DOJO KUN

30 May

From the dojo archives:

ACADEMY OF GOSHIN-DO KARATE-DO DOJO KUN

1. WE ARE PROUD TO STUDY THE SPIRIT OF GOSHIN-DO. (FOLLOW THE PATH)
2. WE WILL ALWAYS OBSERVE THE RULES OF COURTESY.
3. WE SHALL ALWAYS PRACTICE PATIENCE AND HUMILITY.
4. WE SHALL ALWAYS STRIVE FOR PERFECTION OF CHARACTER.
5. WE WILL ALWAYS DEFEND THE PATHS OF TRUTH.
6. WE WILL BE QUICK TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY.
7. WE WILL GUARD AGAINST IMPETUOUS COURAGE.
8. WE WILL TRAIN OUR HEARTS AND BODIES FOR A FIRM AND UNSHAKEN SPIRIT.
9. WE WILL ALWAYS BE TRUE TO OURSELVES.
10. Student’s personal Kun.
Ichi-Nichi-Issho (One Day, One Lifetime)

Respectfully submitted,

Hanko-GDK-DEF-R

Endnotes:

  1. The first nine statements date back to the earliest days of Shihan DeFelice’s Dojo, originally located at 125 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ. In 1997, Sensei John Szmitkowski wrote a treatise on Goshin-Do Karate-Do entitled Goshin-Do Kata-jitsu (Issho Publications, 1997) in that work, he added guideline number 10, whereby each student would incorporate their own individual guideline within the kun. He also added the phrase “Ichi-nichi, Issho” as a means of closing the kun.
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