- Written by Motoo Yamakura
All of life is sacred and I will always respect the sanctity of life.
I will use karate only to defend myself and others
and only use the amount of force necessary
to preserve my life and that of others.
The ultimate goal of karate is to achieve
balance and harmony with the universe
and to realize one's fullest potential
to contribute to humankind
through the development of mind, body and spirit.
True karate practitioners
will strengthen their hands to lift those who have fallen,
no matter how low.
As a karateka I will always strive to have an open mind
and realize that tolerance and diversity
form the seedbed where creative intelligence and genius will thrive.
As a karateka, I will apply the lessons learned on the dojo floor
to my daily life and always strive to treat every person I meet
with decency and respect, irrespective of their views or positions in life.
As a martial artist I will strive to always be aware
of what is good and what is right,
and to use my skills to promote peace and respect for all of humankind.