We expect our students to conduct themselves outside the dojo with the same level of respect that we practice during classes. To exemplify the teachings as part of a whole life experience is important when learning a traditional art form such as the Ryukyu Kempo taught at Millennium Martial Arts. The five Dojo Kun that we teach our students in both English and Japanese contain rules that, when followed in all areas of life, lead to harmony with our surroundings.
- Strive for a good moral character
- Keep an honest and sincere way
- Cultivate a spirit of perseverance and a will for striving
- Develop a respectful attitude
- Restrain from physical aggression through spiritual attainment
Respect is taught through bowing, learning traditional ways of verbally interacting and social engagement. Our students are paired with students of higher and lower ranks, varying skills, strengths, weaknesses, fears, etc. They are taught to be sensitive to these differences…to be humble…to give help to those less able and to ask for help from those that can offer it. Respect for oneself and others is the essence of Karate-do, which can be interpreted not as the martial application of the art (Karate-jutsu) but rather the spirit or “way of the open hand.”