In 1987 all the martial art associations in Japan, including judo, naginata, aikido, iado, kendo, sumo, jukendo and karate do foundations, came together and declared the 6 rules of martial arts as follow:
- MOKUTEKI: The purpose of “martial arts” is to build a strong character. The physical and mental training is necessary for this goal.
- KEIKO: Fundamental techniques should be preserved. New techniques may not be good for mind and body connection.
- SHIAI: Win with modesty. Accept defeat gracefully. This is the spirit of budo.
- DOJO: The “dojo” is a sacred place. It must be clean, safe and quiet.
- SENSEI: The master should try to improve his skills. Winning does not mean the teacher is perfect.
- SOKUSHIN: Traditional values and intensive training are necessary to promote budo.