The conduct of a karate ka604a66ec68c34745a4b8b3ece2e8b9c5.wix_mp_256, both inside and outside the dojo, is based upon the same basic ideas and principles. They are not two separate areas. The following points summarise some of the main principles:

  • The highest standards, irrespective of grade
  • A karate a should always be aiming to keep up the very best conduct, whether a white belt or a dan grade.
  • Respect for others
  • Respect is a hallmark of karate. All karate ka should be respectful, not only to their fellow karate ka but to everyone. Arrogant intolerance and disrespect shows an immature, closed minded and inflexible attitude. Respect and understanding for others’ views shows a mature, open minded and flexible character.

Respect is shown in many ways, including:

  • By following proper etiquette in the dojo;
  • By understanding others’ points of view, even if you do not agree with them;
  • By punctuality;
  • By showing thanks to someone who helps you;
  • By helping others who need help;
  • By smart appearance;
  • By cleanliness.
‘Karate do’

Ultimately karate do means a way of life. The aim of karate do is not just to provide the practitioner with a comprehensive fighting system, but to enhance and improve the practitioner’s personal character. All karate ka should be aiming for improvement of their character as their long term goal.

The real fight is not against any other opponent than your self.