The Dojo Kun

The Dojo Kun are the rules by which every karate-ka (karate student) abide.

They are all of equal importance and represent what is expected both in and out of the Dojo (training hall).

 

Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomoro koto

(Hit-ots! Gin-ka-ku  can-say nee sut-o-morrow koto)

One! To strive for perfection of character

(always try to be the best version of yourself)

 

Hitotsu! Makato no michi o mamoru koto

(Hit-ots! Mak-ato no mee-chee oh mam-o-roo koto)

One! To defend the paths of truth

(Be faithful and trustworthy)

 

Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto

(Hit-ots! Dor-ee-o-koo no say-shin oh ya-shin-ow koto)

One! To foster the spirit of effort

(always do your best)

 

Hitotsu! Reigi o omunsoru koto

(Hit-ots! Ray-gee oh o-mun-so-roo koto)

One! To honour the principles of etiquette

(To behave as is expected of you, be polite)

 

Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto

(Hit-ots! Keh-key no you oh i-mash-i-mu-roo koto)

One! To guard against impetuous courage.

(Refrain from violent behavior, don’t put yourself in danger)