Dojo Kune & Tips

Dojo Kune (RyuTe style)

  1. To strive for good moral character.

  2. To keep an honest and sincere way.

  3. To cultivate perseverance, or a will for striving.

  4. To develop a respectful attitude.

  5. To restrain your physical abilities by spiritual attainment.

Guiding Principles

  1. When asking to be taught, be submissive and free from prejudice.  Accept this teachings as shown.  In this way you will not establish your own peculiarities or bad habits.

  2. Be polite to the master and other superiors.  Be courteous among fellow students and followers.  You must strive to develop humbleness.

  3. Cultivate a spirit of perseverance.  You will develop a healthy body if you have strength of mind and train fearlessly.

  4. Strive to be a warrior for the construction of a peaceful and free world by using the character building, morality, and spirituality contained in the way of karate.

  5. In daily conduct do not encourage fights or arguments.

  6. Move from easy to difficult, and from simple to complicated.  More time is required to train longer and harder as you progress.  Do not hurry or engage in senseless or reckless practice.  Develop gradually.

  7. Become familiar with the use of the makiwara and other training equipment.  Train yourself to use your hands, body, and positions.  Be patient and study earnestly the katas and matches.  No not aim for hurried success.

  8. In the past a single kata was studied for three years.  A long time ago a particular master analyzed a single kata for ten years.  Do not think you have mastered a kata and become proud of your success.  Pride will lead you to hurt your achievement in virtue and technique.  Thus, pride can be like a poison to the world.

  9. Take care not to develop only your favorite technique, neglecting others, because that will leave a weakness in your defense.  Be cautious about becoming too theoretical or technical because these, too, are weaknesses.

  10. Ask questions freely of the master or superior because you must strive to understand what you are learning.

The 18 Principles of Winning

  1. The Principle of Setups
    a) Set yourself up to win both mentally and physically through rigorous physical and mental training
    b) Set up your opponent with verbal and nonverbal communications.
    c) Set up the judges and referee by exhibiting the attitude of a winner.

  2. The Principle of Positioning
    a) Position yourself for mobility.
    b) Position yourself for the best defensive capability.
    c) Position yourself for the best offensive capability.
    d) Position yourself for the right psychological attitude.

  3. 3) The Principle of Independent Movement
    a) Make all movement independent.
    b) Do not telegraph your intent.
    c) Avoid premeditated combinations.

  4. The Principle of Initial Speed
    a) Explode into your leading offensive techniques.
    b) Explode into your defensive techniques.
    c) Push off to gain maximum speed and penetration with your opening techniques.

  5. The Principle of Attack Lines
    a) Attack your opponent along his inside line.
    b) Attack your opponent on his middle line.
    c) Attack your opponent along his line.

  6. The Principle of Bridging the Gap
    a) Use certain methods to advance into striking range.
    b) Advance to the point at which you are able to kick your opponent.
    c) Advance to the point at which you are able to punch your opponent.

  7. The Principle of Simplicity of Technique
    a) Pick three to five techniques and learn them well.
    b) Avoid fancy, difficult techniques.
    c) Rely on the basics and apply the principles.

  8. The Principle of Motion Economy
    a) Conserve motion by using straight lines.
    b) Economize motion by attacking with the closest weapon to the target.
    c) Use direct angles for attack and defense.

  9. The Principle of Relaxation
    a) Relax your body to conserve your limited supply of energy.
    b) Relax with each technique to increase your speed.
    c) Relax your body to increase your power.

  10. The Principle of Mobility
    a) Use your footwork patterns to cover distance.
    1) Basic stepping
    2) Switch stepping
    3) Shuffling
    4) Hopping
    5) Creeping
    b) Apply your footwork in three directions.
    1) Vertical
    2) Horizontal
    3) Arcing
    c) Do everything while your body is in motion.
    1) Strike while in motion.
    2) Defend while in motion.
    3) Fake your opponent while in motion.

  11. The Principle of Reach
    a) Extend to the limit of your reach.
    b) Hyperextend by sliding forward a bit as you execute a maneuver.
    c) Double hyperextend by skipping or hopping forward then sliding forward as you execute your technique.

  12. The Centerline Principle
    a) Attack the many targets found on your opponent's centerline.
    b) Expect attack when you open your centerline.
    c) Bring all your body weapons to bare by angling your centerline.

  13. The Principle of Straight Lines
    a) Gain extra power by attacking in straight lines.
    b) Take the shortest route to the nearest target.
    c) Gain speed by attacking with straight lines.

  14. The Principle of Faking
    a) Fake with your hips, body, and shoulders.
    b) Fake to scare your opponent into moving.
    c) Fake to destroy your opponent's timing.

  15. The Principle of Constant Forward Pressure
    a) Apply forward movement to keep your opponent on the defensive.
    b) Use aggressive body language.
    c) Exert constant mental pressure to keep your mind in the fight and your opponent on the run.

  16. The Principle of Timing
    a) Attack him before he can move.
    b) Attack him as he moves.
    c) Attack him after he moves.

  17. The Principle of Angles of Attack
    a) Attack your opponent with direct angles.
    b) Attack your opponent with oblique angles.
    c) Attack your opponent with deceptive angles.

  18. The Principle of Broken Rhythm
    a) Mix up your targets and strike your opponent in low, middle, and high areas.
    b) Vary the rhythm of your movements between passive and active.
    c) Change the motion of your body. Mix forward and backward motions in unpredictable patterns.
    d) Alternate the speed of your techniques.  Mix slow and fast attacks to throw off your opponent's timing.
    e) Mix faking and attacking.
    f) Change your attitude from passive to aggressive.
    g) Switch your line of attack from inside to outside, and back again.
    h) Mix relaxation and tension to throw off your opponent.