"Traditionally, the study
of Jujitsu consist of both the practice of skills and the
adherence to ethics. The skills learned from Jujitsu practice
hone our physical bodies; sharpen our reflexes and strengthen our
resolve and they should be counterbalanced by good conduct.
The philosophy of Jujitsu
is the achieving of harmonious values by individuals who live by
peace, wisdom, morals, love and self discipline through
intellectual means. The primary goal of learning Jujitsu is to
become a better understanding person who lives with a greater
expectation of a sincere life.
Good quality of life also
requires having a healthy life both mentally and physically. The
art of Jujitsu cannot exist without the mental aspect; which is
the foundation that physical improvements are built upon. Jujitsu
is much more than just a workout. It is an alteration, both
physically and mentally, of ones lifestyle that will last a
lifetime. It seems to be an issue of bridging the actions with
the thoughts, or integrating fighting with philosophy.
accomplishment requires a certain amount of dedication, effort and
discipline. This is no less evident in Jujitsu training. Every
aspect of Jujitsu requires the harmonization of the mind and
body. This harmonization is achieved through mental focus and
concentration combined with proper respiration and accurate
The aim of Jujitsu
training is the welfare of the practitioner. Not only should
self-defense skills be attained, but more importantly the focus
should be on the individuals character development. A
well-rounded personality can be realized only if the spirit is
Therefore the main goal
in Jujitsu practice is to cultivate a person's mind and body: not
to use it as a means to vent ones anger, frustration or emotional
problems. As serious Jujitsu practitioners, we should accept a
philosophy of non-violence - a physical confrontation should be
avoided whenever possible. The use of force is condoned only in
self-defense or in the defense of those who are defenseless. It
does not condone meaningless rivalry, foolish stunts, intimidation
of others, violent behavior, criminal activities, self-preening
vanity, and any vices or addictions. The Jujitsu practitioner
displays this courage in the use of his skills to satisfy the
demands of ethics, and in defense of his country or fellow human
beings against unjust violence, to the point of supreme
self-sacrifice, if necessary. The Jujitsu practitioner should use
his knowledge only to protect himself and others from harm, and
then only to the extent to protect and remove himself from the
If it is necessary to use
Jujitsu against an adversary, the practitioner should still use
self-restraint and good judgment. A properly trained Jujitsu
practitioner will do everything possible to avoid a physical
confrontation, not only because he knows that such a confrontation
is unnecessary, but also because he knows that he has a better
than average chance of successfully defending himself and because
a physical confrontation is philosophically degrading, as it
indicates that all other means of avoidance have failed.
The Jujitsu practitioner
should also adopt an attitude of self-control; he must bend like
the willow. All of these will help him become a better person
and, at the same time, help him avoid unnecessary confrontations.
It is the inner peace and confidence that the practitioner
develops that makes this possible. Patience is the key.
Discipline is the
exercising of self-control. In Jujitsu, this concept encompasses
the emotions, actions, and mental activities of its
practitioners. It is one of the cornerstones from which mastery
The ability to defend
oneself greatly improves self-confidence. Self-confidence
combined with better judgment, integrity and overall improvement
in lifestyle brings a positive attitude.
The mental aspect of
Jujitsu is not quickly seen when compared to the almost immediate
physical improvements. Improvement of physical ability gained
from training will be immediately visible to the practitioner
himself, while improvement of the mental aspect will be recognized
by those around him.
Physical activities used
to enhance mental conditioning are helpful in developing a
positive self image. The physical aspect of training is a direct
mirror of how much energy the individual is putting into his
internal growth. The harder he trains his body, the more he grows
Every practitioner of
Jujitsu should realize that honesty is the foundation of all
virtues. Kindness is the secret of business prosperity.
Amiability is the essence of success. Working pleasantly is the
mother of health. Strenuous effort and diligence conquer adverse
circumstances. Simplicity, fortitude, and manliness are the keys
to joy and gladness; and service to humanity is the fountain of
mutual existence and common prosperity. Courtesy, respect,
modesty, loyalty, generosity, and dedication are not only the
source, but the reward of the training.
Unlike many other styles
of martial arts, Jujitsu continually strives to live up to the
seven principles of the Code of Bushido "the way of the warrior."
