Dojo Kun

English English Pronunciation of Japanese Words Japanese
Seek perfection of character Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto! 一、人格 完成に 努める こと
Be faithful Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto! 一、誠の道を守ること
Endeavor Hitotsu! Doryoku no seichin o yashinau koto! 一、努力の精神を養うこと
Respect others Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto! 一、礼儀を重んずること
Refrain from violent behavior Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto! 一、血気の勇を戒むること

Karate Ranking System

Rank Belt Color Japanese Kata
10th Kyu         White         十級 Heian Shodan
9th Kyu         White         九級 Heian Shodan
8th Kyu        Yellow         八級 Heian Shodan
7th Kyu        Orange        七級 Heian Nidan
6th Kyu         Green         六級 Heian Sandan
5th Kyu       Purple 1       五級 Heian Yondan
4th Kyu       Purple 2       四級 Heian Godan
3rd Kyu       Brown 1       三級 Tekki Shodan
2nd Kyu       Brown 2       二級 Bassai Dai
1st Kyu       Brown 3       一級 Bassai Dai / Jion
1st Dan    Shodan (1st)   初段 Heian Nidan through Tekki Shodan
2nd Dan     Nidan (2nd)    二段 15 Core Kata
3rd - 10th Dan Sandan - Judan 三段 - 十段 26 Kata

Karate Books

Best Karate series (1-11)

by Masatoshi Nakayama
All the basic points of karate arranged systematically for effective learning, step by step--the parts of the body used as natural weapons, the stances, how to block, how to attack, introduction to the kata and to kumite.

Dynamic Karate

by Masatoshi Nakayama
Most books on karate usually do not provide complete, detailed instructions and illustrations-the fundamentals plus the fine points-that readers hope for. This book fills the gaps left by others.

Practical Karate (Vols 1-6)

by Masatoshi Nakayama and Donn F. Draeger
All 6 volumes of this classic work are collected here in one volume. An outstanding primer on self defense. Written by the chief instructor of the JKA in collaboration with the pioneer Westerner in the practice of Japanese martial arts and an instructor in the International Division of the Kodokan in Tokyo.

The Textbook of Modern Karate

by Teruyuki Okazaki, Milorad V. Stricevic
All the basic points of karate arranged systematically for effective learning, step by step--the parts of the body used as natural weapons, the stances, how to block, how to attack, introduction to the kata and to kumite.

Karate The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting

by Hidetaka Nishiyama and Richard C. Brown

Karate Fighting Techniques: The Complete Kumite

by Hirokazu Kanazawa
Hirokazu Kanazawa is the renowned karate master in the world today, and a close disciple of Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of the Shotokan School. Having earned his impressive reputation in Hawaii, the mainland United States, and Europe as an official trainer for the Japan Karate Association, Kanazawa founded Shotokan Karate-do International Federation in 1979. This association now has branches in more than 90 countries throughout the world.

Modern Karate: Scientific Approach to Conditioning and Training

by Milorad V. Stricevic, Dusan Daci, Toyotaro Mivazaki, George Anderson
Learn how to achieve peak conditioning and unbeatable competition skills - REGARDLESS OF STYLE! Over 750 photos, charts, graphs, and illustrations. TOC: The History of Karate: A Martial Art and Competitive Sport Modern Karate Techniques: The Principles of Executing Techniques, Sweeping and Defense Against Sweeping Arm Techniques: Tsuki and Uchi-Waza Kicking Techniques: Keri-Waza Equipment: Use in Conditioning and Training of Karate Athletes The Tactics of Sport Competition Modern Karate Training: Programing Excercise Workrates

Perfection of Character: Guiding Principles for the Martial Arts & Everyday Life

by Teruyuki Okazaki
In this enlightening and inspiring book, Master Teruyuki Okazaki, one of the greatest karate masters of our time, shares his wisdom gained from more than 60 years of practicing and teaching Shotokan Karate throughout the world. This is his commentary on the Dojo Kun and the Niju Kun, the guiding principles of karate, as given by his teacher, Master Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate. Anyone who wishes to become a better martial artist and a better person will treasure "Perfection of Character," and integrate its precepts into his or her life.

Karate-Do: My Way of Life

by Gichin Funakoshi
Linking the time when karate was a strictly Okinawan art of self-defense shrouded in the deepest secrecy and the present day, when it has become a martial art practiced throughout the world, is Gichin Funakoshi, the "Father of Karate-do."

Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text

by Gichin Funakoshi
Nineteen kata ("forms") of karate-the art of self-defense without weapons-are presented here in complete detail. They are the ones selected by the great master and teacher, Gichin Funakoshi, to give comprehensive training in Karate-do, the way of karate.

Moving Zen: One Man's Journey to the Heart of Karate (Bushido - The Way of the Warrior)

by C. W. Nicol
A classic story of one man's confrontation with the self through Karate.