Dojo Kun

Dojo Kun

Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto!
(One! To Strive For The Perfection Of Character!)

Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto!
(One! To Defend The Paths Of Truth!)

Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto!
(One! To Foster The Spirit Of Effort!)

Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto!
(One! To Honour The Principles Of Etiquette!)

Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto!

(One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage!)


The 20 Precepts

  • Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei.
  • There is no first strike in karate.
  • Karate is an aid to justice.
  • First know yourself before attempting to know 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 out come of the battle depends on how you handle weakness and strength.
  • Think of your opponents hands and feet as swords.
  • When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.
  • Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced.
  • Practicing a Kata exactly 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 of karate-do every day.




  1. Always be punctual – late arrivals should enter the dojo quietly and wait for the instructors permission to join the main class
  2. Make sure that your Gi is kept clean
  3. Do not eat in the dojo – a drink is permitted at the instructors discretion
  4. Bad language will not be tolerated in the dojo
  5. There should be no talking, laughing or unnecessary noise while a class is in progress
  6. Toe and Finger nails should be kept short at all times – to avoid injury to others
  7. All jewellery should be removed before training – Jewellery that cannot be removed must be covered
  8. Shoes should not normally be worn in the dojo
  9. Personal belongings should be placed away from the training area and kept tidy
  10. In the dojo the senior instructor must be addressed as Sensei (pronounced sen – say). 
  11. If you have forgotten your belt then you must ask permission from Sensei to train
  12. It is the responsibility of the lower grades to make sure that the dojo is fit to train in, ie. tidy, clean floor etc
  13. Any students with a poor attendance record will not be permitted to take their next grading examination.  It is customary to inform Sensei if you are likely to be absent for more than one or two lessons
  14. Always bow (Rei) to instructors and other students when seeing them for the first time and when departing.  The onus is on the lower grade to bow first
  15. Normally all instructors must be addressed as Sensei both in and out of the dojo.  Christian names should only be used outside of the dojo if the instructor has indicated that formalities may be dropped
  16. Always bow upon entering and leaving the dojo and always bow before joining or leaving a class
  17. Always bow after an instructor has explained something or corrected you
  18. The dojo captain is the highest grade student in the dojo excluding the instructor.  It is the responsibility of the dojo captain to ensure that lines are straight and that dojo discipline is maintained
  19. Always be polite and courteous to other students and extend this outside the dojo
  20. Endeavour to learn the Dojo Kun and incorporate it into your daily life