Bushido

The way of the warrior

The samurai also known as Bushi, warriors, followed a strict code of honour. The spiritual attitude, the setting to life, death and honour, the path these unusual people followed, all that is Bushido, the way of the warrior.

In principle, it means to live a life in harmony to let end with an honourable death. Honour, however, was only one of the principles after those a samurai had to direct. Bushido required a devoted life full of sacrifice.

Niina Toyoaki - Mugai Ryu Meishi Ha Soke

A samurai had to prove courage in the fight, sympathy and politeness in the society belonged also to the virtues like ansolute honesty as well as the unreserved loyalty towards his ruler.

The Katana, the soul of a samurai, receives a special status, still before the lance and the curve. If one wants to understand Bushido one must treat the polished, sharp sword as more than only as a weapon.

It is a symbol of his status, his most valuable possession and it reflects his bearer and is connected with him in many ways. Many ceremonies, the ritual contact with the Katana – many of the old traditions have been delated. Bushido is still away living, even if our battles look today different than in Japan of the 16th century. Thus there is a lot we can learn from the Bushi and apply on our modern way of life. The respect for us, our body and the people who surround us. Fearlessly encounter the challenges that await us in life, ready to master them.