Jiu-jitsu Philosophy-The 7-5-3 Code ™

Philosophy is one of the 5 elements of Jiu-jitsu, and is what separates Jiu-jitsu as a martial art from other martial sports, such as boxing or wrestling.  In other words, as practitioners of Jiu-jitsu, we are not striving just to become better fighters, but ultimately to become better people.  The hours of hard work & sweat & sacrifice that we put in helps us to not only develop our physical skills, but to develop character as well.  The backbone of the Jiu-jitsu philosophy, just like its physical techniques, has its roots with the Samurai of Feudal Japan.  The Samurai lived by a warriors code of ethics, known as Bushido, that helped to guide them through their daily lives.  This philosophy can be broken down into the 7 Principles of the Warrior, the 5 Keys to Health, and the 3 States of Mind of a Warrior, or the 7-5-3™ code.  Our featured article this month discusses the various aspects of the 7-5-3™ code & how we can apply them not only on the mat, but in our everyday lives to help develop ourselves as better people.


7 Virtues of a Warrior:

  1. Rectitude. Doing what is right without regard for the consequences.
  2. Courage. Inner strength to resist opposition.
  3. Benevolence. The disposition to be good.
  4. Politeness/propriety. Proper consideration and courtesy to others.
  5. Honesty/sincerity. Genuine integrity in character and action.
  6. Honor. Profound respect and ethical conduct.
  7. Loyalty. Faithfulness and allegiance.


5 Keys to Health

  1. Rational nutrition
  2. Sensible exercise
  3. Efficient rest
  4. Proper hygiene
  5. Positive attitude


3 States of Mind of a Warrior

  1. Zanshin. This means awareness, alertness, and readiness- the ability to be prepared 24/7. Unlike many competitive sports, Jiu-jitsu has no off-season. One is prepared and strong always- strong in any moment, strong in a crisis. It is a lifestyle.
  2. Mushin. This literally means “no mind.” If there is too much on the mind, it slows one down. A clear mind allows one to react spontaneously. Warriors always react with a clear mind.
  3. Fudoshin. This means a “state of emotional balance.” With this, nothing can move one out of the center. One is always at the center of the bell curve. Variations in emotion are small. There is no drama, no sadness when there are difficult events, no depression, no celebration, and no big adrenaline rushes. It is “real balance.”