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In the January-February 2016 issue of the Japanese-language Fitness Business Magazine, KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato explained his founding principles for KAATSU.
His principles serve the foundation for the KAATSU concept and the underlying goals of KAATSU Global, Inc. and KAATSU International University in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The article in Japanese reads, "My principles were established to improve the health and elicit smiles of people around the world.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of KAATSU Training, which I was inspired to invent when I was a student sitting on my knees at a Buddhist ceremony in 1966. I went on to build my know-how through trial and error and ongoing research and development.
During this period, KAATSU Training's official, globally-consistent method, known as 'Dr. Sato’s KAATSU Protocol', was established so that physicians and trainers around the world could offer the training to prevent and treat ailments. It is my hope to share KAATSU Medicine around the world to help prevent and treat ailments.
A turning point came in 2008.
The year before, China and Sri Lanka began adopting KAATSU Training. In Sri Lanka, where the then-Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) hailed from and where the South Asia regional office of WHO was located, KAATSU spread like wildfire. It started with Sri Lanka’s president, its high-ranking government officials, and other key individuals in the country. This adoption eventually led to an offer from Sri Lanka to establish KAATSU International University there.
The University was established in 2009 [see below]. After that, there was no stopping as KAATSU Training as it spread globally to Russia, to the United States and to other countries.
Yet, there is one country where the spread of KAATSU Training is lagging behind the others: Japan. Can you guess why?
It’s because the Powers That Be do not practice it. Once they do, they will be aware of its value. In the rest of the world, not only fitness-club owners and physicians, but also key government officials have personally experienced KAATSU Training, becoming aware of its benefits and incorporating it in their own personal training regimens.
Last September, we applied to the WHO for KAATSU to become the "Third Medicine" after Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine. It is certain to be approved within three years. What I ultimately want to do with those trained in KAATSU Medicine is to create “KAATSU Doctors Without Borders" and send them off to the world to help those in need.
If we wanted to see Japan’s fitness industry grow, we will need to regain what we Japanese had in the past: our compassion for others. If more people said, “Let’s use what we have to bring smiles to the faces of others in need. Not to do it for the money, but for the joy it brings to us,” I believe the fitness industry in Japan will begin to thrive.
As the Japanese saying goes, “Compassion is not for the benefit of others."
I'm sure that someday the reward will come back to us.
Sri Lanka has 2,400 years of Buddhist history. That is twice as long as that in Japan. People in Sri Lanka are compassionate and courteous. So were the people in Japan, but not so much today. I believe that the Japanese people must get back to their roots of being compassionate, courteous, pious, and thankful of others and our ancestors.
But when we think of Japan in the future, rather than thinking of how the Japanese should be, we should think of how the Global Citizen should be. After all, it’s because we are all one world.
In the movie Independence Day, when the aliens came to attack our earth in the end, the whole world united to fight them. When I saw that scene, the realization that we are all but one world came over me.
The content of health has the power to make the world one. There is no country in the world where people do not wish for good health. My hope for the young in the fitness industry is to have a world vision in creating original contents for health in order to help make the world a better place."
Professor Sir Yoshiaki Sato, M.D., Ph.D., FNAI was born in 1948 and currently serves as the Chancellor of KAATSU International University in Sri Lanka [see below] and the Chairman of the Center for KAATSU Research at Harvard Medical School.
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