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The Dojo Kun (or oath) was written by Sosai Oyama with the assistance of the author Miyamoto Musashi, Eiji Yoshikawa. It is said as a group at the very end of class. In most Western countries, the dojo kun in recited in English. It is a good idea for students to familiarise themselves with it in Japanese – particularly if you plan to travel to and train in Japan.

English translation

We will train our hearts and bodies
for a firm unshaking spirit.

We will pursue the true meaning of the Martial Way,
so that in time our senses may be alert.

With true vigour,
we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self denial.

We will observe the rules of courtesy,
respect our superiors,
and refrain from violence.

We will follow our religious principles
and never forget the true virtue of humility.

We will look upwards to wisdom and strength,
not seeking other desires.

All our lives, through discipline of karate,
we will seek to fulfil the true meaning of the Kyokushin Way.

Japanese – Romaji

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
shinshin o renmashi kakko fubatsu no shingi o kiwameru koto.

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
bu no shinzui o kiwame, ki ni hasshi, kan ni bin naru koto.

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
shitsujitsu goken o mot-te, jiko no seishin o kanyo suru koto.

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
reisetsu o omonji, chojo o keishi, sobo no furumai o tsutsushimu koto.

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
shinbutsu o totobi, kenjo no bitoku o wasurezaru koto.

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
chisei to tairyoku to o kojo sase, koto ni nozonde ayamatazaru koto.

Hitotsu, ware ware wa,
shogai no shugyo o karate no michi ni tsuji,
Kyokushin no michi o mat-to suru koto.

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