Student Area

The Student Area is a place where we can provide resources for our students to help learn more about our classes and Karate in general.

Dojo Kun

The Dojo Kun is taken from Funakoshi's Twenty Guiding Principles and is often recited in unison at the end of the class to remind students to be the best they can be both in and out of training.

English Version

Seek Perfection of Character, Be Faithful, Endeavor to Excel, Respect Others, Refrain from Violent Behavior.

Japanese Version

hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomeru koto. hitotsu, makoto no michi wo mamoru koto. hitotsu, doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto. hitotsu, reigi wo omonzuru koto. hitotsu, kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto

Belts

Shotokan Karate employs a Kyu/Dan ranking system consisting of 10 Kyu levels and 10 Dan levels.  We use varying coloured belts to discern rank.  There is also the possibility of getting a "B" appended to your Kyu rank.  A "B" ranking denotes that extra time is required between tests (usually an additional 3 months of training).  For example, a student who is a 7th Kyu (orange belt) may test for 6th Kyu (green belt) after three months of training.  However, a student who is a 7B (still considered an orange belt) must train for 6 a minimum of months before being allowed to test for 6th Kyu.  There is no B-rank in the Dan (black belt) ranks, only pass or fail.