The LA Tenri Dojo is an auxiliary activity of the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters in America. The dojo began with the intent of judo training and teaching the ideals of the its philosophy and in essence, fosters mutual understanding and respect among its athletes.
Tenrikyo teaches that we humans borrow the physical bodies as temporal vessels to experience life in the physical realm. In other words, the body is on loan to us by God. Thus, an effort to care for the body as well as to find joy in its function is a major event of a faithful. To bow and extend our respect to our practice partner or opponent during competition is not only to the individual alone but to the body with which we practice judo.
In this way, judo and the teachings of Tenrikyo have, over the years, found a complementary relationship that has benefited both.
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