Posts Tagged ‘Dojo Kun’

Romaji for Japanese Words

Romaji is simply the use of roman characters (such as the English alphabet) to write pronunciations of Japanese words. The Japanese language is a part of the traditional culture that we represent and promote at our dojo. As a custom, the Japanese language is written in a complicated mixture of the complex kanji (adapted from…

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Kintsukoroi and Friendship

Kintsukoroi, also called kintsugi, is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Kintsukoroi means “golden repair.” The process creates a unique and even more beautiful piece than the original. Gold veins show that the pottery has a story, and resilience is part of its story. This is a good symbol for perseverance as in Dojo…

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Group Gratitude

This year perhaps more than any before, our dojo has evolved into a group effort. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our students and their families in the setting of their dojo. Here, we practice gratitude for the blessings that have strengthened our dojo this year. We are all part of a team…

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Holidays are Here

It is fitting that we have cheerful, bright, loud holidays to finish out December. And even more suitable that they encourage us to be together with friends and family. The longest, darkest weeks of the year are upon us, with the longest night of winter equinox, being around December 21st. We need the holidays as…

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WE PROMOTE TRADITIONAL VALUES

As a traditional Okinawan karate school, East Valley Martial Arts promotes time-honored values. These are the standards that any sensible and loving great-grandmother would have wished her offspring to learn. These principles would help her progeny to take control of living their own best lives. You don’t have to use words like “progeny” to be…

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Restraint with Chris

Here, Chris, and I discuss restraint and Dojo Kun number five. Last time, we talked about number four and respect. Chris is a respectful, intermediate adult karate practitioner. J: What’s the literal translation of Dojo Kun number five? C: It’s important to keep control over the fire that can rage in your blood. J: What…

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Traditions of Respect with Chris

Here, Chris gives his view on traditions of respect and Dojo Kun number four. Last time, we talked about number three and a will for striving. Chris is a nearly-to-his-ideal-weight intermediate adult karate student. J: Will you translate Dojo Kun number four? C: It’s important to take the traditions of respect seriously. J: So the…

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A Will for Striving with Chris

Here, Chris and I discuss a will for striving and Dojo Kun number three. Last time, we talked about number two and guarding the path of truth. Chris is an intermediate traditional karate student who spends a lot of time studying the kanji in the Dojo Kun. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo…

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Truth and Sincerity with Chris

This time, Chris, an adult karate student, will talk about truth and Dojo Kun number two. Last time, he discussed number one and human standards. Chris has trained in traditional karate for about a year and a half. J: What is the literal translation of Dojo Kun number two? C: It’s important to keep on,…

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Human Standards with Chris

We finally get to hear from an adult about human standards and the other Dojo Kuns. Chris is a laid-back family man. He has been in traditional karate for a year and a half. J: Chris, from talking with you, it sounds like you take the Dojo Kun’s meaning in Japanese literally. C: Yes, studying…

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