Dojo Kun

 

Everyone who trains in karate must know the dojo kun.  At the end of each training session, whether it be at the dojo, after class, or after a tournament, the dojo kun is repeated all together by the students as a reminder of why we train.  The dojo kun states the basic philosophy of karate, according to its founder and my teacher, Master Gichin Funakoshi.  Master Funakoshi believed that, for the true karate-ka, the dojo kun should not only be considered a set of rules of conduct in the dojo, but a guide to everyday life.   Everything we learn in the dojo, we should apply to everyday life.