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)