Philosophy of Budoshin Ju-Jitsu

Ju-Jitsu (the Gentle Art) is among the most effective and potentially destructive martial arts.  It is the basis for many of the more modern martial arts.  A student proficient in the art of Ju-Jitsu has studied techniques that are a combination of Judo (throws and leverage), Karate (striking and kicking), Aikido (nerves, pressure points, attacker momentum, “ki”), and certain aspects of Kendo (sword fighting) as well as other martial arts.  A student proficient in Ju-Jitsu has the choice of causing his attacker to sense severe pain without any actual injury taking place or cause severe incapacitating injury if necessary. 

 

As a working knowledge of ju-jitsu, particularly Budoshin Ju-Jitsu, will provide you with this potential, your sensei also has a responsibility to help you develop your sense of character around three values essential to a martial artist: integrity, humility and respect, summarized briefly below

INTEGRITY 

Integrity can be defined as your reputation; how you see yourself and, more importantly, how other people see you. Are you trustworthy? Are you reliable? Do you deal honestly with yourself and others? Do you have a code of conduct [how you treat yourself and others] that other people will respect you for and seek to follow you and or your ideals or example? All of these things combine to create your self-image and your sense of integrity. They are based on your sense of respect and humility.

  

HUMILITY
Humility is your ability to be humble while maintaining your integrity. You do not need to be boastful or tell people how wonderful you are or how much you know or what you can do. Although you may be quite knowledgeable or competent, it is for others to discover through your behavior and your actions. It is your ability to sincerely apologize when you have erred and help others who are in need without expecting thanks or compensation. Humility is based upon your sense of integrity and respect for yourself and others.

RESPECT

Respect is your perception of yourself and how others perceive you. It is how you treat others and they treat you. It is about how you would like to be treated by other people. If others see that you respect yourself [you have integrity and humility] then they will respect you. Respect is never something you can innately expect from others. It is something that must be earned and maintained by maintaining your sense of integrity and humility.

 

 

All three of these, integrity, humility and respect are intertwined with each other. The success of one is dependent upon the success of the other two. If you develop one successfully you will have also successfully developed the other two.

 

All three of these values are at least as important as the technical and self-defense skills you will learn as a student of ju-jitsu, or any martial art. Because with the effective knowledge of a martial art comes responsibility. By conducting yourself in a respectful manner with integrity and humility, you will serve as an example to others, you will not abuse your martial arts knowledge, and other people will see you as the credible person that you are.  

 

By making these three values part of your life-philosophy you will also be a happier, more accepting and more successful person in your life because you will have developed an inner sense of confidence that doesn’t have to be proven.