Bushido means “the way of the warrior” and was influenced from Shinto, Zen Buddhism and Confucianism. The goal of Bushido was to create a balance for the samurai between the violent nature of their vocation and serenity. From their beginnings which predates the 8th century, Bushido was originally an understanding with which the Samurai were brought up. It eventually evolved into a written code. It was in the Tokugawa period (1600-1868) that it was formalized into law.
True mastery of Karate is only attained when the mind, body and spirit work in harmony. The seven virtues of the Bushido Code practiced by the Samurai is a guide for us in order to attain harmony in our daily lives. At Ronin Kai Karate, we believe that each student should develop their skills and moral character through proper training and adherence to the seven virtues. During each class, we practice proper etiquette and dedicate time to discussing philosophy and the meaning of these principles. The practice of these virtues allows one’s mind to be clear and for one to focus with greater intensity. We hold these virtues in the highest regard and make them a priority for everyone in the Ronin Kai Karate Federation.