Reigisho the way of the Budo ettiquette

Here are some basic rules and forms inside tho dojo.

The greeting

At hte start and ending, the teacher sits himself in front of the Kamiza (Kamiza on his backside) before his pupils. On the teacher’s opposite on his left side the queue of the pupils starts with highest rank. This highest ranked leads the greeting.

The greeting (Rei) shall be done in a respectful way with full concentration, this shall also be done during training at the begin or the end of an exercise, to greet with a bow.

The Dojo

In today’s time you might hear pupils say „I go training into the studio!“, that is a total different way of thinking compared to the meaning of Dojo.

The Dojo (translated place of the way) is not simple a place to go to for some sportive exercise, it is a place where you focus your thoughts, powers and emotions to form not only your body but also your mind and character.

So as a Budoka one should reconsider this difference for it is the „Do“ the inner focus and state of mind, is what differs martial arts from just fighting sports.


Dan and Kyu grades.

Moral worthship (Shin – the mind or the heart in a spiritualmeaning), the treining of the body and technique (Gi), and the effectivity of the movement (Tai – the body as an instrument of the mind) are the goal of the teachings in KoKoDo Ju Jutsu.
The different grades in Ju Jutsu form a unit to describe the advancing in the art.
Everey black belt should be aware not only to wear his Dan but to also be a living example of the moral values inside the art.

The nine values of a Ju Jutsuka

1. Honor (Meiyo)

2. Faithfulness (Chujitsu)

3. Honesty, or openness (Seijitsu oder Makoto)

4. Courage (Yuuki oder Yuukan)

5. Kindness (Shinsetsu)

6. Meekness (Ken)

7. Straight forwardness (Tadashi oder Sei)

8. Respect (Sonchoo)

9. Self control (Seigyo)


Basic vocabulary in Ju Jutsu

Mokuso: concentration, meditation
Mokuso Yame: end of Meditation
Otagai ni Rei: Greetings of the pupils
Ritsu Rei: greeting in standing position
Sensei ni Rei: greeting of the teacher
Sempei ni Rei: greeting of the high ranking pupil
Shomen ni Rei: greeting of the Kamiza
Zarei: rise from seiza
Tate: get up
Manate: change of direction
Zanshin: watchfulness


This article should be for the basic understanding of some rules in the Ju Jutsu, to teach to beginners and to remind advanced.

~ R. Gräf Sensei