The Dojo Kun or Dojo Oath comprises a list of rules to follow in the dojo and was written by Sosai (founder) Masutatsu Oyama and the famous Japanese writer Eiji Yoshikawa. The Dojo Kun is recited out loud at the end of a training session by the most senior student with each student repeating the words after him while sitting in seiza. Studying the Dojo Kun is an excellent way to try to understand the philosophy of Kyokushin karate. At Katsu Dojo, the Dojo Kun must eventually be memorized by all students in both Japanese as well as English
- We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm unshaken spirit.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shinshin o renmashi, kakko fubatsu no shingi o kiwameru koto.
- We will pursue the true meaning of the martial way so that, in time, our senses may be alert.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, bu no shinzui o kiwame, ki ni hasshi, kan ni bin naru koto.
- With true vigour, we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self-denial.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shitsujitsu goken o motte, kokki no seishin o kanyo suru koto.
- We will observe the rules of courtesy, respect our superiors, and refrain from violence.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, reisetsu o omonji, chojo o keishi, sobo no furumai o tsutsushimu koto.
- We will follow our religious principles and never forget the true virtue of humility.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shinbutsu o totobi, kenjo no bitoku o wasurezaru koto.
- We will look upwards to wisdom and strength, not seeking other desires.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, chisei to tairyoku to o kojo sase, koto ni nozonde ayamatazaru koto.
- All our lives, through the discipline of karate, we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the Kyokushin way.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shogai no shugyo o karate no michi ni tsuji, Kyokushin no michi o mattou suru koto.