Truth is our worship.
Form is our manifestation.
Peace is our shelter.
Nature is our companion.
Order is our attitude.
Beauty and perfection is our life.
by Joel Rodriguez
"We shall always practice and study. We shall always be humble and kind. We shall always be courteous. We shall always practice patience. We shall always believe that nothing is impossible. We shall discard the bad. We shall keep the good. We shall be loyal to ourselves, karate, family, community, and country. Love is our law. Truth is our worship. Form is our manifestation. Peace is our shelter. Nature is our companion. Order is our attitude. Beauty and perfection is our life."
This is the difference between an art form and a fighting system. This is what separates us from "Them". From those whose names shall not be mentioned and whose number is infinitesimally growing strong. This is what sets us apart from the barbaric traditions that have recently been televised for our viewing "pleasure" on pay-per-view. This is what divides the men from the boys.
It is the application of the Dojo Kun in one's life that makes an individual a martial artist instead of a fighter. This is what makes our Art an art form. For without it we would be nothing but empty vessels carrying out an empty tradition - which would be a tradition full of meaningless techniques; and I say empty without reference to the respectful Asian philosophies that "exist", or rather, "don't exist".
It is the very code we choose to live our lives by that gives meaning to what we practice and hold dear. And it is up to us to pass that along to the next generation, lest they be deceived in to believing "Their" misguided perceptions.
That is, Karate.