The meaning of InYo
Tanigawa Sensei's deeper understanding of Goju which he refers to as Inyo. The techniques (waza) of Inyo Karate Do contain both hard method techniques (Go ho waza) and soft method techniques (Ju ho waza). This correct blend of techniques comes from the Japanese interpretation of the Chinese ‘Yin Yang’ philosophy, these dual qualities are known as ‘In’ and ‘Yo’ respectively. ‘Inyodo’, meaning ‘The Way of Yin and Yang’.
The inyo symbol has a large circle (Yo) that represents the universe. Within this and connecting with it at just one point, there is a smaller circle (In). The larger area is usually white, the smaller circle is red. When red, it reflects the image of the sun disc on the Japanese flag and the white crescent is seen as representative of the moon.
In Yo can be translated as Hard and Soft, Fast and Slow, Linear and Circular, Internal and External, In Yo is the balance of all things and is the ideal name of a school that seeks such a balance in both mind and body. The outside circle (Yo) represents the hard positive forces whilst the smaller circle (In) represents the opposing soft negative forces. They are inseparable as one is contained within the other. It is this correct balance of these opposing forces that provides health and harmony within the Karate student, this will give a understanding and ability to either control or strike an opponent depending on the situation. This ability to be hard and soft is the key and essence to harmony and success in the student’s Karate and Life.