Philosophy

Dojo Creed
1. To Strive for the Perfection of Character.
(Be the best person you can be.)
1. To Defend the Path of Truth.
(Be an honest person.)
1. To Foster the Spirit of Effort.
(Work hard; do your best in all things.)
1. To Honor the Principles of Etiquette.
(Be respectful and polite to others and yourself.)
1. To Guard Against Impetuous Courage.
(Protect yourself from being impulsive - think before you act, then act appropriately.)

Discussion - The dojo creed is a set of ideals that we try to live by: character, honesty, effort, etiquette and mindfulness.


Code of Ethics
Contain rather than hurt.
Hurt rather than injure.
Injure rather than maim.
Main rather than kill.
Kill rather than be killed.
Summary: In a confrontation, a karate student has the responsibility to use the least amount of force
necessary to ensure their safety.  Once the threat has been removed, the response ends.


Shu Ha Ri
Shu - (White Belt through 3rd Degree Black Belt)
The karateka (karate student) learns technique, following the teacher's instruction without question.
Ha - (4th through 6th Degree Black Belt)
The karateka begins to question the principles behind the techniques, exploring their purposes and making connections.
Ri - (7th through 10th Degree Black Belt)
The karateka gives back to the system by adding new knowledge and understanding.

Aikido master Endō Seishirō shihan stated:

"It is known that, when we learn or train in something, we pass through the stages of shuha, and ri. These stages are explained as follows. In shu, we repeat the forms and discipline ourselves so that our bodies absorb the forms that our forbearers created. We remain faithful to the forms with no deviation. Next, in the stage of ha, once we have disciplined ourselves to acquire the forms and movements, we make innovations. In this process the forms may be broken and discarded. Finally, in ri, we completely depart from the forms, open the door to creative technique, and arrive in a place where we act in accordance with what our heart/mind desires, unhindered while not overstepping laws."[1]  (From Wikipedia)


Jujitsu Philosophy

No Challenge - No Resistance - No Injury

When learning technique with a partner, do not resist the movement.  Challenging each other's strength during

the learning process makes it harder to learn good technique and may lead to injuries to you and your partner.