1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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:
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 Bujinkan.
Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines shall be forced out
of the Bujinkan.
Masaaki Hatsumi -