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THE BUDDHAI SAWAN INSTITUTE OF SWORDSMANSHIP
Sometimes at the camp there was often seen a huge pot which was filled with the weapons of past masters of the school, some of which may be several hundred years old. During the ritual the master would take a ladle of water from this pot and anoint his student with it. The student has to accept the responsibility for the art and for the school and must promise not harm either or he shall be expelled. The oath which the student takes, roughly translated is as follows:
"We have come to worship the teacher and to solemnly promise to be honest disciples.
We will respect you and have complete trust in you, Sir. We will treasure all traditions, rules and everything we will learn from you.
We will make your style and technique our own.
We will never think, say or do anything to harm the camp or our friends.
We swear that our words are honest and to be kept forever. Earth, heaven and the four directions are our witness.
We beg you to protect us always, with our bodies and our words and our soil.
Thus, we beg you to teach us everything you know to help us to succeed, to protect us from dangers and bless us with love and happiness forever."
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