SHISEI KAI KUN

RULES OR GUIDELINES

 

I  WILL STRIVE TO PERFECT MY CHARACTER

EACH OF US MUST UNDERSTAND THIS JOURNEY AND STUDY OF BUDO IS A LIFE-LONG PURSUIT. THE REAL LESSONS ON THE MAT ARE IN PERFECTION OF ONE'S CHARACTER, TO MAKE ONE A BETTER PERSON, ABLE TO LIVE MORE HARMONIOUSLY WITH OTHERS. PERFECTION OF ONE'S SELF IS ESSENTIAL IN THIS GOAL. MOST MARTIAL ARTS CAN TEACH SELF DEFENSE, SOME DO THIS BETTER THAN OTHERS. SELF DEFENSE IS NOT THE ONLY GOAL - HONING AND FORGING ONE'S SELF IS MORE IMPORTANT. BECOMING A BETTER PERSON IS WHAT WE LEARN BY TRAINING IN BUDO.

I WILL BE FAITHFUL AND TRUTHFUL

WE MUST BE TRUTHFUL WITH OURSELVES IN OUR LIVES AND IN TRAINING, ALSO WE MUST BE FAITHFUL TO OUR OBJECTIVES OF PERFECTION OF OUR CHARACTER. THIS MEANS WE MUST BE ABLE TO EFFACE OUR OWN EGO AND CONFRONT THOSE THINGS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT IN AN HONEST MANNER. WE MUST ALSO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR TRAINING AND TRUTHFUL WITH OUR PARTNERS BY GIVING OURSELVES TO THE ATTACK, GIVING HONEST FEEDBACK AND NOT BEING COMPETITIVE. REALIZING THE TRUE TRAINING OCCURS IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF NON-COMPETITIVENESS AND CREATIVITY. WE MUST ALSO TRUST THE PROCESS - LET TRAINING DO ITS WORK.

I WILL ENDEAVOR TO EXCEL

IN MY JOURNEY IN BUDO, I WILL DO MY VERY BEST IN ALL THINGS, MY BEST EFFORT ALWAYS, REALIZING THAT I MAY NEVER OBTAIN PERFECTION. I WILL APPLY THIS AXIOM IN ALL THINGS, SEEKING TO EXCEL AND BE THE "BEST I CAN BE". I WILL LEARN TO ACCEPT "VICTORY" WITH THE SAME ENTHUSIASM I ACCEPT "DEFEAT", LEARNING FROM BOTH.

I WILL RESPECT OTHERS

I WILL PRACTICE PROPER COURTESY AND RESPECT TO MY FAMILY, MY SCHOOL, MY TRAINING PARTNERS. I WILL TRAIN WITH "MUTUAL WELFARE AND BENEFIT" FOR ALL. I WILL STRIVE TO NEVER HARM ANOTHER UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, AND THEN ONLY IN THE DEFENSE OF "LIFE OR LIMB", OR FOR THE WELFARE OF OTHERS.

I WILL RESPECT MYSELF

I WILL RESPECT MY OWN BODY AND STRIVE TO LIVE AND ACT IN A MANNER THAT WILL IMPROVE MY BODY, MIND AND SPIRITUAL SELF. I WILL NOT LIVE IN A MANNER THAT IS HARMFUL TO MYSELF. I WILL NOT TAKE RISKS NEEDLESSLY OR LIVE AND ACT IN A CARELESS MANNER.

I WILL SEEK HARMONY IN ALL THINGS

I WILL STRIVE AT ALL COSTS TO LIVE IN HARMONY IN ALL MY DEALINGS IN LIFE. KNOWING THAT WHEN IT IS TIME TO ACT, I MUST ACT IN A MANNER REFLECTING MY TRUE SELF. I MUST ACT DIRECTLY WHEN I MUST DEFEND MYSELF OR OTHERS, DOING NO MORE HARM THAN NECESSARY. I WILL TAKE ALL OPPORTUNITIES AND AVENUES TO AVOID STRIFE WITH OTHERS, BUT WHEN FORCED TO ACT, I WILL TAKE ALL MEASURES TO BE VICTORIOUS.

I WILL HAVE A BEGINNER'S MIND

I WILL APPROACH EVERY CLASS AND EVERY INTERACTION WITH THE MIND OF A "BEGINNER". I WILL STRIVE TO BE BOTH RECEPTIVE AND CREATIVE, WHILE AVOIDING BEING OVER CRITICAL OF MYSELF OR OTHERS. I REALIZE THE KEY TO LEARNING IS IN A LIFE-LONG CYCLE IN INTROSPECTION AND IMPROVEMENT. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT - I MUST HAVE A FLEXIBLE MIND, OPEN TO LEARNING FROM EVERYONE AND EVERY ACTION.

 

DOJO KUN FOR CHILDREN

RESPECT OTHERS

RESPECT OF OTHERS IS THE BEGINNING TO RESPECTING MYSELF.

BE TRUTHFUL

HONESTY IS THE BEST WAY TO LIVE. BE HONEST WITH MYSELF FIRST.

DO MY VERY BEST

I WILL BECOME WHO I "AM" BY DOING MY BEST.

DO NO HARM TO OTHERS

AVOID FIGHTING AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE WHO ARE WEAKER THAN MYSELF. USE MY KNOWLEDGE FOR GOOD.

DEFEND MYSELF AS A LAST RESORT

DO NOT FIGHT UNLESS THERE ARE NO OTHER OPTIONS.

OBEY MY TEACHERS

MY TEACHERS ARE THE KEY TO MY FUTURE, I WILL BE RESPECTFUL OF THEM.

OBEY MY PARENTS

I WILL HONOR AND OBEY MY PARENTS ABOVE ALL THINGS.

 


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