The meaning of Gaku Shi Juku
Gaku = to study in depth
Shi = to think
Juku = to ripen
Kendo is a Japanese martial art, which has its own theory and techniques. Confucius and Confucianism have given a great influence to swordsmen, both this theory and that Confucianism have formed BUSHIDO (the philosophy of how a Samurai should live and act).
Of course only through hard training can the Kendoka strengthen his or her body and mind, but at the same time we must remember the word of Confucius:
“If you want to learn something, first you must find a good teacher. But after learning from the teacher if you do not think about the precept of the teacher, you cannot develop yourself”
Gaku Shi means to think about the precept again and again after learning from your teacher.
Juku means a kind of school where you study not only the techniques of Kendo, but also how you should live and act.