These are the guiding principles of shotokan karate and are recited at the end of most classes.
Seek Perfection of Character. (This means try to be the best person you can be. Try to be polite, considerate, patient, and kind.)
Be Faithful. (This means to be true to yourself. Do not let others influence you to do what you do not want to do.)
Endeavor to Excel. (This means to try your best in everything you do: sports, school, and your everyday life.)
Respect Others. (This means to treat others with courtesy and respect.)
Refrain From Violent Behaviour. (This means don’t fight. Karate students are expected to find alternatives to fighting when dealing with conflict.)