Training in budo is the study of reality of life and death and the pursuit of spiritual strength with which to face that reality. The value of training is to experience the essence of reality and break down the barriers of judgment and desire. These barriers separate one from communication and the achievement of spiritual confidence. One must always practice koki, or self-challenge through the practice of shugyo, or daily training to improve quality of his or her chosen art. This is done through seishi-o choetsu, or “transcending life and death.” True budo knows no defeat. Never defeated means never fighting!