How to joining our dojo

My dojo space is my exercise/meditation room in my home where go to exercise workout, practice daily Buddhist meditations, ritual and it also services as my session space for Reiki and Shiatsu sessions with my clients. This is private, personal, and spiritual space, where I invite a select choose few to share learn and grow as a martial artist and human beings.It is a place of learning and exploration, new members must make an appointment for their interview, after interview they will be allowed give one free class where the student or I of the will then watch the student, the seniors students will then give me their opinion on the new student and I will allow or not allow the student.This a traditional school, to be allowed entry, is at my discussion. Teacher says the student does, no question asked. You’re first here will physical conditioning and ukemi. You must demonstrate patient and perseverance, you earn the right to learn kata and waza.

Beggaring me through comments and messages on the internet or through email is not the way, insult the teacher’s skill level and attacking other teachers names is not the way. Being disrespectful in any way; you will not be exempt as a student. For entry into the school, you must be able the follow to the rules and guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo and demonstrate the Seven Principles of Bushido.

The Seven Principles of Bushido

1. Rectitude. Correct judgment or procedure for the resolution of righteousness. “To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.”

2. Courage. A virtue only in the cause of righteousness. Death for an unworthy cause was termed a dog’s death. “It is true courage to live when it is right to live, and to die only when it is right to die.”

3. Benevolence. Love, affection for others, sympathy and nobility of feeling are regarded as the highest attributes of the soul. “Benevolence brings under its sway whatever hinder its power just as water subdues fire.”4. Politeness. A poor virtue if it is actuated only by a fear of offending good taste. Rather it should stem from a sympathetic regard for the feeling of others. “In its highest form politeness approaches love.”5. Veracity. “Truthfulness.” Lying was deemed cowardly, and it was regarded as dishonorable. Indeed the word of a samurai guaranteed the truthfulness of an assertion. No oath is necessary. “Propriety carried beyond bounds becomes a lie.”

6. Honor. A vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth is implicit in the word honor. “Dishonor is like a scar on a tree which time, instead of effacing only helps to enlarge.”

7. Loyalty. Only in the code of chivalrous honor does loyalty assume importance. In the conflict between loyalty and affection the code never wavers from the choice of loyalty. “A samurai was obliged to appeal to the intelligence and conscience of his sovereign by demonstrating the sincerity of his words with the shedding of his own blood.”

I have an additional test to test your spirit, through communications (electronic, written, etc.).  If you cannot follow the principles and guidelines of participating in the Bujinkan, I will remove you from my school and/or denied you access. One of the forms you sign on admitting is the Guidelines of Participation in the Bujinkan, I may every student before joining my dojo read and sign a form stating that they understand and will be guided by these guidelines.

Charles Lucas
Rukasu Budo Dojo

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