What does this symbol mean?

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by JamesR, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. JamesR

    JamesR Valued Member

    Hi all, just wondering what this symbol is / means?

    Thank you very much in advance :)

  2. Dean Winchester

    Dean Winchester Valued Member

    Looks like a mon or kamon, Japanese crest or family crest.

    It's familiar but I can't put my finger on where I've seen it.
  3. Dao

    Dao Valued Member

    It is called a "tomoe" (as in tomoe nage, where the body of tori resembles the shape) and is a symbol associated with Hachimon, who is the Shinto god of war.

    Because the symbol became associated with the god of war it was also associated with the Samurai and is prevalent on the family crests of may Samurai families.

    Why do you ask? What is the specific interest?

  4. JamesR

    JamesR Valued Member

    Just seen it on a Ju Jitsu video and was wondering, thanks for helping me out!
  5. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

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