ASH-TE-DO (formerly known as Ashi-Te-Do) is a Cultural Sports Science & Physical Education Form. It is one of the most systematic and scientific sports, that developed in the modern days by merging the several years of experiences of re-owned Physical Education & Martial Arts teachers practicing with traditional & modern Yogic-Martial Arts form. It has gained popularity to teach more than physical fighting skills. It has coordination with the Yogic (Yoga) Movements for Body Flexibility; Dynamic Movements for Sudden Attack of Sudden Rescue; Scientific Knowledge for Traditional Medicare etc. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body, mind & spirit together. Today, it is going to be a global sport that will shortly gain an international reputation, and dreamed to introduce in future Olympic Games.ASH-TE-DO is refined form of Indian (Oriya) word AKHADA which means the Martial Arts Place where the soldiers practiced to develop their fighting skills. In general Akhada is the way of using hand & leg movements with or without Weapons. In general when we follow the traditional language of western part of Orissa (India) the word ASHTEDO, that means the Slower Movements of Mind & Sprit together for a Faster/Shoked/Sudden Attack through Body towards the opponent. It laterally mean as the “Combined Ways of Leg & Hand”.

First, Ash-Te-Do is the right way of using Mind, Body, Spirit together that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of ASH TE DO ‘to put fists & leg techniques under control’. Thus Ash-Te-Do means “the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world.”  The techniques of Ash-Te-Do has been practicing with the thousands of year long history of the Martial World and India is the mainland of the Martial Arts, being called by several different names in the course. In India, Ash-Te-Do began as a defense martial art called “Gauda Akhada”, “Ishan-Akhada”, “Lathi-Yudhha”, “Kalaripayattu” or similar as “Paika-Akhada”, “Bhartiya Youdh Kala” and developed as a way of training body, mind & Sprit from the ancient periods. There are no such official records but it has been proved that the Origins of Martial Arts starts from India (Asian Country). And the techniques are traveled day by day to country to country and upgraded there, and getting sporting recognition.

Ash-Te-Do today is similar to the martial arts in other Oriental countries and shares some features with them, because in the course of its evolution it has gained many different styles that existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding India like, Japan and China. But Ash-Te-Do is very different from many such oriental martial arts. First, physically it is very dynamic with “sudden and active” movements that include a mirage of foot skills. Second, the principle physical movements are in simpatico with that of the mind and life as a whole. Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another perspective. Ash-Te-Do can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, spirit and life. When you do Ash-Te-Do, you should make your mind peaceful, controlling your Soul Power and synchronize your mind with your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Ash-Te-Do the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same. Ash-Te-Do would be no different from any other street-fighting skills. Ash-Te-Do pursues harmonious growth and improvements of life through its unique activities. This is why one could say Ash-Te-Do is a way of life. To ultimately enable ourselves to lead more valuable lives, we would do well by finding the guiding principles deeply hidden in Ash-Te-Do.