Loyola University Maryland

Jujitsu Club at Loyola


Haiku are 17-Syllable poems. A student going for the rank of black belt must write a total of three. One on birth, one on life, and one on death. Although they are the requirements for the rank of Shodan, the poems below were written by students from all ranks.

Birth Life Death
See the parent hold
a miracle in safe arms.
a new mind to teach
What is the meaning?
So many have asked before.
Mysteries await
Only silence heard
Wigh a mute voice and last breath,
I exist no more
At the beginning
A newly budding willow
Ready for Life's road.
The winding path leads
The Bushi travels onward
Learning is his way
Facing my last test
Still bending like the willow
My battle is won.
Warm inside the womb
Like an acorn in the soil
Break free to the light
Wrong answer in class
Actions and consequences
Learn from our mistakes
Grass doesn't know winter
One day a fish stops swimming
Be strong till the end
A new life is born The parents gaze with pride as their dreams come to life Child springs to boy, boy falls to man. Man into friend, husband, father, god. The final step. The end of all? The autumn start of new? No one knows.
A bloom in the fall,
A father on Charles street
Handing out cigars
Shooting for the best
In everything I do is
Harder than it looks.
One last chance to love,
"Goodbye" is never goodbye.
Finally, time to rest.
the first drop of rain
the river begins to flow
a new life swirling
rain falls and wind blows
the river swells and rages
lightning guides the sight
the wind falls quiet
river and rain are silent
all is as it was
Failed Tai-Otoshi
Decreased movement preceeds pain, Such is Ju-Jitsu
Sadness, tears falling like rain
he cries out as death delays
my throat chokes with grief