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Dojo Kun

"Dojo Kun" is a Japanese martial arts term literally meaning "training hall rules". They are generally posted at the entrance to Dojo or at the "front" of the dojo (shomen).

In some styles of martial arts they are recited at the end of a class.


In Shotokan karate, "Dojo Kun" (generally accredited to Gichin Funakoshi) serves as a set of five guiding principles recited at the end of each training session.



Seek perfection of character

Be Faithful


Respect Others

Refrain from Violent Behavior


Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto!

Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto!

Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto!

Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto!

Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto!



Comment :

"Hitotsu" means "one" or "first" and is prepended to each rule to place it at the same level of importance as the others.

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