Niju Kajo – The Twenty Precepts of Karate


Karate Dojo Scrolls Shotokan Series

Gichin Funakoshi’s “Niju Kajo,” his twenty precepts the most famous of which is the first; “Karate begins and ends with courtesy.”

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Karate Dojo Scrolls

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 should live our lives. Printed on high quality, 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. Designs marked * are also available as embroidery designs.


1. Karate wa rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru koto wo wasuruna.

Karate begins and ends with courtesy.

2. Karate ni sente nashi.

There is no first attack in karate.

3. Karate wa gi no tasuke.

Karate is an auxiliary of justice.

4. Mazu jiko wo shire, shikoshite tao wo shire.

First know yourself, then know others.

5. Gijutsu yori shinjutsu.

Techniques are inferior to intuition/spirit.

6. Kokoro wa hanatan koto wo yosu.

Always be ready to release your mind.

7. Wazawai wa getai ni shozu.

Misfortune always comes out of negligence.

8. Dojo no mino karate to omou na.

Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo.

9. Karate no shugyo wa issho de aru.

Karate practise is for your entire life; there is no limit.

10. Ara-yuru mono o karate-ka seyo, se soko ni myo-mi ari.

Put your everyday living into karate and you will find a subtle mystery.

11. Karate wa yu no goto shi taezu netsudo wo ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru.

Karate is like hot water; without constant heat it will become cold.

12. Katsu kangae wa motsu na makenu kangae wa hitsuyo.

Do not think that you have to win. Rather think that you do not have to lose.

13. Tekki ni yotte tenka seyo.

Victory depends on the ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerabe ones.

14. Tatta kai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari.

The fight depends on how you manoeuvre guarded and unguarded positions.

15. Hito no te ashi wo ken to omoe.
Think of the hands and feet as swords.

16. Danshi mon wo izureba hyakuman no tekki ari.

When you leave home think that you have one million enemies. Your behaviour invites trouble from them.

17. Kamae wa shoshinsha ni ato wa shizentai.

Beginners must master stance and posture; natural body position for advanced.

18. Kata wa tadashiku jissen wa bettsu mono.

Practising a kata is one thing, and engaging in a real fight is another.

19. Chikara no kyojaku, karada no shinshuku, waza no kankyu wo wasuruna.

Do not forget strength and softness of power, stretching and contraction of the body, slowness and speed of the techniques. Apply these correctly.

20. Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo.

Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day.


Additional information

Weight 0.25 lbs
Dimensions 17 × 11 × 2 in