Karate’s forefathers developed a set of rules for Karate, known as the Dojo Kun, which stress the importance of the behavior that is both expected of, and developed by, those who train in Karate.


At Total Shotokan Karate, especially in our kids classes, we do focus on these principles. We seek to develop good human beings who aim to perfect their own character and there we encourage and expect them to show integrity, honesty, loyalty, effort, hardwork, respect, courtesy, consideration and control of their behaviour.

However, it is important to remember this quote from Yasuhiro Konishi (founder of Shindo Jinenryu Karate)

“Karate aims to build character, improve human behavior, and cultivate modesty; it does not, however, guarantee it.”

Gichin Funakoshi, Shotokan’s founder also developed the 20 precepts of Karate, known as the Niju Kun.