Dojo Kun & Guiding Principles

Dojo Kun

  1. Strive for good moral character
  2. Keep an honest and sincere way
  3. Cultivate perseverance or a will for striving
  4. Develop a respectful attitude
  5. Restrain physical aggression through spiritual attainment

Guiding Principles

  1. When asking to be taught, be submissive and free from prejudice, accept the teachings as shown.  In this way, you will not establish your own peculiarities or bad habits
  2. Be polite and obedient to the master and other superiors.  Be courteous among fellow students and followers.  You must strive to develop humbleness.
  3. Cultivate a spirit of perseverance, you will develop a healthy body if you have strength of mind and train fearlessly.
  4. Strive to be a warrior for the construction of a peaceful and free world by using the character building, morality and spirituality contained in the way of karate.
  5. In daily conduct, do not encourage fights or arguments.
  6. Move from easy to difficult, and from simple to complicated.  More time is required to train longer and harder as you progress.  Do not hurry or engage in senseless or reckless practice.  Develop gradually.
  7. Become familiar with the use of the makiwara and other training equipment.  Train yourself to use your fists, body and positions.  Be patient and study earnestly the kata and matches.  Do not aim for hurried success.
  8. In the past, a single kata was studied for three years.  A long time ago a particular master analyzed a single kata for ten years.  Do not think you have mastered a kata and become proud of your success.  Pride will lead you to hurt your achievement in virtue and technique.  Thus pride can be like a poison to the world.
  9. Take care not to develop only your favorite technique, neglecting others, because that will leave a weakness in your defense.  Be cautious about becoming too theoretical or technical because these too are weaknesses.
  10. Ask questions freely of the master or superior because you must strive to understand what you are learning.