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Budokan Karate-do Center Training Principles (Dojo Kun)


The dojo kun is usually recited at the end of every session as a reminder to all karate-ka in the dojo that all the skills, respect and character that the karate-ka gains from their training is to be extended to their daily lives.



Karate is more than just physical. All karake-ka are taught the importance of character building through rigorous training and repetition.


The karate-ka must always be faithful to himself, his art, and his sensei, and follow in much the same way a samurai obeyed his lord without hesitation.


Mastery cannot be possible without strenuous effort and sacrifice on the part of the karate-ka


Respect for others is a crucial part of the Japanese and Okinawan cultures and common to the martial arts. Gichin Funakoshi stated that karate begins and ends with etiquette. He also stated that without courtesy, there is no karate.


The trained karate-ka has a fiece competitive spirit, strength, skills and control. The karate-ka doesn't need to prove their strength and skills and can walk away from a confrontation.


Master Gichin Funakoshi is widely considered to be the founder of Shotokan karate. The dojo kun is derived from this 20 Precepts which are:
  • Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy.
  • There is no first attack in karate.
  • Karate is an aid to justice.
  • First control yourself before attempting to control others.
  • Spirit first, technique second.
  • Always be ready to release your mind.
  • Accidents arise from negligence.
  • Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo.
  • It will take your entire life to learn karate, there is no limit.
  • Put your everyday living into karate and you will find "Myo" (subtle secrets).
  • Karate is like boiling water. If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
  • Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.
  • Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.
  • The battle is according to how you move guarded and unguarded (move according to your opponent).
  • Think of your hands and feet as swords.
  • When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you. It is your behaviour that invites trouble from them.
  • Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced.
  • Practicing a kata is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.
  • Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body and slowness and speed of techniques.
  • Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day.