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"Since the fundamental principle acquired through the practice of Jujitsu has been elevated to a finer moral concept called Judo, 'the way of gentleness,' it may well be said that the primary objective of practicing Judo is perfection of character. And in order to perfect one's character one must be grateful for the abundant blessings of Heaven, Earth, and Nature, as well as for the great love of parents; one must realize his debt of gratitude to teachers and be ever mindful of his obligations to the general public.
As a member of a family, one's first duty is to be filial to parents, to be helpful and harmonious with one's wife or husband, and to be affectionate to brothers and sisters, in order that the family may be a sound, Successful, and harmonious unit of the community. "As a member of a nation, one must be grateful for the protection which one derives as a citizen; one must guard against self-interest and foster a spirit of social service. One must be discreet in action, yet hold courage in high regard, and strive to cultivate manliness. One must be gentle, modest, polite, and resourceful; never eccentric, but striving always to practice moderation in all things. One must realize that these qualities constitute the secret of the practice of judo.
Anyone who practices Judo should have no fear of facing stronger opponents, nor should he scorn weaker ones. With the skill which he develops, he does not oppose the strength of his opponent. For example, if a boat is floating on water, then a single man's strength is sufficient to maneuver it freely because the boat floats on top of the water. If the boat is on dry land, then even several men cannot move it. When a weak person faces a strong one, he should understand this principle.
Having developed skill in the forms and techniques which constitute the basic art of Judo, one should never use these arts against anyone without sufficient justification. Even though and opponent is small or weak, he must not be scorned. Arrogance is absolutely forbidden.
EVERY STUDENT OF JUDO SHOULD REALIZE THAT SINCERITY IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL VIRTUES THAT KINDNESS IS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS IN ONE'S WORK, AND THAT AMIABILITY IS ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS. Working pleasantly is the mother of health. Strenuous effort and diligence will overcome adverse circumstances. Simplicity, fortitude, and vigor are the keys to happiness; and service to humanity is the fountain of mutual existence and common prosperity.
As aptly expressed in the poem............"The boughs that bear most hangs lowest."
The more proficiency one attains in the art of Judo, the more necessary it becomes to remember the virtue of humility.
Furthermore, there is no distinction between literary and military arts. There is stillness in the midst of movement and movement in the midst of stillness. It is recorded in an ancient verse that "there are rapids where if one is too cautious one lands in Hell, but by disregarding one's self, one floats by safely".
One must not forget the debt of gratitude one owes to parents and teachers, nor fail to value those who come after us. Giving guidance to younger students, after all, improves our own ability.
Like a drawing in India ink of the whispering wind in the pines, the secrets of Judo can only be suggested. Only through personal experience can one comprehend the mystic ecstasy of such secrets. It is said of Jujitsu that it requires ten years of practice to win victory over one's self and twenty years to win victory over others."
Seishiro "Henry" Okazaki
Master (Danzan Ryu)
Director of the Kodenkan Dojo.
Saw this earlier today and thought it was worth sharing. Wise words! -MikePru
2013.03.05 at 14:06
"It is said of Jujitsu that it requires ten years of practice to win victory over one's self and twenty years to win victory over others." Powerful words!!!!
2013.03.07 at 12:46
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