Samurai no Kokoroe – Precepts of the Samurai 2
Samurai no Kokoroe – Precepts of the Samurai Lesson 2
Jibun no kimeta koto wa saigo made jikko suru koto
Lesson 2: Always follow through on your commitments. (Jibun no kimeta koto wa saigo made jikko suru koto.)
A commitment is essentially a promise you make to yourself. It can be as minor as going on a diet or as major as marriage. The mistake we make is often we think of a commitment as something we give to the person we make the commitment to. That is in fact, not the case. A commitment is something we make with ourselves. To follow through on our own word. Our own honor. We are the ones that reap the benefit of completing our commitments, or the consequences of breaking them. The breaking of our own word can be a personal failure that can be very damaging and disappointing to our self esteem.
The other mistake we make is pacification. Often we are quick to offer our commitments as means to be agreeable and to avoid conflict by not disappointing others. Knowing in our hearts full well we have no intention of following through. By doing this not only do we commit the act we tried to avoid in the end, but we also compound the issue by damaging the value of our word.
A warrior is very careful and very measured in offering his commitments. If there is a question as to whether or not the warrior is able to fulfill his commitment, it is best to not offer it.
At Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu schools, training and study does not end when you step off the mat. The discipline and tools you learn at the dojo, are meant to equip you to live a victorious life. In all that you do. Begin by honoring yourself, by honoring your word.
About the Author Stephen Ewing, Hanshi: Hanshi Ewing is a professional martial artist and former Army Ranger with over 30 years of experience training and teaching. Hanshi Ewing has extensively studied Japanese martial arts with a focus on Tenshin Koryu Ninjutsu as well as Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai and Kenjutsu (Japanese Sword) before finding his true passion in Bushin Ryu Aiki Bujutsu. Besides being Kaiso’s right hand man in the Kyokai (martial arts organization) he is the Chief Instructor of the Godai Shinshu Dojo. He brings both an analytical perspective to the study of martial arts (he was a math major at the University of Arizona), as well as a deep perspective on connection and feel. You might possibly spot him somewhere in northern Arizona (if he doesn’t see you first!). You can read more of Hanshi Ewing’s articles at: http://martialarts-gilbert.com or http://budoshingikan.com