Our dojo emblem / mon is designed to represent perserverence and courage, as the plum flower endures a hard winter and is the first flower to blossom in the spring. Each one of the emblem's five petals represent the universal elements of earth, water, fire, wind and sky / void. Its outer circle is based on a Japanese Zen Buddhist enso.


Our dojo's name is Shoshinkan. The word "shoshin" means "beginner's mind", and refers to having an open mind to learning, being non-judgemental and being without preconceived ideas, like that of a beginner. It is a term used in Japanese martial arts and Zen Buddhism. "Shoshin" may further be summed up by the following quote from Suzuki Sensei, a Zen master of the Soto school:


"In the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities. In the mind of the expert, there are few."


The word "kan" in this instance is referring to a martial arts dojo.