Dojo Kun


Dojo Kun from Funakoshi.

The form of the dojo kun can vary from style to style or dojo to dojo but in general the sentiments expressed and the basic ideas involved agree in most respects. This is the same dojo kun used by the Japan Karate Association.

On our dojo scrolls are written maxims of particular significance to all martial artists. They remind us of the core principles governing our training and how we should live our lives. Rest assured that they are guaranteed 100% accurate translations that will bring credit to your dojo!


Dojo Kun

After years of research, we discovered the best way to reproduce calligraphy scrolls is to use a commercial Japanese twelve color art printer that uses special pigments, not toners. This gives a permanent image with an “organic” look rather than toners’ shiny plastic appearance. Our karate dojo scrolls look just the same as those found in Japan and Okinawa. (Please see photo of the Higaonna Dojo in Naha, Okinawa).

In normal practice the this would be chanted after a short period of meditation [mokuso] at the end of a class. The usual procedure is for the senior student in the class to say one line which is then repeated by the whole class until the sequence is completed. Continues

Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto
Work to perfect your character.
Makoto no michi o mamoru koto.
Have fidelity in seeking a true path
Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.
Cultivate a spirit of endeavour and perseverance
Reigi o omonjiru koto.
Always act with good manners
Kekki no yu o imashimeru koto.
Refrain from violent and uncontrolled behaviour.

See also The 20 Precepts of Karate

Master Funakoshi’s Karate

Additional information

Weight 0.25 lbs
Dimensions 17 × 11 × 2 in

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