1. To Strive for the Perfection of Character.
1. To Defend the Path of Truth.
1. To Foster the Spirit of Effort.
1. To Honor the Principles of Etiquette.
1. To Guard against Impetuous Courage.
A more detailed discussion of the Dojo Kun can be found here.
Definitions of terms can be found below.
What Does It All Mean?
Definitions of Terms from the Dojo Kun from The American Heritage High School Dictionary, 3rd Edition.
Character n. – 1. The combination of qualities or features that distinguish one person or group from another. 2. Moral or ethical strength. 3. A description of a person’s attributes, traits, or abilities.
Courage n. – 1. The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession and resolution; bravery.
Courtesy n. – 1. Polite behavior. 2. A polite gesture or remark. 3. Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.
Creed n. – 1. A system of beliefs, principles, or opinions.
Defend v. – 1. To make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm. 2. To support or maintain, as by argument or action.
Effort n. – 1. The use of physical or mental energy to do something. 2. A difficult exertion of the strength or will. 3. An honest attempt at accomplishing something. 4. Something done or produced through exertion; an achievement.
Etiquette n. – 1. The practices and forms prescribed by social convention or by authority. 2. Appropriate social behavior. 3. Good manners.
Foster v. – 1. To nurture. 2. To promote the growth and development of. 3. To nurse, cherish.
Guard Against v. – 1. To protect from.
Honor v. – 1. To hold in respect; esteem. 2. To show respect for. 3. To accept as valid. – n. 1. A code of integrity, dignity, and pride.
Impetuous adj. – 1. Marked by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate. 2. Having or marked by violent force.
Path n. – 1. A road, way, or track made for a particular purpose. 2. A course of action or conduct.
Perfection n. – 1. The quality or condition of being perfect. 2. The act or process of perfecting. 3. A person or thing considered to be perfect. 4. An instance of excellence.
Principle n. – 1. A basic truth, law, or assumption. 2. A rule or standard, especially of good behavior. 3. A fixed or predetermined policy or mode of action.
Respect v. – 1. To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem. 2. To avoid violation of or interference with. – n. 1. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
Spirit n. – 1. The vital principle or animating force within living things. 2. The part of a human being associated with the mind, will, and feelings. 3. The essential nature of a person or group. 4. Strong loyalty or dedication. 5. The actual though unstated sense or significance of something (the spirit of the law).
Strive v. – 1. To exert much effort or energy; endeavor. 2. To try real hard. 3. To struggle or fight forcefully; contend.
Truth n. – 1. Something that is consistent with fact or reality. 2. A statement proven to be or accepted as true. 3. Sincerity; integrity. 4. Maintaining a certain standard. 5. Reality; actuality.