About Inukshuk Bushido Kai
Inukshuk Bushido Kai was founded in 2004 to provide an open, enjoyable, and above-all safe environment to learn Jujitsu. We want all participants to have fun, meet new people, improve their fitness, and gain confidence through an education in valuable self-defense skills.
Safety is paramount in our club because Jujitsu techniques can be dangerous (that is what makes them effective, after all). We all need to return to our places of work or school in one piece the following day.
Competition is not a central component of our club's training, though we do offer specific classes for live grappling (for all belt levels) and Sport Jujitsu (advanced students and instructors only). Apart from this, all other training is practiced cooperatively with a partner in order to minimize the risk of injury.
As the name of our club states, the virtues of Bushido as practiced by the Samurai are personal qualities that we strive to uphold in the hope that they will carry over into our students' lives while they are away from the dojo. After all, a primary objective of the study of any martial art is to contribute to a better world through the betterment of oneself and the polishing of one's spirit. Sincere practice of these ideals will result in improved confidence, discipline, self-esteem, humility, patience, tolerance and respect.
Inukshuk Bushido Kai is the Official Headquarters of the Alberta Jiu Jitsu Association, and is a member of the Canadian Ju-Jitsu Confederation.
Our Logo and Club Name
Our logo incorporates both the image of an Inukshuk and the image of a traditional Japanese gate (Shinto Torii). The purpose of this image is manifold; the Inukshuk is a symbol of our home in northern Canada and the Shinto Torii represents Japan, the birthplace of Jujitsu.
Inukshuk is the name given to the stone statues that the Inuit people build in the arctic. They act as navigational aids on a barren and featureless landscape. This function of a guide relates well to the role of a martial arts instructor; they guide their students along a safe path, yet it is still the student (or traveller) that must make the journey.
Inuksuit (plural) also symbolize many other things; they assure a traveller that the path they are following is safe, and that someone has gone this way before. They symbolize trust and reassurance, in that the path ultimately leads to a settlement with food and shelter where the traveller will be welcomed.
They also symbolize community (it takes the cooperation and strength of several/many people to construct an Inukshuk) and balance (each piece of rock in an Inukshuk supports, and is supported by, every other rock in the structure - further emphasising the importance of each person and their place in their family and community). In the end, an Inukshuk can be seen to represent strength and leadership. These are all qualities that reflect the self-development that can be achieved along the path of studying a martial art.
A torii is a gate with two overhead cross-bars or lintels. Torii are found in front of almost every shrine in Japan. Their function is to mark the boundary between the sacred world of the shrine and the profane world outside. This symbol is also appropriate in that the name for many a martial art training hall is "dojo" which is the historic term for a place devoted to religious exercise and translates into "place of enlightenment".
Bushido is the code of ethics practised by the Bushi (the officer class of Samurai). It is composed of seven main virtues:
Kai is simply the Japanese term for club or organization.
In summary, Inukshuk Bushido Kai is a club that represents a Canadian perspective of a Japanese martial art.