The title of "Bushi" was assigned to warriors born to established military clans of Japan. These were families of considerable wealth and a respected fighting tradition. These families would support the warriors and provide them with weapons and training.
The Bushi were ranked accordint to a scale which took into account
- The family's standing
- The fighter's ability
- The warrior's military accomplishments
Rank also pertained to the Bushi's relation to the Shogun, the top Bushi. Samurai were simply Bushi of a high class and rank.