The DOJO-KUN is the essence of karate-do.  The karate-ka who dedicates their entire life to karate-do will always grow personally in improving their mind and body.  The DOJO-KUN is recited after every dojo training around the world in both English and Japanese.   It must be followed and practiced as part of daily life, both inside and outside karate environments.  


     The NIJU-KUN are 20 secondary principles that follow in the spirit of the DOJO-KUN.  They are listed and explained in great detail in the book,  Perfection of Character by Master Okazaki.  He explains how important the NIJU-KUN is and that karate-ka must study, recite, memorize, and live by them.  By doing this, karate-ka will incorporate them into their daily lives and strive to grow as better individuals both mentally, spiritually, and physically.

1.  Do not forget that karate begins with a bow and finishes with a bow

2.  In karate, never attack first

3.  One who practices karate must follow the way of justice

4.  Know yourself first, then you can know others

5.  Spirit and mind are more important than technique

6.  Be ready to release your mind

7.  Misfortune comes out of idleness

8.  Don't think that what you learn in karate can't be used outside the dojo

9.  It will take all of your life to learn karate

10.  PPut karate into your everyday living; that is how to see its true beauty

11.  Karate is just like hot water; if you do not give it continuous heat, it will become cold

12.  Do not cling to the idea of winning; it is the idea of not losing that is necessary

13.  Move according to your opponent

14.  In conflict, you must discern the vulnerable from the invulnerable points

15.  Consider your opponent's legs and arms as you would lethal swords

16.  Be aware at all times that you have millions of potential opponents

17.  Postured stance is for beginners; later come naturalness

18.  Kata is about correct and proper form; engaging in a real fight is something else

19.  Do not forget;  1) strength and weakness of power;  2) contraction and expansion of body;  3) rhythm of techniques

20  Always create and devise