The Dojo Kun literally translated means the “Dojo Rules”. The five Shotokan Karate Dojo Kun provide a set of guiding priciples that are expected of Karateka both inside and outside of the Dojo. Below are the Japanese Dojo Kun and their respective translations.
hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto
Each person must strive for the perfection of one’s character.
hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto
Each person must be faithful and protect the way of truth.
hitotsu, doryōku no seishin o yashinru koto
Each person must endeavour (fostering the spirit of effort).
hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto
Each person must respect others and the rules of etiquette.
hitotsu, kekki no yū o imashimuru koto
Each person must refrain from violent behavior (guard against impetuous courage).
Some clubs also recite a shortened English version to the same effect;
- Seek perfection of character
- Be Faithful
- Respect others
- Refrain from violent behaviour
Please be mindful of these five ‘Rules’ and always do your best to uphold them.