"Kaizen" means gradual and continuous improvement. Through our practice of Karate-Do, we improve not just in our Karate techniques, but as people as well. Improvement typically comes in small steps which, when sustained over a period of time, results in large gains. A Japanese proverb states, "If a man has not been seen for three days, his friends should take a good look at him to see what changes have befallen him". The symbol is Shihan Demura's family crest, or Mon.