The Dojo-kun

The dojo-kun is the creed (motto) of karate-do, repeated at the end of each class. Its five declarations are the guideposts of modern karate-do, the way of karate.


Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto
Seek perfection of character

Makoto no michi o mamoru koto

Be faithful

Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto

Reigi o omonzuru koto
Respect others

Kekki no yuu o imashimuru koto
Refrain from violent behavior

*Please note the the most common translations into English are included here. Not only do almost all the mainstream Shotokan groups use this version of the dojo kun but a very large number of non-Shotokan or multi-style groups also recite the same creed. There are more accurate translations available. For more information, please feel free to ask one of the main instructors, both of whom lived in Japan for many years and are fluent in Japanese.