The Dojo Kun

the-dojo-kunRumoured to have been created by Kanga Sakukawa, an 18th-century Okinawan karate proponent.

The five guiding principles, recited at the end of each training session in most styles, intended to frame the practice within an ethical context.

  1. Seek Perfection of Character
    (To strive for the perfection of character)
    Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto.
    人格 完成に 努める こと
  2. Be Faithful
    (To protect/defend the paths of truth)
    Hitotsu! Makato no michi o mamoru koto.

  3. Endeavor to excel.
    (To foster the spirit of effort)
    Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.
  4. Respect others
    (To honor the principles of etiquette)
    Hitotsu! Reigi o omonsuru koto.

  5. Refrain from violent behavior
    (To guard against impetuous courage)
    Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto.