The Camp Toraguchi Way
Ultimately, we are in the business of educating and helping youths believe in not only themselves but in their discovery. Camp Toraguchi is philosophically grounded in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Simply put, we firmly believe that everyone has physiological needs that must be met in order to have any hope of meeting their more refined needs. For example, a camper will not be able to enjoy the mental and physical activities at camp without proper nutrition or a comfortable, good night’s sleep. Likewise, a camper will not be able to build confidence and friendships if they do not feel safe. Whether it be providing our campers with healthy well balanced meals throughout the day, a good night’s rest or nurturing a healthy and safe environment so campers are recognized for their personal achievements; everything we do is about helping our camper’s reach their highest potential. The consistent achievement of such a positive community reinforces the participation of all of its members, including the campers. Therefore, we teach, preach and practice an ancient Japanese samurai code of conduct and expectations for all to follow.
The Seven Virtues of Bushido:
1. Justice or Rectitude (義 gi)
This is all about making sure that we have the right way when we make a decision. That we have the power to make a decision quickly. It is about making sure that we do not become indecisive and that our decisions are made and based on the right reasons.
2. Courage (勇 yū)
This is about making sure that what we do is right and that we have the courage to do the right thing and not just what people think we should do. If we are raised in a particular way, we think in a way that we belief in. this is about making sure we do what we believe in and have the courage to do so.
3. Benevolence or Mercy (仁 jin)
As a warrior, the Samurai have the power to kill. However, benevolence is about making sure that you are balanced in how you think. It is about making sure that you also have sympathy and mercy at the right time. For the Samurai it was about making sure you fought for the right reason and that if you had to kill someone, you did it for the right reason and your belief but that you also make sure that if there was no need to kill you would have mercy and be sympathetic.
4. Respect (禮 rei)
It is important that in everything they believe, they must have respect and be polite in everything. The way they live their life meant they must be respectful of their elders, they must respect life, respect others beliefs.
5. Honesty (誠 makoto)
Honesty was very important, as they believe that being honest in everything you do gives you respect and means you can be trusted.
6. Honour (名誉 meiyo)
To live and die with honor was very important to the Samurai. Everything they did was honorable which meant they did everything in what they believed with honor.
7. Loyalty (忠義 chūgi)
Loyalty was probably one of the very important parts of what they did. They treated each other like family and would do everything within their power to protect and help their samurai warriors. Loyalty was important because this means they can trust their warriors and know they would be loyal to whatever they needed to do and not worry about loosing their respect.
We hope you will make Camp Toraguchi your choice for an exciting summer martial arts camp. Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact our office and one of our friendly staff will be happy to speak with you. We look forward to seeing you this summer at Camp Toraguchi!