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​THE OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO

In Okinawa, the karate dojo is a highly respected place.  It is where the art of self-defense is raised to a way of life.  The student of karate is strengthened both physically and mentally while their character is polished through training in the art’s moral principles.  The dojo is held in such high regard that even cleaning and maintenance tasks are handled exclusively by its members.  These principles and guidelines that have been handed down by karate masters for the practitioners to train and live by.  Read them carefully and think about them deeply.

STUDENT CREED

  • I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that will reduce my mental growth or physical health.
  • I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
  • I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and others, and never to be abusive or offensive.
  • I am a black belt student. I am motivated, I am dedicated. I am on a quest to be my best.

 

 DOJO GUIDELINES

  • Attend class on a regular basis.
  • Keep uniforms neat, clean and odor free.
  •  Keep toenails and fingernails trimmed to avoid injury.
  •  Never wear shoes on the dojo floor.
  •  Address fellow students and instructors with respect.
    • ​Black belts are "Sensei"
    • Non-black belt seniors are "Sempai" 
    • ​Non-black belt juniors are "Kohai"
  •  Do not disturb the class in session.
  •  Check in for your class as soon as you arrive.
  •  Always bow when entering and exiting the dojo floor.
  •  Always bow before and after talking to a senior student.
  •  Always turn away from the Shomen (front) when adjusting your belt or gi.

 Give 100% effort everytime you come to class.

THE DOJO KUN

The Dojo Kun was written by Satsunuku “Tode” Sakugawa. 

It is a set of principles to guide the karate student in their daily conduct.

  1. STRIVE FOR A GOOD MORAL CHARACTER. 
  2. KEEP AN HONEST AND SINCERE WAY.
  3. CULTIVATE PERSEVERANCE OR WILL FOR STRIVING.
  4. DEVELOP A RESPECTFUL ATTITUDE.
  5. RESTRAIN AGGRESSION THROUGH SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENT.
 
MORALITY OF KARATE
  1. The ideal of karate is to cultivate noble character and conduct and the virtues of modesty and courtesy.
  2. "No forestalling in Karate." Karate is the military art for self-defense to protect and preserve your life, and never to attack others on your own initiative.
  3. Perseverance is the root of all conduct. True patience lies in bearing what is unbearable!
  4. Put back your hands when you are full of fight and retract your fight when your hands itch to deal a blow.
  5. "Softness is unity." "Strength is unity." The ultimate object of human beings should be coexistence and co-prosperity in peace.
  6. Avoid fights and quarrels even when dared.