To know that patience comes first.
To know that the path of humanity comes from justice.
To renounce avarice, indolence, and obstinacy.
To recognize sorrow and resentment as natural, and seek the immovable heart.
To not stray from the path of loyalty,
and with a balance between the pen and the sword, always delve deeper into the heart of Budo.
Observing these five rules to the right is the law of the dojo.
Meiji 23 (1890) Spring, Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu
Showa 33 (1958) March, on an auspicious day
Takamatsu Toshitsugu Uou
Transmitted by Hatsumi Masaaki Byakuryu ”
This Dojo-kun was passed on to Hatsumi Sensei and he has passed it on to us; in addition to the general guidelines to join the Bujinkan Dojo. All Japanese martial arts have a dojo-kun that illustrates their general moral outlook and values. Before joining a dojo you agree to uphold these laws.