校訓 – Koukun:
“校訓 【こうくん】 (n) school precepts” – (http://nihongo.monash.edu/cgi-bin/wwwjdic?1F) We usually just call them “dojo kun”.
There is a “traditional” dojo kun that was promoted by Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate. In English, they read:
- Seek perfection of character.
- Be faithful.
- Respect others.
- Refrain from violent behavior.
These are generally precepts to live by … understanding that they will be life-long endeavor and some of them would be very difficult to “master” … especially the first one.
Our dojo kun comes from Shuri-ryu Karate-do:
- Class begins & ends with courtesy.
- Actions have consequences.
- We are responsible for our behavior.
- We lead by example.
- There’s not excuse for bad manners.
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