The Code of Bushido teaches humility, truthfulness, bravery,
benevolence, compassion, sincerity, loyalty and devotion to our
families, friends, and country as well as every aspect of our
lives. As Jujitsu practitioners, we believe that the Code of
Bushido serves as our constant reminder to perfect our character.
Looking at it from
today's perspective, ethics in Jujitsu manifests itself mainly in
the following ways.
The first is humility.
Being humble is not easy for a martial artist. This is especially
true for those who have some small accomplishments already. It is
easy to look down on others who are less skilled and become unduly
vain and arrogant. It is also easy to become short-sighted and
narrow-minded, often praising oneself and putting others down.
The result is unnecessary prejudices that often exist between
different styles of martial arts. The fact is, all styles have
their own merit and all have individuals who have attained high
levels of accomplishments. Determining which style is better than
another is neither possible nor necessary. The study of martial
arts itself is an unending journey.
All who have great
accomplishments also display great humility. This is because,
without humility, no one is capable of learning. The more humble
a person is, the more willing he is to learn. This is the
prerequisite to the attainment of knowledge. "As an empty cup can
be readily filled, an open mind is sure to learn."
The second aspect is courage. The willingness
to stand up for truth and justice is a traditional virtue in
martial arts. The courage spoken of here is a higher kind of
courage. It is the courage of self-sacrifice, or standing up for
the truth, regardless of what the odds are or what the cost may
be. It is not petty bravery of proving one's self-worth by
engaging in meaningless rivalry, foolish stunts or the
intimidation of others. The courage in this sense is an important
test of a person's true worth. In times of danger or crisis, a
martial artist must stand up and be counted. The willingness to
sacrifice is the hallmark of a true martial artist. No human
endeavor can ever be possible without some sacrifice.
The third aspect is integrity. A true martial
artist must have a high moral character, be open, forthright and
honest. He should never be intimidated by power, corrupted by
money, nor weakened by desire. A person must never be vain, but
he can never be without pride. The true martial artist must have
enough pride not to be used and corrupted by others, or lower
oneself to grovel at the feet of the rich and powerful. He will
never permit himself to be used by evil. The independence and
integrity of personal character must be defended at all cost so
that we may stand tall under any circumstances. In doing so, one
will always have a clear conscience and righteous strength. This
is the physical manifestation of the Jujitsu spirit through
merging principles of the way and the art.
Last but not least, is respect. Respect and
sensitivity toward others has a strong effect on personal
relationships, both at work or at school, and with friends and
family. Along with the mental connection and respect for others,
comes an awareness of others and their needs.
Respect for others who are senior and from whom
we learn is essential for learning. Without this basic element,
the teacher cannot teach and the learner cannot learn.
Practitioners should not only show etiquette
for the seniority system and honor senior members but show respect
for oneself, other practitioners and all human beings.
We should always honor our families, and give
without the expectation of receiving. Striving for family honor
is a lifetime responsibility. As a member of a family, one's
first duty is to be filial to parents, to be helpful and
harmonious with our consort, and to be affectionate to brothers
and sisters, in order that the family may be a sound, successful
and harmonious unit of the community.
As a member of a nation one must be grateful
for the protection which one derives as a citizen; one must guard
against self-interest and foster a spirit of social service.
This principle can be further expanded to
include respect for other human beings, respect for society,
institutions, other nations, cultures and all aspects of life and
nature. Only when there are sufficient numbers of people who
share this respect can we hope to change our world of violence and
chaos into a world of peace and order.
As Jujitsu practitioners we should also use
ethics as a frame of reference for our daily behavior and
activities. We are responsible to demonstrate the 'codes' in and
out of the training area. This example shows that we do not
consider our art separately from our everyday life, that it is
part of everything. This demonstrates the strength of our art and
makes us good practitioners and teachers.
One should be discrete in action, yet hold
courage in high regard, and strive to cultivate manliness. One
should be gentle, modest, polite, and resourceful to eccentric;
but striving always to practice moderation in all things. One
should also realize that these qualities constitute the secret of
the practice of Jujitsu.
Like a drawing in ink of the whispering of the
wind in the pines, the secrets of Jujitsu can only be suggested.
Only through personal experience can one comprehend the mystic
ecstasy of such secrets. And only by cultivating a receptive
state of mind, without preconceived ideas or thoughts can one
master the secret art of reacting spontaneously and naturally
without hesitation and without purposeless resistance."