Are you a trumpet Ninja?
The legends of the Ninja are those that keep the young.... well..... young. While growing up, I loved Ninja movies (Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, American Ninja, The Octagon, Ninja Terminator). Especially all the novels by Eric Van Lustbader (The Ninja, The Mikado, White Ninja, etc.). The 1980’s were chalked full of B movies and novels, the Ninja reigned supreme and I, for one, loved it! One thing that always caught my eye in many of the movies I saw were the symbols the Ninja used before they went into battle. These symbols are known as the Kuji-in – literally, the Nine Symbols (Rin, Kyo, Toh, Sha, Kai, Jin, Retsu, Zai, Zen). Although they have their origins within Taoism, these symbols were adopted as a meditation. But we have given them a mystical aura within Ninja movies, where they are seen as contributing towards the Ninja's supernatural powers and abilities (how else do you expect someone to leap a building in a single bound or flip, have physic abilities and kick some serious butt al at the same time?).
The Nine Symnbols and their meanings:
Rin = I am strong.
Kyo = I am fearless.
Toh = I am confident.
Sha = I am healthy.
Kai = I am focused.
Jin = I am humble.
Retsu = I am powerful.
Zai = I conscious.
Zen = I am illuminated.
As a martial artist myself, I often look to my training for inspiration, focus, and problem solving in everyday life, but particularly with the trumpet. In order to do what we do, we must have all of these qualities. In order to be successful in the field, we must both possess and call upon these qualities at will. The more we are able to call on these “states”, the more successful we will be (or perceive it to be – because perception is always different between two people).
So, are you a trumpet Ninja? Do you possess these attributes? Are you Strong? Fearless? Confident? In good health? Focused? Humble? Powerful? Conscious? Illuminated? Are these qualities part of your mindset?
Perhaps we should all have little Ninja inside of us the next time we set out on the audition trail...