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  Philosophy is at the very core of traditional karate-do.  Even during the formative years of the art, when it was a practical necessity for self-defense or for use in the karate-ka's vocation as a palace guard or other government official, a person might only have to use the combative skills of karate-do once or twice in a lifetime.  The rest of the time, karate-do was useful chiefly as a source of personal discipline and a character-building philosophy of life.  It is for this reason that karate-jutsu (the Art of Karate) was eventually transformed into karate-do (the Karate Way of Life). 

In the 21st century, most people will still need to use karate-do in self-defense once or twice in a lifetime, at most.  Instead, its primary value continues to be the development of a disciplined lifestyle and a character-driven philosophy of life.  To help Karate Web Dojo visitors understand the philosophy of traditional karate-do, we have provided the following philosophical information:

  • An explanation of the Seishin-Kan Dojo Kun (Code of the Dojo).
  • An explanation of genuine respect.
  • An explanation of true personal discipline.
  • The appropriate function of religion in the practice of karate-do.
  • The importance of symbolism in the martial arts.
  • An archive of past articles illustrating philosophical principles.
  • The topic-of-the-month article illustrating martial arts philosophy.
  • An explanation of Bunbu Ryodo -- the relationship of culture and martial arts.

We encourage you to make use of this information to enhance your knowledge and understanding of traditional karate-do.  We also encourage you to tell us what we can do to make this site even more beneficial and meaningful to you.  Please take the time to sign our guest book, visit our karate discussion forum, or send us an email to give us your suggestions.

Make this your place.  Connect with other members of the martial arts community.  And together let's develop the bonds of peace and brotherhood that are the goal of every legitimate martial artist.

 

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