Dojo Kun are mottos, maxims, tenets, or sayings. The dojo kun is usually recited during the closing rei of the karate class. Each dojo or organization will have different dojo kun. These are the rules to live by, set forth by the Sensei or Koncho, as this is how he/she lives his/her life.
At the end of the class the senpai will command in a strong voice "DOJO KUN" he/she will recite these mottos and the students as a group will repeat after him each motto, (in a strong voice to show good dojo spirit of course). The Japanese word "HITOTSU" is said prior to each motto, it means "one thing".
The dojo kun will be displayed on a wall inside the dojo, each and every student is expected to be able to recite the dojo kun at any given time. This is an easy task if you truly live by the dojo kun.
The following are some of the mottos that the students of the Niagara Falls Martial Arts Center are familiar with.
JUNDOKAN INTERNATIONAL DOJO KUN (Translated by Teruo Chinen)
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
JUNDOKAN DOJO KUN (Translated by Tetsunoke Yasuda)
Be mindful of your courtesy with humbleness
Train yourself considering physical strength
Study and contrive seriously
Be calm in mind and swift in action
Take care of yourself
Live a plain and simple life
Do not be too proud of yourself
Continue training with patience and steadiness
GOJU RYU DOJO KUN BY PETER URBAN
We are proud to study the spirit of Goju
We shall practice courtesy
We shall be quick to seize opportunity
We shall always practice patience
We shall always keep the fighting spirit of KARATE