Karate-ka are expected to exercise self-restraint and self-control. They are expected to show good judgment in avoiding placing themselves in situations where force is required.
A karate-ka must:
* not provoke a fight;
* refuse provocation by others to fight;
* leave the scene of a verbal confrontation without resorting to violence;
* use the minimum amount of force necessary for self-defence;
* discontinue all force at the earliest opportunity.
“Refrain from violent behaviour!” – Dojo Kun