What are Shishi?

Shishi (志士 patriots) are knights (士) with the resolve (志) to follow the right way.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Martial Lessons.”

30日志士と云ふは
志士と云ふは即ち道に志すの士なり。
安政三年八月以降「武教全書講録」

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