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.

Hitotsu!  Makoto no michi wo mamoru koto
First! Protect the way of truth.

Hitotsu!  Doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto
First! Foster the spirit of effort. 

Hitotsu!  Reigi wo omonzuru koto
First! Respect the principles of etiquette. 

Hitotsu!  Kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto
First! Guard against impetuous courage.