Dojo Directives

O Sensei's Precautions for Training.

1. The original intent of bujutsu was to kill an enemy with one blow; since all techniques can be lethal, observe the instructor's directions and do not engage in contests of strength.

2. Bujutsu is an art in which the one is used to strike the many. Therefore, train yourself always to be mindful of, and alert to, opponents in the four and the eight directions.

3. Always train in a vibrant and joyful manner.

4. The instructor can only impart a small portion of the teaching; only through ceaseless training can you obtain the necessary experience allowing you to bring these mysteries alive. Hence, do not chase after many techniques; one by one, make each technique your own.

5. In daily training, begin with Tai no Henko to strengthen the body without overexertion. Spend the first ten minutes warming up, and there will be no fear of injury, even for old people. Enjoy yourself in training and strive to comprehend its true purpose.

6. Training in bujutsu is to foster yamato-damashii and to build one's character. The techniques are transmitted from person to person, on an individual basis, and should not be disclosed indiscriminately to the public. Such secret techniques should not be misused for evil purposes.

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