Dojo Kun/Niju Kun

Dojo Kun

  • Seek Perfection of Character - Hitotsu! Jinkaku kensei ni tsutomuru koto!
  • Be faithful - Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto!
  • Endeavor - Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto!
  • Respect others - Hitotsu! Reigo o omonzuru koto!
  • Refrain from violent behavior - Hitotsu! Kekkino yu o imashimuru koto!

 

Niju Kun

  • 1. Do not forget that Karate begins with a bow and finishes with a bow
    - Karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasureruna

    2. In karate, never attack first
    - Karate ni sente nashi

    3. One who practices karate must follow the way of justice
    - Karate wa gi no tasuke

    4. Know yourself first, then you can know others
    - Mazu jiko o shire, shikoshite ta o shire

    5. Spirit and mind are more important than technique
    - Gijutsu yori shinjutsu

    6. Be ready to release your mind
    - Kokoro wa hanatan koto o yosu

    7. Misfortune comes out of idleness
    - Waza wai ketai ni seizu

    8. Don't think that what you learn in karate can't be used outside the dojo
    - Dojo nomino karate to omouna

    9. It will take all of your life to learn karate
    - Karate no shugyo wa issho

    10. Put karate into your everyday living; that is how to see its true beauty
    - Ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; soko ni myomi ari

    11. Karate is just like hot water; if you do not give it continuous heat, it will become cold
    - Karate wa yu no gotoshi taezu netsu o ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru

    12. Do not cling to the idea of winning; it is the idea of not losing that is necessary
    - Katsu kangae wa motsuna; makenu kangae wa hitsuyo

    13. Move according to your opponent
    - Teki ni yotte tenka seyo

    14. In conflict, you must discern the vulnerable from the invulnerable points
    - Tatakai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari

    15. Consider your opponent's legs and arms as you would lethal swords
    - Hito no te-ashi o ken to omoe

    16. Be aware at all times that you have milliions of potential opponents
    - Danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari

    17. Postured stance is for beginners; later comes naturalness
    - Kamae wa shoshinsha ni atowa shizen-tai

    18. Kata is about correct and proper form; engaging in a real fight is something else
    - Kata wa tadashiku, jisen wa betsumono

    19. Do not forget: 1) strength and weakness of power; 2) contraction and expansion of body; and 3) rhythm of techniques
    - Chikara no kyojaku, tai no shinshuku, waza no kankyu o wasureruna

    20. Always create and devise
    - Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo

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