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Karate-Do


Philosophy

Karate-Do is based on the philosophy of Budo, which is reflected in constant search for personal improvement. The term "Empty Hands" means emptying the mind of all evil desires and vanities.

There are a set of guidelines which every practitioner should follow both in the dojo (training hall) and in everyday life.


Dojo Kun

These are ethical rules recited at the end of each Shotokan training session. Although believed that the authorship came from Gichin Funakoshi, it is rumoured they have been created by Kanga Sakukawa, an 18th century Okinawan Karate proponent.

Strive for completion of character (or seek for perfection of character)
Hitotsu - jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto

Be Faithful
Hitotsu - makoto no michi o mamoru koto

Endeavor
Hitotsu - doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto

Respect others
Hitotsu - reigi o omonzuru koto

Refrain from violent behaviour
Hitotsu - kekki no yu o imashuru koto


Niju Kun

They represent the "twenty instructions" of Gichin Funakoshi.

Karate-do begins and ends with bowing.
Hitotsu, karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasaru na

There is no first strike in karate.
Hitotsu, karate ni sente nashi

Karate stands on the side of justice.
Hitotsu, karate wa, gi no tasuke

First know yourself, then know others.
Hitotsu, mazu onore o shire, shikashite ta o shire

Mentality over technique.
Hitotsu, gijitsu yori shinjitsu

The heart must be set free.
Hitotsu, kokoro wa hanatan koto o yosu

Calamity springs from carelessness.
Hitotsu, wazawai wa ketai ni seizu

Karate goes beyond the dojo.
Hitotsu, dojo nomino karate to omou na

Karate is a lifelong pursuit.
Hitotsu, karate-do no shugyo wa isssho de aru

Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.
Hitotsu, ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; sokoni myomi ari

Karate is like boiling water; without heat, it returns to its tepid state.
Hitotsu, karate Wa Yu No Gotoku Taezu Netsu O Atae Zareba Motono Mizuni Kaeru

Do not think of winning. Think, rather, of not losing.
Hitotsu, katsu kangae wa motsuna; makenu kangae wa hitsuyo

Make adjustments according to your opponent.
Hitotsu, tekki ni yotte tenka seyo

The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength).
Hitotsu, tattakai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari

Think of hands and feet as swords.
Hitotsu, hi to no te-ashi wa ken to omoe

When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies.
Hitotsu, danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari

Formal stances are for beginners; later, one stands naturally.
Hitotsu, kamae wa shoshinsha ni atowa shizentai

Perform prescribed sets of techniques exactly; actual combat is another matter.
Hitotsu, kata wa tadashiku, jisen wa betsumono

Do not forget the employment of withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique.
Hitotsu, chikara no kyojaku tai no shinshuku waza no kankyu

Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of the Way.
Hitotsu, tsune ni shinen ku fu seyo

Each rule has the same level of importance as the other, so it is not numbered neither ordered.

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