Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo
"In every moment of life their exists the potential for
discovering our enlightenment."
in the Bujinkan
Issued by: Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke
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: Only
those who have read and agreed with these guidelines
shall be allowed to participate.
Only those able to exercise true patience,
self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to
participate. A physician's examination report shall
be required. Specifically, individuals with mental
illness, drug addiction, or mental 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.
Individuals with criminal
records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those
who commit crimes, and those living in Japan who
break domestic laws shall be turned away.
Those not upholding the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members of
society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable
acts shall be expelled. Until now, the Bujinkan was
open to large numbers of people who came to Japan.
Among them, unfortunately, were those committing
violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and trouble
makers who thought only of themselves and failed to
see how their actions might adversely affect others.
Through their actions, such people were discarding
the traditional righteous heart of the Bujinkan.
From this day forward, all such people shall be
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.
All those joining the Bujinkan must get an
annual membership 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 love.
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 heart (fudoshin)."
Recently, the Bujinkan has
become truly international. Just as there are
various time zones, so exist various taboos among
the world's peoples and nations. We must respect
each other, striving to avoid such taboos. We must
put the heart of the warrior first, working together
for self-improvement and for the betterment of the
Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines
shall be forced out of the Bujinkan.
"I believe that ninpo, the
higher order of ninjutsu, should be offered to the
world as a guiding influence for all martial
artists. After so many generations of
obscurity in the shadowy resources of history, the
philosophy of the ninja is now once again emerging,
because once again, it is the time in human destiny
in which ninpo is needed. May Peace prevail so that
mankind may continue to grow and evolve into the
next great plateau."