Dōjō Kun
Dojo Kun

Dōjō Kun

The dōjō kun lists five philosophical rules for training in the dojo: seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor to excel, respect others, and refrain from violent behaviour. These rules are called the Five Maxims of Karate. The dōjō kun is usually posted on a wall in the dojo, and some shotokan clubs recite the dōjō kun at the beginning and/or end of each class to provide motivation and a context for further training.

一、人格 完成に 努める こと
Hitotsu!  Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto
First! Strive for the perfection of character.

一、誠の道を守ること
Hitotsu!  Makoto no michi wo mamoru koto
First! Protect the way of truth.

一、努力の精神を養うこと
Hitotsu!  Doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto
First! Foster the spirit of effort. 

一、礼儀を重んずること
Hitotsu!  Reigi wo omonzuru koto
First! Respect the principles of etiquette. 

一、血気の勇を戒むること
Hitotsu!  Kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto
First! Guard against impetuous courage.