FAMILIAL LOYALTY AND DUTY TO TEACHERS.
TRUST AND UNITY AMONG FRIENDS.
COURAGE TO FACE ADVERSITY AND NEVER RETREAT.
JUSTICE NEVER TO CAUSE INJURY OR HARM WITHOUT REASON.
Seven teaching virtues
1. Righteousness (義 gi)
This is about making sure that students, instructors and all representatives of Bushido Ryu have the right way of thinking when they make a decision. That they have the ability to make a decision with moral confidence. It is about making sure that decisions are made for and based on the right reasons.
2. Courage (勇 yū)
This is about making sure that what we do in life is right and that we have the courage to do the right thing and not just go with the flow. This is about making sure we do what we believe in and have the courage, ability and confidence to do what is right, not what is easy.
3. Benevolence (仁 jin)
Benevolence is about making sure that you are balanced in how you think. It is about making sure that you also have sympathy when it is required. For the Samurai it was about making sure you fought for the right reason and to be discouraged from arrogance and misuse of their skills. This is the same virtue placed on the students of Bushido Ryu to extend compassion and generosity to their fellow students and others outside the dojo.
4. Respect (禮 rei)
It is important that in everything they believe, they must have respect and be polite. The way the students are taught influences their views on how they live their lives. This means they must be respectful and courteous of their elders, they must respect life, and respect others beliefs and ideals.
5. Honesty (誠 makoto)
Honesty is very important; being honest to oneself as much as to others will bring respect. Students are taught to believe that by being honest in everything they do gives them respect and will show that they can be trusted.
6. Morality (名誉 meiyo)
Morality is about doing the right thing with a positive attitude, and for unselfish reasons. It is honourable to want to better oneself, and students are encouraged to strive for success, in an honourable way.
7. Loyalty (忠義 chūgi)
Loyalty is the foundation of the 7 virtues. Students will treat each other like family and do everything within their power to care for and help their fellow students. Loyalty is important because this means students can trust their fellows and know they would be loyal to whatever they needed to do and not worry about losing their respect. Loyalty extends to those outside the dojo and anyone who earns this privilege.