The First Strike Code of honor
At First Strike LCS we form our main ethos around inclusivity and diversity – we accept people from all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life with a view to attracting not only avid movie fans but also novice and talented martial artists and people who enjoy a little exercise.
Our mission statement is to deliver Light-saber based combat training to people of all ages and abilities, fitness levels and health.
Within First strike we have adopted the theme of Yin and yang to represent our art (or ‘Ato’) as it can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (for instance shadow cannot exist without light) which bears a strong resemblance to ‘The Force’. The usage of term “Ato” to arts is a modern one, and historically the term meant a way of life encompassing physical, spiritual, and moral dimensions with a focus of self-improvement, fulfillment, or personal growth much in the same as the term ‘Budo’ when applied to the Art of War.
The art we have developed is known as Shi-Chi Sutaru and is a rough translation meaning ‘7 styles’.
We will achieve mastery of the Shi-Chi Sutaru by:
- Running regular Battle Ready classes in the seven forms that make up Shi-Chi Sutaru.
- Giving progressive instruction and working within each other’s’ limits, but still striving to constantly improve.
- Respecting other peoples’ abilities, qualities, strengths and weaknesses encompassing it all for the benefit of the art as a whole.
Shi-Chi Sutaru promotes the principles of honor, discipline, loyalty, fair play, respect, passion and controlled aggression whilst applying learning experiences within the Ato.