The Bujinkan shall be open to
only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan
Dojo. Those not doing so shall not be allowed to join. Specifically:
1. Only those who have read and
agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.
2. Only those able to exercise
true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate.
3. A physician’s
examination report shall be required (when felt neccessary). Specifically, individuals with
mental illness, drug addiction, or mentally instability shall be barred
from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals
who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious
diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities
or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.
4. Individuals with criminal
records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those who commit crimes,
and those who break domestic laws shall be turned away.
5. Those not upholding
the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members
of society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable acts shall be
6. Regarding accidents
occurring during training (both inside and outside the dojo), one
should not cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is an extremely important
point. Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents
occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted. Reiterating
for clarity, the Bujinkan shall not take responsibility for any accidents
happening in the course of training, regardless of the location.
7. All those joining the Bujinkan
must get an annual member’s card. This card not only preserves
the honor of the Bujinkan members, it indicates you are part of a
larger whole — one whose members come together with warrior
hearts to better themselves through training and friendship. It evinces
the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly
8. The tradition of the Bujinkan
recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware
of that which flows naturally between the two parts:
“The secret principle of
Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace.
To study is the path to the immovable
THE CODE OF THE DOJO:
1. To know that patience comes
2. To know that the path of
Man comes from justice.
3. To renounce avarice, indolence,
4. To recognize sadness and
worry as natural, and to seek the immovable heart.
5. To not stray from the path
of loyalty and brotherly love, and to delve always
deeper into the heart of Budo.
To follow this code is part
of the dojo’s guidelines.
Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke