A monk asked Yun Men “How is it when the tree withers and the leaves fall?”Yun Men said “Body exposed,the golden wind”Learning the Tao through the Body: "Zen in Movement" a Way of our "Rebel Health", a libertarian practice, a step, a heart, a way of living and learning, of seeding in each step, as each step, a new world. It is the flowering and blooming of that new World-Heart in each step, as each step, in each hug we give to the horizon we are. Augusto Alcalde
Splinter is Hamato Yoshi. He was a martial art instructor for the Foot Clan, based in Japan. He was framed by his rival, Oroku Saki for trying to murder their common dojo master. Being unable to prove his innocence, he moved away and lived as a hermit and befriended the rats. He found four baby turtles which were accidentally dropped by a boy. He kept and treated them like his children. He found the turtles venturing near broken barrels that were oozing glowing chemical liquid. As he tried to recover them from danger and to clean them with his bare hands, they were all affected by the chemical which was a mutagen. The turtles turned into young anthropomorphic turtles. Hamato himself, became a humanoid Zen Rat.Since then, Yoshi raised the turtles by himself. He also taught them the art of Zen & Kung Fu in order to protect themselves better, since people above ground would not accept them.Hamato was given the nickname "Splinter" by his adoptive sons. Splinter, having seen how humans could treat each other at times, concluded that he preferred his new state, particularly due to the relationship he had with his sons.