Dojo Kun is a set of guidelines written and passed down from Miyazato Sensei.
These guidelines were based on common advice that Miyagi Sensei would give to his students. These guidelines were designed to help us in our daily lives in and outside the dojo.
This picture hangs on the wall inside the Jundonkan Dojo in Okinawa, Japan. Its image can be found in dojos around the world that follow instructions based on the lineage of Miyazato Sensei, the successor of Miyagi Chojin Sensei. These guidelines continue to be passed down by Teruo Chinen Sensei.
Be humble and polite,
Train considering your physical strength,
Practice earnestly with creativity,
Be calm and swift,
Take care of your health,
Live a plain life,
Do not be too proud or modest,
Continue your training with patience.
These are the precepts of our style of karate. Rather than explaining each one, the student should contemplate the dojo kun as it applies to his or her life. Each "kun" is stated aloud at the end of the class and begins with the word "Hitotsu" which means "one" or "first". This implies that each kun is separate and not in order of importance, meaning that each Dojo Kun is the most important at that time.