Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation

Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF) was established in 1978 by Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa (Black Belt 10th Dan) who had studied directly under Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do. SKIF, a Government recognized Specified Non-Profit Organization in Japan has been expanding its activities since its founding and now has affiliated groups in over 130 countries with several millions of members worldwide. The philosophy of Shotokan Karate-do is based on the traditional budo spirit of karate which seeks the perfection of character through hard training and discipline. In addition to the traditional philosophy underpinned by the Rei-to-Setsu and Dojo-Kun, SKIF also strives for the healthy mental and physical growth of youth and peaceful international exchange of friendships through training and competition.

Dojo Kun

道 場 訓
Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto!
(One! To Strive For The Perfection Of Character!)
Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto!
(One! To Defend The Paths Of Truth!)
Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto!
(One! To Foster The Spirit Of Effort!)
Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto!
(One! To Honour The Principles Of Etiquette!)
Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto!
(One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage!)
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Since by nature we all learn by trial and error, many things will be forgiven in a dojo, but bad behaviour is definitely not one of them.

This rule applies to every student within the dojo society regardless of their rank, in fact the higher the rank, the less tolerance there is for any breach of etiquette what so ever.

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