The name Wado-ryu is composed of three different ideograms (kanji, in Japanese). The first kanji, Wa (和), like it often happens with Japanese ideograms, has several meanings and facets. Wa is used to indicate the summa – harmony and peace – but it also represents everything that is Japanese. Kanji Do (道) literally means way, path or pathway but in a more spiritual sense. Do (道) is also way, manner, life style. Kanji Ryu (流) means style or school. The name Wado-ryu derives from the motto Ten Chi Jin no Ri-do ni Wa Suru. Ten means sky, Chi means earth, Jin means human being, Ri-do means reason, truth and Wa puts together all these concepts, namely the harmony of all these elements. The phrase can be translated as follows: Harmony can be reached only by researching into the inner reason of the sky (spiritual and intellectual sphere), of the earth (material, body and practical sphere) and of the human being (heart, courage, love). This way, the term Wado suggests that to train the body on its own is not enough like in sports, in the same way to train the mind and the spirit on their own is not enough, like in the study and meditation, in order to be able to realize our potential. Wado-ryu aims at pursuing the way to harmony by training the body, the mind and the spirit, by fostering and cultivating a healthy, ethical and profitable life style for oneself and the others. In Wado-ryu the martial arts are seen as a process of growth and human enhancement in the largest way as possible, in the wave of the true spirit of Japanese Budō.