are all who practice , and the practice of is available to anyone and everyone. At Kōkkikan Dōjō, all are welcome, and all are encouraged to approach their practice following the guiding principles of (spirit), (focus), and (full spirit, true victory).

Kokoro (Heart, Mind, Spirit)

Karate senpai fastening bōgu helmet on student in seiza

, with no direct English translation, embodies heart, mind and spirit. The blend of these three attributes, , rests at the core of .

is integral to develop the character of the ; without , the practice of will be incomplete and empty. Only when true is experienced and applied will the begin to fully understand and realize true .

決め Kime (Focus)

, in the context of , loosely translates as "focus". In terms of technique, it's the brief endpoint of coordinated muscle contraction, timed with breath, mental focus and spirit. It’s a moment of "definitive decisiveness", to optimize the execution of a technique and the expression of energy.

As a guiding principle of practice, it's the determination and resolve toward one's practice, to approach it with dedication, persistency, and consistency. strive to practice with pure, undistracted, physical, mental and spiritual focus.

一撃必殺 Ichigeki Hissatsu (Full Spirit, True Victory)

The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. Gichin Funakoshi –
Founder of Shōtōkan Karate

is an old (martial technique) proverb that means “one strike, certain kill”. Kōkkikan Dōjō follows this concept in terms of (martial way), and interprets the meaning as “full spirit, true victory”. This guiding principle can be thought as a product of and , and can be applied directly to the practice of and to everyday life.


先生 Sensei (Teachers)

(teachers) transmit and pass down knowledge of the practice of both in technique and otherwise. At Kōkkikan Dōjō, sensei are who have attained the rank of (1st degree black belt) and above.


先輩 Senpai (Senior Students)

(senior students) are that have been studying for an extended period of time. At Kōkkikan Dōjō, are who have attained the rank of (green belt) up to (brown belt).


後輩 Kōhai (Junior Students)

Karate sensei tying belt of young karate student

(junior students) are beginner , either new to the practice, or those that have been practicing for a short time. At Kōkkikan Dōjō, are from white to orange belt.

Obi (Belts)

As students progress, they will be given the opportunity to test for advancement in rank, following the traditional colored belt system of the All-Japan Karatedō Federation (JKF) Renbukai.


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