10 Dojo Rules Expanded

In my very first karate class, we all sat on our knees with our legs folded under us. Our hands on our knees and back straight. Sensei Takahata, our instructor, had each of us read out loud one of the 10 rules of the dojo. Each rule was on a large piece of poster board at the front of the classroom under the mirrors lining the wall we were facing. This was repeated at the beginning of every class. They were written by my teacher’s Sensei, the Okinawan Master Seikichi Toguchi, years before. They were posted and memorized by thousands of students at many schools for decades. Still today all of my students recite these basic rules of how to behave in class and study martial arts. They are also

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