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MOTTOES - Zayu no Mei Juichi Kajo





Sosai Masutatsu Oyama summed up his entire Martial Arts philosophy in 11 mottoes, also known as the Zayu no Mei Juichi Kajo, which are central in his teaching. Many of these hold very practical application even today.

1. The Martial Arts way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.

2. Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff - continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the task at hand.

3. Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.

4. Even for the Martial Artist, the place of money cannot be ignored. Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.

5. The Martial Way is centred on posture. Strive to maintain correct posture at all times.

6. The Martial Way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training.

7. In the Martial Arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.

8. The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.

9. The Martial Arts begin with a point and end in a circle. Straight lines stem from this principal.

10. The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realised through experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demand.

11. Always remember: in the Martial Arts, the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.

  • DOJO KUN - English version

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

We will purse the true meaning of the martial way so that in time our senses may be alert.

With true vigor we will seek to cultivate the 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 the discipline of Karate we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the Kyokushin way.

DOJO KUN - Japanese version

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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