Karate Classes in Pickering

Dojo Kun

Dojo Kun ( 松濤 館 乃 道場 訓 ) and Karate Classes in Pickering . It is a code of principles or a code of rules, consisting of simple words but with profound meaning. Written by Gichin Funakoshi has the following Japanese writing:

Master Calligraphy Teruyuki Okazaki

Dojo Kun principles:

,人格完成に努むる事Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto!
, の 道 を 守 る 事Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto!
, 努力 の 精神 を 養 う 事Hitotsu! Doryoku no seichin o yashinau koto!
一 い の の ず る 事Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto!
, 血 気 の 勇 を 戒 む る 事Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto!

English translation (traditional):

First! Seek Perfection of Character!

First! Be faithful and Loyal!

First ! Endeavor!

First ! Respect others!

First! Refrain from violent behavior!

Seek Perfection of Character (Character)

Karate Classes in Pickering is more than acquiring physical capabilities. All beginners, especially young people, need to be explained the importance of character development through rigorous discipline and training. For the beginner, the character formation process begins with the repetition of the  techniques. The fighter spirit will be attained in time, once he will become more confident in mastering techniques. It is a long way to gain spiritual power, but once achieved and understood, it will give you strength and inner peace for the rest of your life.

Be Faithful and Loyal (Loyalty)

Loyalty is a virtue and is the essence of the Samurai tradition and the influence of Confucianism on martial arts. Loyalty must be directed to sensei 先生)and dojo. The student must always be loyal to his sensei and understand the true sense of loyalty to principles. Faith and loyalty shown to Sensei will be rewarded by a strong link based on trust and mutual respect. 

Endeavor (Effort)

Dedicate honestly and unconditionally, means show determination (Hoshin) and effort in order to achieve karate skills. Under no circumstances is it possible to achieve mastery without sustained effort and sacrifices from the practitioner.

Respect others 

Respect for others is an important part of Japanese and Okinawan culture, a concept common to all martial arts. Gichin Funakoshi said: “Karate begins and ends with RESPECT” . He also said: “Without courtesy (respect) there is no dojo.” This is the formal reflection of the nature of the Japanese people and is manifested by bowing during training, on the street, at home and at work or school. Rules in dojo are very well defined. Tilt correctly and show respect in everything you do and wherever you go. No hurry. Respect must come from the soul, respect everything that surrounds you: sensei, parents, friends, law, nature, etc.

Refrain from violent behavior (Control)

A trained fighter is a person with unpredictable skills.  It is therefore not right to use these qualities against someone untrained or weaker than him. The spirit of a karate-ka is powerful and his knowledge must be used only in support of justice. A person with a strong character can avoid a confrontation because he can control his emotions. He does not need to test his skills on the street (in public). A karate-ka can win without fighting and will not regret it because it will not hurt anyone. It is very difficult to explain to today’s students such behavior, because their attitude is to win fast, to win as soon as possible, to earn ranks and medals without training spirit first. It is therefore necessary to remind students, permanently, the importance of dojo kun and the powerful educational character of this martial art.

Once these words become a personal code of principles and conduct, they will be a part of  your life forever.