The Dojo Kun detailed by Master Funakoshi explains the philosophy behind karate. He believed these codes of conduct should apply to all aspects of life and are not confined to the dojo.One must strive for the completion of one’s character 人格完成に努むること Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto One must be faithful and protect the way of truth 誠の道を守ること Hitotsu, makoto no michi wo mamoru koto One must endeavour 努力の精神を養うこと Hitotsu, doryōku no seishin wo yashinau koto One must respect others and the rules of etiquette 礼儀を重んずること Hitotsu, reigi wo omonzuru koto One must refrain from violent behavior (guard against impetuous courage) 血気の勇を戒むること Hitotsu, kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto There are general matters of courtesy which are addressed in the dojo.
- All karateka bow on entering and leaving the dojo.
- Senpai (students) bow to the sensei if they are directly acknowledged or asked to help in a demonstration.
- Senpai acknowledge and answer sensei by saying “Osu” (Pronounced ‘oss’ rhyming with coast).
- We line up according to belt at the beginning and end of every class. The sensei and any visiting sensei stand in front.
- If you arrive late, kneel down at the edge of the dojo and sit on your heels. The sensei will then acknowledge your arrival and you may warm up in a free space before bowing and joining the other students.
- Toe and fingernails should be kept short and clean to avoid scratching others.
- Jewelry should not be worn during training.
- Student’s karate gi should be kept clean and ironed.