The Dojo Kun…


Dojo Kun Kanji

Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto

Standard translation – To seek perfection of character

Bushido Hombu translation – To seek perfection of character

Hitotsu! Makoto no michi wo mamoru koto 

Standard translation – To be faithful

Bushido Hombu translation – To be true and sincere

Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto 

Standard translation – To endeavour

Bushido Hombu translation – To persevere

Hitotsu! Reigi wo omonzuru koto 

Standard translation – To respect others

Bushido Hombu translation – To follow respectful etiquette

Hitotsu! Kekki no yu wo imashimuru koto  

Standard translation – To refrain from violent behaviour

Bushido Hombu translation – To maintain control of my behaviour

The origins of the Dojo Kun is unknown, some attribute it to the “father” of Shotokan/Shotokai karate (Gichin Funakoshi) however it is accepted that it is likely to be far older than this.

In Japanese, each of the five lines is numbered “ONE!” to represent the fact that all are equally important.  At Bushido Hombu we expect Blue belts (5th Kyu) and above to be able to recite this Japanese version by way of further displaying their efforts to train within our ideals.

When reciting the english version there is no need to begin each live with the word “ONE!”.  We aim for all members to be able to pick up the English version as soon as possible after becoming a member.

There is also a very literal translation provided by Richard Amos of WTKO, which gives more meaning than the standard translations that we use in class (above):

Kun = Morals
Hitotsu = one (when counting something)
Koto = thing

1) Seek/strive for a full and complete character
2) Defending the path we walk of truth and sincerity
3) Cultivating the spirit of perseverance
4) Honouring the principles of etiquette
5) Guard against hot-blooded behaviour


Quick Links

© All Rights Reserved.