The Budo Charter for Young People

02budo, the martial ways of Japan, are forms of traditional culture that hold in esteem a traditional martial spirit passed down since ancient times. Through the practice of Budo, the student learns correct manners, refines his or her technical skills, and develops the mind and body to become a virtuous human being.

The student of Budo does not only focus on the lesser goals of technical skill or winning competitions, but strives to understand the true ideals of budo and cherish its traditions.

The following articles outlined in the “Budo Charter for Young People” must be upheld by young practitioners in order for them to benefit from their study and to appreciate the ideals of budo.

  • (Objective) Article 1

Endowed with a strong sense of justice, courage, consideration for others, and healthy bodies and minds achieved through training in the techniques of budo, we will aspire to become people useful to society.

  • (Keiko- Practice) Article 2

When training in Budo, we will abide by the traditional forms of etiquette and the lessons of our teachers. We will practise the fundamental techniques as accurately as possible, trying to learn not only the techniques, but will strive to strengthen our bodies and minds to the best of our abilities.

  • (Shiai- Competition) Article 3

In matches (shiai) and demonstrations (embu) we will make every effort to demonstrate the skills we have acquired in the course of our training. We will do so with an earnest and dignified attitude, without becoming obsessed with winning or losing.

  • (Dojo – Training Hall) Article 4

The Dojo is a place where we learn our skills and cultivate strength in body and mind. We must follow the rules, behave in a polite manner, and keep the dojo clean and safe.

  • (Peers) Article 5

We must treasure the friendships we make in the Dojo, and co-operate and support each other. Let us enjoy our training together and strive to make friends with all those around us.

Member Organisations of the Japanese Budo Association

  • Zen Nihon Judo Renmei (All Japan Judo Federation)
  • Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (All Japan Kendo Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Kyudo Renmei (All Nippon Kyudo Federation)
  • Nihon Sumo Renmei (Japan Sumo Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Karatedo Renmei (Japan Karatedo Federation)
  • Aikikai (Aikikai Foundation)
  • Shorinji Kempo Renmei (Shorinji Kempo Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Naginata Renmei (All Japan Naginata Federation)
  • Zen Nihon Jukendo Renmei (All Japan Jukendo Federation)
  • Nippon Budokan (Nippon Budokan Foundation)

Established on 16 September, 2004 by the Japanese Budo Association (Nippon Budo Kyogikai)
Budo Charter for Young People in the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

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