Dojo Kun

Dojo

The training hall called "Dojo"


This term is of two ideograms: "dô" and "jô", respectfully “way” and “place”. The dojo therefore is the place where one seeks the way or path. The dojo’s precepts - the Dojo-kun - define the etiquette and correct behaviour:

- Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto /  Seek perfection of character
- Hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto /  Be faithfull
- Hitotsu, doryoku no seishin o yashinau o koto /  Endeavor
- Hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto /  Respect others
- Hitotsu, kekki no yu o imashimuru koto /  Refrain from violent behavior

Through these five precepts, one realizes that karate means more than just punching and kicking: it is a martial art. One must cultivate respect, endeavor, concentration and humility; Karate is therefore a way of life.

Reciting in chorus the Dojo-kun at the end of each training session has several goals; it helps to integrate karate concepts, develops the feeling of being part of a group sharing aimes. One can return to a calm state of mind after hard training, and better understand why one to training several times a week.

 

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