A Way of Life

Gichin Funakoshi was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1868 and the age of 11 began the to study traditional Okinawan Karate.  He eventually became a master himself and was invited to Tokyo to demonstrate Karate in 1922.  This eventually led to the creation and establishment of the Japan Karate Assocation. Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama was his principle student and the first headmaster of the JKA.

As Sensei Funakoshi progressed in his learning, Karate took on a deeper meaning than just the physical training of Karate.  He melded the physical training aspects of Karate with the more philosophical aspects of Japanese Budo. Karate-Do was born.

Master Funakoshi's philosophy can read about in his book Karate-Do: My Way of Life

"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants" - Ginchin Funakoshi



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Our Fundamental Principles

  • 、人格 完成に 努める こと
    • hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomoro koto
  • 、誠の道を守ること
    • hitotsu, makoto no michi wo mamoro koto
  • 、努力の精神を養うこと
    • hitotsu, doryoku no seishin wo yashinau koto
  • 、礼儀を重んずること
    • hitotsu, reigi wo omonzuru koto
  • 、血気の勇を戒むること
    • hitotsu, kekki no yū wo imashimuru koto


  • jinkaku kansei ni tsutomoro
    Seek Perfection of Character
    Jinkaku means 'Character'  Kansei means 'Full or complete' tsutomoro means to 'Seek or Strive For.' Seek or strive for a full or complete character.
  • makoto no michi wo mamor
    Be Faithful
    Mamoro means 'to defend.'  Michi means 'the path you live your life on.'  Makoto means 'Truthfulness and Sincerity.'  Defend your path of truthfulness and sincerity.
  • doryoku no seishin wo yashinau
    Doryoku means 'perseverance.'  Seishin means 'spirit.'  Yashinau means 'to cultivate'.  Cultivate the spirit of perseverance.
  • reigi wo omonzuru
    Respect Others
    Rei literally is the bow we perform in Karate.  Reigi embodies the principles of respect and etiquette.   Omonzuru means to honor.  Honor the principles of respect and etiquette.
  • kekki no yū wo imashimuru
    Refrain from Violent Behaviour
    Imashimuru is 'to be warned or to guard against.' Yu means 'courage' Kekki means 'blood and energy.' Guard against our anger.