DOJO KUN 2017-07-10T22:01:27+00:00

Dojo Kun – Code of ethics

The Dojo Kun is recited at the end of each training session, after Mokuso (Meditation). This recital must always be chanted with strength, character and sincerity one line at a time, first by the dojo’s sensei or senior student and then repeated by all in the class.

The purpose of the Dojo Kun is to remind all of the students in the dojo, regardless of their rank, that the physical, mental, and spiritual growth that they enjoy as a by product of their karate training, must also extend beyond the dojo’s walls.

The ultimate aim of the art of Shotokan karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants through hard training, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control.

Dojo rules of etiquette and conditions of membership

1.  Bow and say “OSS” on entering and leaving the dojo
2.  “OSS” is a sign of respect which must be used:

  • On entering and leaving the dogo
  • At registration
  • When bowing at the start and end of the training session
  • When bowing to your partner during kumite (sparring)
  • During grading and competitions

3. Address all instructors as “Sensei” whilst in the dojo
4. Any student arriving late must take up a kneeling position and wait for permission from the instructor to join the class.
The student must then bow and say “OSS” before joining the class.
5.  Students must always maintain a clean uniform (gi).
6.  Good hygiene must be attended to by all.
7.  Fingers and toe nails must be trimmed and kept clean at all times.
8.  All actions likely to offend the etiquette of the dojo are prohibited such as smoking, swearing, chewing, spitting etc.
9.  Jewellery, rings, necklaces and watches must be removed prior to each training session as they could cause injury.
10.  Articles of value should not be left in the changing rooms as instructors are not responsible for items which are lost, damaged or stolen.
11. The instructor  reserve the right to terminate a student’s club membership if any rules are repeatedly broken.

In Shotokan Karate each training session starts with a formal bow in which all students are lined up in order of grade with the highest graded students on the right hand side of the dojo facing the front (Shomen) of the dojo.

The higest ranking student (sempai) will then issue the following commands during the seated meditation:

At the start of the lesson to clear your mind and focus on the training ahead.
Seiza – Kneel
Shomen – Ni Rei
Sensei – Ni Rei
Otagai –  Ni Rei

At the end of the lesson to reflect on what was covered during the training session.
Seiza – Kneel
Mokuso – Meditate
Mokuso Yame – Stop meditating
Dojo Code . . .
Shomen –  Ni Rei
Sensei –  Ni Rei
Otagai –  Ni Rei

The instructor then instructs the students to stand up and walks towards the door, students move to the side.
The instructor then turn to face the students and say “Rei” (which simply means “bow”). All the students will then bow at the same time.

Dojo Kun
Seek perfection of character
Be faithful
Respect others
Refrain from violent behaviour