President: Phil Scudieri
Chief Representative for the United States to the All Japan Budo Federation
3 Time Grand Master of the Year, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Masters Hall of Fame -Long Beach CA.
11 Years ABATE of Delaware, 2 Years Alternate Officer
Vice President: Celinda Ellsworth " Star Dragon"
Master Instructor in Kenjutsu and Karate
US Delagate to Kyoto Japan 2011
10 Years ABATE of Delaware
Whether you ride American Iron or Japanese Steel we all share the same winds and the same roads. Many share a sense of the " Biker Brotherhood" by riding in a group, especially through the dedication of an MC, whose traditions we respect. Others prefer the "zen" like solitude of riding alone just to feel the wind in their hair and the sun on their face.
The Knights share these experiences and more through the addition of 30 years of training together and the "Budo Brotherhood."
Samurai Warriors who had no masters were said to have their fate cast upon "the waves and the winds" They were called Ronin. Some Ronin traveled, learned and tested their skills free of certain restraints within their society. The Samurai are often referred to as Knights even in Japan because they are warriors who lived by a code of honor and trust, in someways not unlike The Code of Chivalry of their European counterparts. As the MC world was primarily founded by returning warriors after WW2 the structure today can be as ridged, strong, and comparable to the code of Bushido.
We have been together a long time and like family we believe in Loyalty, Respect and Honor.
Our patch is a one piece patch indicating a family style club that enjoys riding, camping etc. The shape is a shield design in regards to the founders name, which when translated means " bearer of the shield".
The mounted warrior represents the Martial Arts Heritage of the Knights, Samurai and our passion for our Horses of Iron and Steel. The blue background represents the blue sky we all ride under.
To the Ronin Knights our Freedom, Martial Arts and our Motorcycles are our way of life.
"Ronin Knights Forever,
Forever Ronin Knights."
Sargent At Arms "Thumper"
Blade and the RKs are trained in all types weaponry, old and new. Some are highly skilled with firearms and have done bodyguard and security work for rock stars, music industry execs, oil and retail execs and more.
BUSHIDO AND THE BIKER BROTHERHOOD
BY RUSSIAN WOLF (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The concepts of "heart" and "honor" are inextricably entwined; there literally cannot be one without the other. Honor is loyalty to a code, a creed, an ideal, with the heart to carry through and live in accordance with that ideal. Heart is having the honor to be loyal. Loyalty is dedication to what is honored which comes from the heart. Are you confused yet? <G>
Heart is central to a Biker; It is the steadfast resolve that keeps him able to stay the course,whatever course it is that he has set for himself. Balls, moral courage, integrity; call it what you will. A Bikers heart is the core from which all else become manifest.
Loyalty is the unswerving absolute commitment to what is most important; the Life, the club, the Brothers.
Nothing-and I mean nothing -shakes this.
Honor is righteousness; the adherence to a set of moral principles. Those principles may not be the same as mainstream society, but they are the Biker's he holds them dear and will go to the ends of the earth and beyond to follow them.
Ever watch the show Branded? Chuck Connors played Jason McCord, a cavalry officer who was courtmartialed and discharged in disgrace for cowardice under fire. During his trial he pleaded not guilty but put up no defense. As the show progressed over time the viewer finds out that in order to defend himself, he would have to bring to light that his commanding General Reed, was senile and unfit at the time of the battle of Bitter Creek. Obviously this would have impugned the generals memory and reputation; further, it would have cast doubt on the generals ability as a statesmen, which in turn would have clouded the treaty with the Indians that the general had written and gotten agreement on from both Indians and white mans government.
McCord loved and was loyal to his general; he believed in what the man had accomplished in his life and in that treaty, and he knew if the general was perceived as incompetent, the treaty would be be abrogated and war between the the white man and the Indians would begin all over again. His loyalty was such that his personal code of honor made him accept the label of coward and his discharge; his heart charged him to do so.
In the episode Very Few Heroes, he was requested to define at a judicial hearing the difference between recklessness ans heroism. His answer was, "Suppose I told Mr Teal I did not like the way he was treating Miss Adams; and if he didn't change his tactics I would personally give him a beating. Now if he knew I meant it and he didn't listen that would be reckless. On the other hand, if he firmly believed what he was doing was right, and he was willing to defend that belief man to man, that would be heroism."
For "willing to defend that belief" read "loyalty", For "heroism" read "heart".
At the end of the episode , a letter is found that proves Mr. Teal was wrong; upon hearing the contents of it Mr Teal apologizes to to Miss Adams and ceased his actions against her. In this Mr. Teal showed honor.
Ever see The Last Samurai? On the DVD, in the special features section, there is a segment on Bushido; The Way of the Warrior. In this section, several points of Bushido are outlined. A few of those are relevant.
Rise above the masses of people who are afraid to act. Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living life at all. A Samurai must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is dangerous. It is living life fully completely, wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind; it is intelligent and strong.
A Samurai has only one judge of honor, and this is himself. Decisions you make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of who you truly are.
You cannot hide from yourself.
When a Samurai has said he will perform an action, it is as done. Nothing will stop him from completing what he has said he will do. He does not have to "give his word" He does not have to "promise."
Speaking and doing are the same action.
When a Samurai has said some "thing" or done a "thing" he owns that thing. He is responsible for it and all the consequences that follow. A Samurai is immensely loyal to those in his care. To Those he remains fiercely true.
Are Bikers born or can they be made? that's a topic that has been debated at length in other forums I'm active on. The precepts of loyalty and honor can be taught; but can they be adhered to by some one who doesn't have the foundations for them? Who doesn't have the the heart for them? In the course of one debate of those debates,someone quoted their father, whose words I will unabashedly pinch;
" If it ain't in the well you can't draw it up. If its in the well sooner or later it will rise to the top."
In my view this means that yes, a Biker can be taught; can be molded. If he he has the basis- the heart- to begin with. You can teach the meaning of loyalty and honor to some one who has the determination-the heart to learn and make it central to their being; you cannot teach one who is weak -willed and unable to make the commitment necessary to follow them through.
Hopefully this has given you a bit more insight into what I see as the difference is between a Biker and an "enthusiast" ...It's not about the bike, but about the heart.
!!!!!! A MUST READ FOR ALL BIKERS !!!
BUSHIDO AND THE BIKER BROTHERHOOD BY RUSSIAN WOLF....SCROLL DOWN!!!!!!!
" Road Captain"