Dojo Kun


On these dojo scrolls are written maxims of special significance to all martial artists. They remind us of the core principles governing our training, and how we live our lives. Printed on high quality, very heavyweight art paper in size 11” x 17,” they are shipped flat in cardboard to prevent creasing, and are easy to mount in standard size picture frames. 



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. My own experience centres on the kun used in Higaonna sensei’s and Kanazawa sensei’s dojos in Tokyo, where the five precepts were identical but not presented in the same order. This is also the dojo kun used by the Japan Karate Association.
In normal practise 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.

Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto
Work to perfect your character.
Makoto no michi o mamoru koto.
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.

Additional information

Weight0.1 lbs
Dimensions17 × 11 × 2 in