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    Default The Practice of Hamon / Hamonjo

    Hello everyone,

    I recall posting something of this nature...Somehow I cannot locate it. From what I understand is that , Hamon is Ex-Communication. Hamonjo is order of communication. Is there anyone who has a tad bit of familliarity of this practice care to share ? Are these practice found in Japanese dojo ?

    considering the limited info on the internet, does this come in a different label ?

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    Prince Loeffler
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    Hello,

    When you become member of a budō school, you “enter the [school’s] gate”, or in Japanese you do “nyūmon” 入門. Now when someone decides that there is the need to expel you from the same school, they “break the [school’s] gate” (“hamon” 破門) for you so that there is no way back, so to say.

    There are few examples in Japanese karate literature concerning people who get a “hamon”. They were expelled from the school, and the former social ties were broken (in most cases).

    Regards,

    Henning Wittwer

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    Hey Prince,
    It happens quite a bit in the koryu arts. Not really frequently, but frequently enough that most doing koryu know about it. It often comes about when someone decides that they don't care for how the head of the school approaches things, and wants to change the way they're done. If you have achieved menkyo kaiden, full transmission of the art, then you can do that. If you haven't gotten to that level, then trying to do things your own way will cause you to be hamoned, thus distancing the school from what you are doing. I have also heard of it happening when someone seriously embarrassed their school through inappropriate behavior, causing the school to distance themselves from said individual.

    As Henning has said, it happens much less frequently in gendai budo.
    Paul Smith
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    Thanks Paul and Henning,

    Does the individual who get ex-communicated also loses or demoted their rank ?

    Thanks again !
    Prince Loeffler
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Loeffler View Post
    Thanks Paul and Henning,

    Does the individual who get ex-communicated also loses or demoted their rank ?

    Thanks again !
    Oh yes. Hamon means to be stripped of all rank and certifications given by the organization or school from which they were expelled. At least, it does in the koryu. It may be a bit more problematic within the gendai arts where there are a number of umbrella organizations through which an individual may have been granted rank.
    Paul Smith
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