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Values in Lund's Karate Club

We all help to make sure that every member is and feels welcome
We conduct our business according to the principles of JKA karate
With us, everyone is seen
Leads development forward
We work to be an example for other associations
A little history of karate and JKA
Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) is the father of Shotokan karate by further developing and spreading the style on Okinawa. At the beginning of the 20th century, he introduced Shotokan karate to Japan. The name Shotokan means "Shoto's building". Shoto was a pseudonym for Funakoshi and Shotokan was thus from the beginning the name of his dojo!
Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama, born into a samurai family and Master Funakoshi's student, further developed karate. The Japan Karate Association (JKA) was officially established in 1948 with Master Gichin Funakoshi as "Chief Instructor Emeritus" and Sensei Masatoshi Nakayama as "Technical Director".
For JKA, karate is not just a sport, but it is a martial art whose purpose is to harmonize body and soul to achieve balance, strength, endurance, patience - to achieve complete self-confidence and control.
Master Funakoshi Gichin's Twenty Precepts
Before founding the JKA, Master Funakoshi Gichin set forth the Twenty Precepts of Karate, which form its foundation. In these twenty principles, based on Bushido and Zen, lies the philosophy behind JKA:

1. Never forget: karate begins with rei and ends with rei (Rei means politeness or respect and is represented in karate by bowing)
2. In karate you don't attack without being attacked
3. Karate supports righteousness
4. Understand yourself first, before trying to understand others
5. The art of developing the mind is more important than the art of using technology
6. The mind must be allowed to develop freely
7. Problems come from carelessness
8. Don't think that karate only belongs in the dojo
9. Practicing karate takes a lifetime learning to master karate takes a lifetime
10. Turn everything into karate; herein lies its strength 
11. Real karate is like warm water; it cools down if you don't keep it warm
12. Don't think about winning; you have to think about not losing
13. Adapt to the opponent
14. How the battle goes depends on one's self-control
15. Imagine your arms and legs as swords
16. Once you leave the shelter of home, there are millions of enemies
17. Poses are for the beginner; later they become natural postures
18. Do the kata correctly; a real fight is another matter
19. Do not forget to check the dynamics of the force, the elasticity of the body and the speed of the technique
20. Always be good at applying everything you learn


Five Dojo Rules
Highly rated instructors within the JKA created the Five Dojo Rules, which all karateka at the JKA must learn by heart. At each training session in the dojo, students kneel in seiza and repeat these five precepts aloud. This ritual reminds students of the right attitude, mental attitude and virtues to strive for both inside and outside the dojo:

1. Strive for a perfect character
2. Be sincere
3. Always do your best
4. Respect others
5. Develop your self-control

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