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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.

Hitotsu!  Makoto no michi wo mamoru koto
First! Protect the way of truth.

Hitotsu!  Doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto
First! Foster the spirit of effort.

Hitotsu!  Reigi wo omonzuru koto
First! Respect the principles of etiquette.

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.