The 7 Virtues of Bushido
Bushido is the way of the samurai. It’s a set of values and virtues, and it’s a way of life. The virtues of Bushido are reflected in the 7 pleats of the hakama. When wearing the hakama each pleat reminds us of these seven virtues, but it would be a good idea to remember these also outside the dojo, in our off-the-mat lives.
Gi - Morality and integrity
To do the right thing.
Yuuki - Courage and bravery
If you stand up for the right reasons then there’s really no reason to be afraid of anything.
Jin - Kindness and compassion
Extended to all living beings.
Rei - Respect and etiquette
To show respect to people and to the value of life.
Makoto - Sincerity and honesty
To exercise honesty at all times, not only to others but to yourself.
Meiyo - Honor and dignity
To adhere to what is right and to proper conduct.
Chuugi - Devotion and loyalty
To follow through on your commitments and to be there for those you’re devoted to.