Dojo Kun

Dojo Kun of Anko Azato
 

  1. Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto!
    人格 完成に 努める こと
    «Beware! Strive fort the perfection of your character!»
    This rule concerns the relation of human beings to themselves.

     

  2. Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto!
    誠の道を守ること
    «Beware! Defend the paths of the truth!»
    This rule concerns the relation of human beings to their environment.

     

  3. Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto!
    努力の精神を養うこと
    «Beware! Foster the spirit of efforts!»
    This rule concerns the implementation of personal life aims of human beings.

     

  4. Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto!
    礼儀を重んずること
    «Beware! Honour the principles of the etiquette!»
    This rule concerns the models of behaviour human beings should consider if they want to be understood and accepted by their environment.

     

  5. Hitotsu! Kekki no yû o imashimuru koto!
    血気の勇を戒むること
    «Beware! Refrain from violent behaviour!»
    This rule concerns the inner stance of human beings to conflict-free, non-violent and pacifistic behaviour.

    Integral part of this fifth principle is the second  of Gichin Funakoshi's Dojo Kun:
    Karate ni sente nashi!
    空手に先手 なし
    «There is no first attack in Karate!»
    That means that Karate has to be used in extreme emergency and self-defense only.

     

Dojo Kun of Gichin Funakoshi


Gichin Funakoshi completed the Dojo Kun of his teacher Anko Azato by twenty principles of his own:

  1. Karate Do wa rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru koto o wasuruna! «Karate begins and ends with respect!»

  2. Karate ni sente nashi! «There is no first attack in Karate!» This principle is typified by the fact that every Kata begins with a defensive technique.

  3. Karate wa gi no tasuke! «Karate fosters righteousness!»

  4. Mazu jiko wo shire, shikoshite tao wa shire! «First know yourself and then know others!»

  5. Gijutsu yoi shinjutsu! «Rather than physical technique, mental technique!»

  6. Kokoro wa hanatan koto wo yosu! «Let your mind roam freely!»

  7. Wazawai wa getai ni shozu! «Inattention and neglect causes misfortune!»

  8. Dojos no mino karate to omou na! «Never think that Karate is practiced only in the Dojo!»

  9. Karate no shugyo wa issho de aru! «Karate is a life-long pursuit!»

  10. Arai-yuru mono wo karateka seyo, soko ni myomi ari! «Combine everything you do with Karate and you’ll find Myo (the mental power which reveals to everyone the magic, mystic and beauty of life)!»

  11. Karate wa yu no goto shi taezu netsudo wo ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru! «Karate is like hot water; if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool down!»

  12. Katsu kangae wa motsu na makenu kangae wa hitsuyo! «Do not think about winning, think about not losing!»

  13. Tekki ni yotte tenka seyo! «Respond in accordance to your opponent!»

  14. Tattakai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari! «A fight runs accordingly to how you use Kyo (body and spirit unguarded) and Jitsu (body and spirit guarded)!»

  15. Hito no te ashi wo ken to omoe! «Imagine your hands and feet being sharp swords!»

  16. Danshi mon wo izureba hyakuman no tekki ari! «Leave your home and you face many foes; it is your behaviour that invites trouble from them!»

  17. Kamae wa shoshinsha ni ato wa shizentai! «Learn all stances as a beginner but then rely on natural postures!»

  18. Kata wa tadashiku jissen wa betsu mono! «Kata must always be practiced correctly; real combat is another matter!»

  19. Chikara no kyojaku; Karada no shinshuku; Waza no kankyo wo wasaruna! «Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body and slowness and speed of techniques – everything combined with the right breathing!»

  20. Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo! «Always think and devise ways to live the Kufu (the principles) every day!»

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