The JIKC OPENING CLASS CEREMONY is unique. It is one of the most significant aspects of the JIKC KARATE training

program.As the body influences the mind, so the mind influences the body, and it is this opening class ceremony with sets

thepace or determines the success of one's training effort for that day. It is the final step in warming up the mind.


THE PURPOSE OF THE JIKC CLASS CEREMONY


* To create spirit and enthusiasm among students and instructors.

* To promote class unity.

* To empty the mind of all negative thinking and prepare for new learning.


This purpose is achieved when everyone, in unity and with initiative to volunteer, repeats aloud showing enthusiasm

and an unselfish spirit.


The class lines up and sits in seiza, a formal sitting position. The instructor will prompt you for each of the following.

You should volunteer to announce the response (in bold) by raising your hand and saying "Osu!"


The Purpose of Seiza:

Orderliness and humbleness to the mind and body.


The Purpose of Mokuso: (Eyes closed for concentration. This is called mokusou. It minimizes distractions.)

Warming up the mind for training hard.


The Purpose of JIKC Karate Training:

Not to conquer others, but to conquer the weaknesses within oneself.


The JIKC Dojo Kun (Precepts)


* Uphold the principles of propriety and courtesy

* Cultivate the spirit of effort

* Perfect a mind of patience

* Live the way of truth

* Do not lose self-control or act in a violent manner


THREE BASIC FACTORS FOR MENTAL STRENGTH


* Seriousness

* Try Hard

* Never Give Up


THREE BASIC FACTORS FOR MENTAL ATTITUDE


* Initative

* Responsibilty

* Pride


THREE BASIC FACTORS FOR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS


* Appreciate

* Consideration

* Unity


SHOMEN NI, REI!: The bow to the front of the dojo is to indicate respect for learning, respect for the precepts, and our

commitment to do our best.


OTAGAI NI, REI!: The bow between instructors and students indicates respect for each other and the promise to learn from

each other. A student

learns to become a better student, and an instructor learns to become a better instructor.


AN INVITATION: The JIKC training center for the development of mind and body is called a DOJO. JIKC dojo welcomes

anyone who can appreciate the values of the principles expressed in the opening ceremony.


WHY NOT BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU TO YOUR NEXT CLASS!


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