The Zen of Budoshin Jujutsu
  1. Jujutsu is a lifetime Goal.
    Through life, techniques will constantly improve either physically or mentally in daily practice. "Train your heart out, refining your technique: Use the One to strike the Many".
  2. First know yourself, and then others.
    To know others is perceptive. To know yourself is wise. By knowing yourself and your opponent will pave the path to victory. Jujutsu is not to hurt, but is one of the ways through which life opens its secret to us. We can see through others only when we can see through ourselves and jujutsu is a step toward knowing yourself.
  3. Rather than physical technique, mental technique.
    Technique does not make the jujutsuan, the jujutsuan makes the technique. "Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere."
  4. Never think that jujutsu is practiced only in the dojo.
    The world is your dojo. A true jujutsuan trains daily spiritually when not training physically.
  5. Unawareness and neglect cause misfortune.
    Most accidents in life are caused by a lack of awareness, utter laziness and boredom. In jujutsu, you must always be alert and aware to avoid danger to yourself or others. Exercise awareness also beyond the dojo floor. "Donít do anything that is useless."
  6. Always remember jujutsu starts and ends with respect.
    One must have respect for the teaching, respect for one's fellow trainees, and respect and reverence for life. Respect is one of the qualities that distinguishes a human being from a savage animal.
  7. Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.
    To abandon your ego on the dojo floor will teach you humility through practice. If your ego wills you to win, then you will surely lose. "Empty your tea cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality."
  8. Understand the positive negative qualities in everything.
    In jujutsu not every technique will be positive or negative. To understand both its qualities will benefit your training. Do not neglect the techniques that are negative and do not overpractice the ones that are positive, but keep them balanced.
  9. Embrace compassion.
    Even the best physical technique cannot defeat compassion.

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