Club Philosophy

Master Gichin Funakoshi

Our club teaches traditional Shotokan karatedo. We follow the teachings of Master Gichin Funakoshi. Here are a few of his famous quotes that summarise our teaching philosophy:


"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."


"There is no first attack in karate."


"Karate begins and ends with courtesy."


Traditional karate teaches discipline, respect, and courtesy. It teaches that karate is studied so that you do not have to fight and to avoid conflicts using your brain rather than your physical skills. Karate is for defence only, hence the teaching, "there is no first attack in karate."


Anything worthwhile does not come quickly or easily. Karate falls into this category. We hope that by starting karate you all have aspirations to become a better person, gain some new friends, aspire to becoming a black belt, and then hopefully you will find a life-long love of the martial arts and carry on with it throughout your life. Every single one of you has the potential inside you to become a great karateka (student of karate). For some of you, it will come naturally and a bit more easily than for others, but the great thing about karate is that is for everyone. Some of you will struggle and have to try harder and longer to get things, but if you are persistent and practice, everyone can do it.


Karate ultimately is about perfecting your character. How does one perfect their character? Mostly we find our character is perfected when we are pushed and when we struggle. For example, keeping on going when you think you can go no further, completing a task when you think it is impossible, stopping and thinking before responding in anger to an event, learning to respect others... these are all things karate can and will teach you if you are open to learning these lessons.

Our philosophy is based on traditional karate values as stated in the Dojo Kun (morals of the dojo) shown below:


Dojo Kun


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 yashinau koto!
One! To foster the spirit of effort


Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto!
One! To honour the principals of etiquette!


Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto!
One! To guard against impetuous courage!


"I promise to uphold the true spirit of Karate-Do and never to use the skills I am taught against any persons, except for the defence of myself, family or friends in the instances of extreme danger or unprovoked attack, or in support of law and order."