Karate-do (the Way of Karate) is a martial art for the development of character through training.
This is equally as important as trying to master the physical techniques of karate.
It involves an empty handed form of self defence which makes use of the arms and legs combined with body movements to control an opponent as if one were using actual weapons.
Persistent regular training accumulated over a number of decades will make this possible.

Dojo Kun
The Dojo Kun serves as a set of five guiding principles intended to frame the practice of karate-do within an ethical context. These principles encourage the practitioner to:

Seek perfection of character
Be faithful to a cause
Respect others
Refrain from violent behaviour

Dojo etiquette
The dojo (training hall) is where serious study of karate takes place. It must be treated with respect at all times.

1. Arrive early in order to start on time, and to make sure that the dojo is in a suitable state for training (chairs and tables moved away, floor clean etc.). 
2. Keikogi (karate training suits) must be worn and kept clean and in good repair. No idle chatter or offensive behaviour is allowed in the dojo or when the karate uniform is worn.
3. No sharp objects/jewellery may be worn (pins, rings etc.).
4. Fingernails and toenails should be kept short and well trimmed.
5. Perform a standing or kneeling bow (rei) towards the front (Shomen) before entering or leaving the dojo.
6. You are not allowed to enter or leave the dojo once the class has started without the permission of the instructor.
7. Always call your instructor “Sensei” (teacher) or address him/her by title (eg. Mr., Mrs. etc.) and bow before and after approaching him/her.
8. Always bow before and after approaching each other or during practice with a partner. 
9. No talking is allowed without permission from the instructor. 
10. No instruction or help is to be given to another student without permission from the instructor. 
11. No contact is allowed when punching, kicking or striking without permission from both the instructor and your partner.
12. Always respect your seniors (eg. if you have asked a senior karateka to teach you a technique, it is a good idea to let him/her terminate the instruction).
13. Apply yourself diligently, and when not practicing sit properly at the back and watch attentively. 
Pre-training exercises
Before the class make sure that all your muscles and joints are supple in order to avoid injury.
Get yourself into a proper frame of mind for training.

Post-training exercises
After the class stretch your muscles and joints so that your body has a chance to recover gradually.
Retain your mental composure.

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