into English literally means "honorable codes"; to put it in a better English
translation, it means "the codes of righteousness". To the Orient for centuries,
Yoshi is the utmost unwritten codes one must live by, no matter what you
are and who you are. It is these unwritten codes keeping their societies
in balance and in checked. As for the samurai as well as for karate-ka and
kung-fu practitioners, these codes have been the fundamental rules in their
One would wonder what are these codes, and where can one go to look them
up. Unfortunately, there is no written text for these codes. It always has
been part of the upbringing; the way one is brought up in the Oriental societies.
The West in some respect shares the same belief but fails short of giving
it a name. When circumstance arrives, one can only say, "Follow your heart,
do the right thing." To the Orient, it is the codes of Yoshi dictating the
right thing you should follow.
One might say, "Okay, it sounds honorable, but what good is that if there
is no written books for me to learn from, and I am not Oriental and don't
have that kind of cultural upbringing." The point is well taken, and for
the same reason we have an ambitious desire with strong determination to
preach "the codes of righteousness"; we want not only to shape our students'
physical body, but also their mind. We teach our students to conduct ourselves
as a true warrior with proper attitudes and behaviors. That is what we call
"Yoshido", the way of Yoshi.