Aim, Principles & goals of Shotokan Karate-do

Master gichin funakoshi


The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.

Master Gichin Funakoshi

The Five Principles of Karate-Do

  • To be cautious
  • To strengthen both body and mind
  • To think always before we act
  • To live in Harmony with all persons
  • To be fair-minded

What are the Dojo Kun’s (karate school affirmations)?

  • Seek perfection of character
  • Be faithful
  • Endeavor (to excel)
  • Respect others
  • Refrain from violent behavior