At the close of each class, we recite the dojo kun. These precepts guide our training and remind us to be true to the martial arts’ philosophy, principles, and practices both inside and outside the dojo.
Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto, “Seek perfection of character”
Because perfection is unatainable, our quest for self-development will last a lifetime.
Hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto, “Be faithful”
We must be true to ourselves; we must honor our commitments.
Hitotsu, doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto, “Endeavor”
We must put forth our best effort in everything we do.
Hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto, “Respect others”
When we approach others with humility, we open our minds to learning.
Hitotsu, keki no yu o imashimuru koto, “Refrain from violent behavior”
Our skills are for use only in self-defense; we must always practice self-control.