• Bushido Warrior Code

  • Bushido Warrior Code

    Bushido, (boo shee do) is Japanese for “way of the warrior.” Bushido was a warrior’s code of ethics developed over centuries in feudal Japan. Bushido permitted a warrior to determine right from wrong.

    Traditionally, students of the martial arts were expected to observe the seven virtues of Bushido. Today we acknowledge the Bushido code of ethics and its history and try to adapt this into our lifestyles.

    We can hardly begin a discussion on Bushido without introducing the Samurai warrior. After all, it is the Samurai that developed, chose, and dedicated their entire lives to the unwritten code of conduct, known as Bushido.

    To do less, would be a dishonour to their memory and the legacy of martial ways, which still serves to prevent many of us from being barbarous savages, in our own martial art. 

    The Samurai are legendary in their warrior prowess and skill. Dedication, loyalty, and true honour were the characteristics of these warriors, that made them famous as well as a sought after commodity by the ruling class. 

  • The Seven Virtues of Bushido

    Justice – Justice is the code that forms the backbone of the martial artist. Without it you can never be a true martial artist. Justice is not only to know right from wrong, but to always act accordingly, and to not change your stance because of outside pressure.

    Courage – Courage is the act of bravery in the face of adversity. However, it is only true courage when it is paired with justice. That is to say, courage is only recognisable when it is used to right wrongs.

    Benevolence - Benevolence is a true feeling for others. It involves love, mercy, affection and gentleness to your fellow man. Justice and courage make you a better person but you also need benevolence to balance out the spirit.

    Politeness - Politeness is a manifestation of benevolence. That is to say, because we care about other people, we act in a way that will not offend them. Politeness is only a virtue when we use it because of benevolence, not because we fear the repercussions of our behaviour.

    Veracity (Sincerity) – Veracity is to tell the truth. You should be proud of your word and it should be your bond. Veracity is an extension of the code of honour. In Samurai times lying was considered cowardly and the word of the Samurai was always accepted because everyone knew that the Samurai would not dishonour himself by lying.

    Honour - To the Samurai, honour was:

    -  The understanding of their own self worth and dignity and

    -  The understanding of their station in life.

    You should be proud of your achievements and act in a manner that ensures that you are never ashamed of your actions. Not only should you be honourable but you should also know when a situation calls for redress. From early in life, shame was used to educate children in what was correct behaviour and what was not. Honour was not vain, but an understanding and discharging of their moral responsibilities.

    Loyalty - Loyalty often calls upon us to make self sacrifice for the overall good of all. Our club depends on the loyalty of all its students and instructors to ensure its existence. Loyalty was one of the main foundations of the Bushido system. Loyalty to family, Samurai and Lords was given freely and the entire Bushido system is built around it.