Each respect others
To feel or show deferential value, honor, appreciation and
regard for another.
Each refrain from violent behavior
To hold oneself back from responding with inappropriate anger
and physical force.
"Each Seek Perfection of Character"
In 1964, Soke established the first United States IKA dojo in Los Angeles. The first wave of students was mostly police officers and they were all strong, tough, practical and streetwise. He referred to them as the "crazy group" that needed rules to help cultivate and improve beyond the combative aspect of training. This became the basis for Soke, along with Detective John Gilson, to develop the Dojo rules, the very same one that we all still recite today.
Each seek perfection of character.
Each be faithful.
Each respect others.
Each refrain from violent behavior.
It is not by chance that "Each Seek Perfection of Character" is first on the list. This rule to achieve moral and ethical distinction not only helps family, community and country but also helps to develop strong karate. Doing the right thing gives you the extra added strength and spirit to overcome one's adversary. On the other hand, the greatest adversary is often oneself and the instinctive need to find self worth and value spontaneously triggers fears and worries that can hinder karate training. In the Dojo, we observed two responses during an attack.
Responding in wanting to get even if hit or an anxious reaction to escape may both cloud over the calm need to learn and grow.
Ultimately, the implementation of the other four rules helps to perfect overall character. Consequently, implementation of only one or two will not meet the requirements of the first rule.
IKA's Dojo Kun starts with "Each" which personalizes one's effort to be responsible for the practice of each rule. This makes it more transformational which requires a continued and never ending process towards accomplishing this perfection of character. Soke regards this as "Kaze", or "Wind", blowing away and clearing and cleaning out what hinders our morals and ethics rather than just following rules.
IKA dojo rules have two parts. The first part, recited as Dojo Rules, at the beginning of training and the second part, Dojo Kun (translated as Dojo Rules), is recited at the end of training.
Kokusai Karate-do kyokai
Seikai no Karate-do
The "Way of Karate' through our participation with IKA elevates our parameters to an International level. In this day and age of political and military conflict, Dojo Kun helps us to cross those boundaries to meet and share our training on a
global and humanitarian scale. Tanoshiku was carefully selected as a rule to help guide us to enjoy our training and to have fun afterwards with fellow students and teachers. So strive to be the best and with strength but with happiness in this Way of Karate.
There is no way these rules can be applied only in the Dojo. In fact, the practice of these rules is similar to the development of Karate basics; it must be practiced in daily life and extended into our training at the Dojo. Gichen Funakoshi once said, "Think of every day life as Karate training".
Although these rules and direction is easy to recite, Soke believes it is a lifelong process that will never end.