The Dojo Kun
The Dojo Kun

The Dojo Kun

一、人格 完成に 努める こと
Hitotsu!  Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto
First! Strive for the perfection of character.

一、誠の道を守ること
Hitotsu!  Makoto no michi wo mamoru koto
First! Protect the way of truth.

一、努力の精神を養うこと
Hitotsu!  Doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto
First! Foster the spirit of effort.

一、礼儀を重んずること
Hitotsu!  Reigi wo omonzuru koto
First! Respect the principles of etiquette.

一、血気の勇を戒むること
Hitotsu!  Kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto
First! Guard against impetuous courage.

Senior instructors at the JKA developed the Five Dojo Kun, which everyone studying at the JKA commits to memory. With each practice session at the dojo, students kneel in the seiza position and repeat these five precepts out loud. This process reminds students of the right attitude, frame of mind and virtues to strive for both within the dojo, and outside.

Karateka reciting the Dojo Kun in isiXhosa.