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Do what’s right

By Shotokan Karate Leadership School in Santa Rosa, CA

Niju Kun #3 – One who practices karate must follow the way of justice.

This is the third of 20 precepts of Master Gichin Funakoshi, the Father of Modern-Day Karate. Master Funakoshi is known to millions of people around the world and is considered to be one of the three most important martial art masters of the 20th century.

ScalesJustice is doing what is right in the right way. To follow ‘the way of justice’ means to do what you do daily with the intent of doing the right thing in the right way.

Justice is most needed in difficult situations where the right thing is not easily known.

How do you apply justice in these situations? Well, you would start by quieting yourself and then asking ‘what is the right thing to do?’ Then be still and listen for the answer, an idea will come to you, that is what you should do.

Conflict Resolution for KidsYou are learning this when you strive to perform your techniques as close to the ideal as possible. Every time you train you will be taking another step to having a clear understanding of the difference between right and wrong. And you will have formed the habit of searching for what is right and doing it in the right way.

So now, when you are pressed to choose between one action or another, you will more easily choose to follow the way of justice.

“The most profound thing the dojo has given me is a sanctuary. I always look forward to training and always leave feeling better. I am challenged in ways more than just physical. I have become a more humble human being. I feel accepted and respected by all my peers and this has brought me great happiness.”

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