Dojo Kun – 道場訓

The Dojo Kun, a set of guiding principles, serves as the foundation for the martial arts practice and instills the values and ethics essential for personal growth and character development. Often recited at the beginning and end of training sessions, the Dojo Kun reminds students of the importance of cultivating respect, integrity, humility, and self-discipline. By emphasizing virtues such as perseverance, courage, and indomitable spirit, the Dojo Kun encourages practitioners to not only excel in their martial arts journey but also apply these principles in their daily lives. Through continuous reflection on the Dojo Kun, students become well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to their communities and strive for harmony within themselves and with others.

Toronto Wado-Ryu Karate Dojo Kun
At Toronto Wado-Ryu Karate, the Dojo Kun not only sets the intention of each training session, but are ideals that we strive to apply to our daily ordinary lives.

Toronto Wado-Ryu Karate Dojo Kun - calligraphy by Masafumi Shiomitsu Sensei, 9th Dan – Hanshi

Above Japanese is read from left to right. Calligraphy by Masafumi Shiomitsu Sensei, 9th Dan – Hanshi

  • Rei gi o omonji

Respect and courtesy for everything (everyone)

  • Shinkenmi ni teshi

Be serious in everything (that you do, have fun with it and be light)

  • Shinshin o kitae waza o neri

Work hard mentally (study) and physically (practice); repeat techniques again and again.

  • Jinkaku kansei ni tsutome

Strive to become a better person

  • Wa no michi o kiwameyo

Find peace and harmony within your life