Ryuukuu Shinken is a form of Chinese Martial Arts that revolves around Taoist philosophy. The art teaches its students how to transcend the limitations of the human form and human existence and experience Enlightenment through the fists. Enlightenment is control of the cycle of death and rebirth. It is control over the human form. It is the awakening of the mind and the joining of a greater universal consciousness. Humans who hone techniques capable of taking life must possess an equal amount of spirit. It comes not from compassion and love, but from self restraint and absolute austerity.