Way Of The Warrior: Hero’s code of honor

Better Than Yesterday

Every culture throughout history has identified character strengths and virtues that they view as critical to their survival. Regardless of origin, the majority of the themes are universally accepted.

One of the value systems I am intrigued with is the Bushidō Code or “the way of the warrior.” Bushido was the code of moral principles which the Samurai were required to observe. Fascinatingly similar to other warrior codes such as Chivalry and even US Army 7 Core Values, Bushido is not a set of moral fence laws but rather a set of noble ideals to strive for.

Below is a version of the code that helped guide one of the most remarkable groups in history. Like me, you may find yourself looking at yourself, our current heroes and leaders through a different lens.


Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity.

Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.


True warriors have no reasons to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are courteous even to their enemies. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others.

The true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.

Heroic Courage

Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully, and wonderfully.

Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.


Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out is a reflection of whom they truly are.

You cannot hide from yourself.


Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not like most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow man at every opportunity.

If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one.

Honesty and Sincerity

When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to “give their word.” They do not have to promise.

Speaking and doing are the same action.

Duty and Loyalty

Warriors are responsible for everything they have done and everything they have said, and of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all those in their care.

To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.

Micah Stipech is a counselor at Houghton Elementary School and an assistant hockey coach at Finlandia University in Hancock.