Our club motto is “Try your best”

The dojo kun states the basic philosophy of karate, according to its founder Master Gichin Funakoshi.  He believed that, for the true karate-ka, the dojo kun should not only be considered a set of rules for conduct in the dojo, but a guide to everyday life.  Everything we learn in the dojo, we should apply to outside life too.

Seek perfection of character – Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto

This is the ultimate goal of karate.   We seek perfection of character from the inside out.  It is something we should do every moment of every day of our lives. This means we should never stop learning.  Karate training, like life itself, is an ongoing process of growth and personal education, a process that lasts for a lifetime.   It is good to set goals, but as soon as we accomplish them, it is important to set our sights on the next goal, to improve.

Be faithful – Makoto no michi o mamoru koto

To be sincere in everything you do.  Here we are talking about making a total effort, all the time, in whatever you do.  To be faithful of course means that you have to be true to other people, to your obligations – but it also means you have to be true to yourself.  And to do so means you have to do your best in everything you do. When you are faithful to yourself, others will have faith in you.  This creates mutual trust between people.

Endeavour – Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto

Endeavour at everything you do.  No matter what you are doing, whether it’s training, working, having a relationship – give it one hundred percent.  To do anything else is to cheat yourself and others.  If you don’t try to do your best, you are not being faithful to yourself and others, and you are not trying to seek perfection of character.

Respect others – Reigi o omonzuru koto

A true martial artist always shows respect to other people.  And it is something you ought to feel in your heart.  Showing respect is a sign of humility, and humility is necessary for an open mind, which it turn is necessary to learn, to grow.  You can always learn something from every person you meet.  Likewise, every person you encounter is a possible opponent of some kind, and that opponent can pose a threat to you, physical or otherwise.

Refrain from violent behaviour – Keki no yuu o imashimuru koto

This is a reminder to keep calm inside.  Control yourself at all times, from within.  Conflict within is a form of violence.  It leads to violent actions, which is something you should try to avoid at all costs.   A martial artist should always be in control, and that begins with an inner calmness, with peace of mind.  If you are forced to defend yourself, it’s a last resort.