Dojo Kun

De Dojo Kun bestaat uit regels die de karateka dient na te streven in het beoefenen van karate-do. Aangezien karate meer is dan een louter fysieke sport, kan de Dojo Kun helpen het karakter van de karateka te vormen.

De 5 regels beginnen telkens met “ten eerste”, omdat elke regel even belangrijk is.

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Hitotsu Jinkaku Kansei ni Tsutomoru Koto!

One! To strive for the perfection of character!

Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto!

One! To defend the paths of truth!

Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto!

One! To foster the spirit of effort!

Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto!

One! To honour the principals of etiquette!

Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto!

One! To Guard against impetuous courage!

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Funakoshi zei ooit dat “het ultieme doel van karate niet ligt in de overwinning, noch in de nederlaag, maar in de verbetering van het karakter van de beoefenaars”. Hij vatte dit samen in 20 leidende principes oftewel de NIJU KUN. Funakoshi publiceerde deze principes voor het eerst als “ Karate-do nijukkajo to sono kaishaku ” in “ Karate-do taikan ” (1938).

  • Do not forget that karate-do begins and ends with rei
  • There is no first strike in karate
  • Karate stands on the side of justice
  • First know yourself, then know others
  • Mentality over technique
  • The mind must be set free
  • Calamity springs from carelessness
  • Karate goes beyond the dojo
  • Karate is a lifelong pursuit
  • Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty
  • Karate is like boiling water: without heat, it returns to its tepid state
  • Do not think of winning. Think, rather, of not losing
  • Make adjustments according to your opponent
  • The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength)
  • Think of the opponent’s hands and feet as swords
  • When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies
  • Kamae is for beginners; later, one stands in shizentai
  • Perform kata exactly; actual combat is another matter
  • Do not forget the employment or withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique
  • Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful in your pursuit of the Way
  • Bron; “The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate” Gichin Funakoshi (vertaald door John Teramoto)