Code of Ethics
Ethics of Ju-Jitsu
As the martial arts modernized and became a more open-ended activity and pastime,the once-ingrained moral codes of the warrior class,the Bushi,had to be taught to the martial arts practitioners,who moved from a social class system to a modern day democracy and a relatively class-less society.Thus the dojo ku (sayings) and other such admonitions became even more important in order to teach the proper attitude among its practitioners.In today’s modern society,a person can expect to experience many difficulties throughout life.This can be attributed to many things:some social irresponsible behaviour, a degradation of the family unit or even the rapid evolution in technology.We are a product of society;therefore we are affected by these as well as other negative forces during the course of our personality development.In today’s modern society,people are looking for ways to improve the quality of life almost at any cost.Training martial arts is a transformative and holistic mind-body-spirit experience because martial arts can and should allow us to transform ourselves.Through its training,we should develop a healthier body,an ethical and moral fibre, and a spiritual side. Martial arts should be able to show us that all things are connected in the universe,that our mind is connected to our body, which is connected to our spirit.
There is an old saying pertaining to martial arts,which states,“One must first learn civility before he learn the art,and one must first know his ethics before he knows his skills.” Civility here refers to good manners,courtesy,respect and consideration for others.Ethics,on the other hand,is a fundamental set of acceptable behavior which codifies the spirit of martial arts and which martial artists can rely on to cultivate their body and mind,and to guide their everyday actions and judgement.Ethics is an indivisible part of the study of martial art and sets the moral guidelines for martial artists.Ethics principles serve as the traditional,cultural and social standard by which practitioners are trained in martial arts.Central to these principles is the concept of non-violence,respect for oneself and others,loyalty to one’s family and country,and the following of the natural way.The adherence to ethics confirms our moral obligation of society and fellow human beings.The concept also includes the attitudes,lifestyle as well as the social and moral behavior of the practitioner.It is the manner in which one behaves in both word and action.A practitioner of martial arts is not only a superior athlete,well-versed in combat,but also upstanding citizen with good moral and social virtues.Fulfilling the ethics principles is the true spirit and ultimate goal of the way of martial arts inspire all of us (less than perfect beings) to continually strive for perfection within ourselves.
ETHICS IN JU-JITSU
Traditionally,the studies of Ju-Jitsu consist of both the practice of skills and the adherence to ethics.The skills learned from Ju-Jitsu practice hone our physical bodies,sharpen our reflexes and strengthen our resolves and they should be counterbalanced by good conduct.The philosophy of Ju-jitsu is the achieving of harmonious values by individuals who live by peace,wisdom,morals,love and self-discipline through intellectual means.The primary gold of learning Ju-jitsu 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 Ju-jitsu cannot exist without the mental aspect,which is the foundation that physical improvements are built upon.Ju-jitsu 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 and philosophy.
Any worthwhile accomplishment requires a certain amount of dedication,effort and discipline.This is no less evident in Ju-jitsu training.Every aspect of Ju-Jitsu requires the harmonization of the mind and body.This harmonization is achieved through mental focus and concentration combing with proper respiration and accurate physical techniques.The aim of the Ju-Jitsu training is the welfare of the practitioner.Not only self-defense skills should be attained,but more importantly the focus should be on the individual’s character development.A well rounded personally can be realized only if the spirit is right.Therefore the main goal in Ju-Jitsu practice is to cultivate a person’s mind and body;not to use is as a means to vent one’s anger,frustration or emotional problems.As the serious Ju-Jitsu practitioners we should accept a philosophy of non-violence – a physical confrontation should be avoided wherever possible. The use of force is condoned only is 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,any vices or addictions.The Ju-Jitsu 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 Ju-Jitsu 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 situation.If it is necessary to use Ju-Jitsu against an adversary,the practitioner should still use self-restraint and good judgement.A properly trained Ju-Jitsu practitioner will do everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation,not only because he knows that such 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 Ju-Jitsu practitioner should also adopt an attitude of self-control – he must bend like the willow.All of these 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 Ju-Jitsu,this concept encompasses the emotions,actions,and mental activities of its practitioners.It is one of the cornerstones from which mastery is attained.
The ability of defend oneself greatly improves self-confidence.Self-confidence combined with better judgement,integrity and overall improvement in lifestyle brings a positive attitude.