Bujinkan and Class Guidelines
- Guidelines For Participation In The Bujinkan
1. The Bujinkan shall be open to only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo. Those not doing so shall not be allowed to join. Specifically: Only those who have read and agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.
2. Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate. A physician’s examination report shall be required. Specifically, individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.
3. Individuals with criminal records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those who commit crimes, and those living in Japan who break domestic laws shall be turned away.
4. Those not upholding the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members of society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable acts shall be expelled. Until now, the Bujinkan was open to large numbers of people who came to Japan. Among them, unfortunately, were those committing violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and trouble makers who thought only of themselves and failed to see how their actions might adversely affect others. Through their actions, such people were discarding the traditional righteous heart of the Bujinkan. From this day forward, all such people shall be expelled.
5. Regarding accidents occurring during training (both inside and outside the dojo), one should not cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is an extremely important point. Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted. Reiterating for clarity, the Bujinkan shall not take responsibility for any accidents happening in the course of training, regardless of the location.
6. All those joining the Bujinkan must get an annual membership card. This card not only preserves the honor of the Bujinkan members, it indicates you are part of a larger whole–one whose members come together with warrior hearts to better themselves through training and friendship. It evinces the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly love.
7. The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:
•”The secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace.
•To study is the path to the immovable heart (fudoshin).”
Recently, the Bujinkan has become truly international. Just as there are various time zones, so exist various taboos among the world’s peoples and nations. We must respect each other, striving to avoid such taboos. We must put the heart of the warrior first, working together for self-improvement and for the betterment of the Bujinkan.
Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines shall be forced out of the Bujinkan.
Masaaki Hatsumi – Soke
Bujinkan Sanami Dojo Rules:
1. Members of the Dojo who bring disrepute on the Dojo may be suspended or expelled
at the sole discretion of the instructor.
2. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that personal hygiene is maintained
to a high standard.
3. Persons must follow the safety procedures, and instructions of the instructor in every
Bujinkan Dojo. Members found ignoring this rule (not letting someone out of a lock
etc.) will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
4. Members must notify instructors of any injury or infectious disease sustained either
inside or outside the Dojo. If the instructor deems a person can’t train because of injury, then his/her decision is final. Students may be required to submit a medical report before training can recommence.
5. Members are asked to turn off mobile phones and pagers etc. except when
permission is given by the instructor. All training gear must be stored in a secure
place off the mat area. All jewelry must be removed or taped up.
6. Discrimination of any shape or form will not be tolerated in the Bujinkan. Members found to be in breach of this rule will be expelled.
7. Fees are to be paid at the start of the month, for the month. Members unable to meet
these arrangements should talk to the instructor, so that an alternative can be arranged.
8. Bujinkan Sanami Dojo retains the right to refuse or cancel membership of any individual at any time.
9. Members must wear appropriate training uniform and display their rank at all times.
Wearing of grades or rank not awarded in the Bujinkan is not permitted.
10. If member feels they are being treated unreasonably or are subject to bullying, sexual
harassment, or have concerns that other members might be subject to the same, are to bring these matters to the direct attention of the instructor, without delay.
11. The Instructors of the Bujinkan Sanami Dojo reserve the right to change,
modify, add, or delete any of the rules without prior notice.
Please note that the above rules are set out by Bujinkan Sanami Dojo, and the Bujinkan Guidelines set out by the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo must be strictly followed at all times.
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