GLOBAL UNION OF MARTIAL ARTS
THE 6 FUNDAMENTAL RULES OF BUDO
LE 6 REGOLE FONDAMENTALI DEL BUDO
Mission & Values
e IBA promotes and ensures the compliance with the ethical principles of Budo, antagonizing all forms of violence and discrimination.
IBA recognizes the Nippon Budo KyugiKai, as its binding charta, which, besides standing as a settled body of rules, was also meant to provide the Western world with a genuine, coherent and explanatory manifesto upon the spirit of Budo.
1. PURPOSE: Primarily, Budo aims to build valuable individuals by perfecting their personality and enhancing their awareness, through the tenacious training and deep commitment arising from Martial Arts practice, which involves spirit, technique and body. Therefore, Budo’s significant contribution in ameliorating society, through sage individuals, arises as an equally important side-role.
2. TRAINING: Meaningful practice is the relentless and consistent training of spirit, technique and body considered holistically as a whole.
Proper practice must comply with etiquette and fundamental principles of Budo. While raising the spirit, refining the technique and strengthening the body, genuine martial artists never seek for mere fighting skills, they rather keep sensitive minds and open hearts towards Martial Arts’ deep significance.
3. COMPETITION: On competition occasions and during public performances, keeping the best endeavors in the spirit of Budo is essential. Emotional balance, ethical restraint and self-control are the keys to prevent arrogance and self-conceit in case of victory, as well as regret and self-blame in case of defeat.
In this line of mindset, rationality must be observed by practitioners through daily-life confrontations as well, for adequate and proportionate responses to be ensured towards personal accidents and life hardships.
4. DOJO: The Dojo must be regarded beyond its nature of physical environment, inasmuch as it is a social gathering grounded on virtues, which is of great importance in practitioners’ lives. Hence, the Dojo hereby arises as a Budo core value. Since the Dojo is place for growing spirit, technique and body, its solemnity must be preserved through silence, cleanliness, safety, etiquette, well-hearted attitude and, generally, wise behavior.
5. TEACHING: Masters must sincerely commit to martial quality-education taking care of students’ development in ethics and personality, asides from all cultural and technical aspects not to be neglected.
Masters are responsible for the technical improvement of every student, thus they must pay attention to individuals’ features and needs regardless of competition logics. In this respect, masters must avoid treating students differently, as well as they must refrain themselves and prevent students from unduly acts of grandstanding.
In order to consistently measure up with the sensei traditional role model, masters must be devoted to loyalty and manners, be objective in judgement and, moreover, mind wording.
6. SPREADING: Conveying traditional principles and emphasizing ethical values have prominent importance in promoting Budo, since morals, for the sake of legacy, are inherently addressed to future generations. Given this fundamental premise, Martial Arts spreading must, furthermore, be inspired and driven by accurate research and life-long learning.
At IBA, martial research is conceived as rediscovery, preservation and consolidation of traditional techniques, to be pursued from the pivotal perspective of situational adaptability.
Missione & Valori