Bushido (”The Way of The Warrior”) is the Japanese word used for the code of honor that the Japanese samurai warriors lived by.
Bushido is inspired by Buddhism and has a stoic view of life. Honor and loyalty were the two most important attributes to the samurai - even if it would cost them their life. The remaining five rules of the code were justice, compassion, heroic courage, courtesy and thruthfulness. The samurai were extremely disciplined warriors and wouldn’t break their rules for anything.
Now, as a martial artist you learn how to inflict critical damage on another human being; and as Peter Parkers uncle wisely tells him in the movie Spiderman: ”with great power comes great responsibility!”
So even if martial arts training gives you the possibility to seriously hurt someone; it should also come with the traditional values of Bushido.
A true martial artist who have been in the game for years has sacrificed sweat, blood and tears. He has been choked, slammed, locked and maybe even knocked out a couple of times… These rough trials disciplines the mind as well as the body. It breaks the ego down and makes you humble. Those who can’t handle it, they quit.
But those who persevere through the tough times become real warriors. And to me, this is represented by these five things listed here below.
A true warrior…
- believes in justice and seeks not to fight others, but to master his inside in all situations of life.
- makes a full commitment to his decisions and does not look back, but learn from his past and move forward.
- is humble in speaking, but ruthless in doing.
- does not worry about what he can’t control - and so he can live freely.
- respects all human beings and living creatures, including nature - doing what he can to help and preserve it.
To me a true warrior also tries his best no matter what task is at hand. He/she should make no difference in the gym, dojo or school. Excellence is not an act but a habit, so practice it always.
Live like a warrior, and influence the people arround you.
Together we create better people, and in extension a better world