One. Seek Perfection of Character
One. Defend the Path of Truth
One. Strive to Excel
One. Be Courteous
One. Refrain from Violence
As you read the kun you should notice something. Each line begins with the
number 1. Why you ask? Why not 1, 2, 3, etc.? Well, Funakoshi sensei felt that no
item of the kun was any more important than another. Therefore, each item
was number 1.
You should read and study the kun. As you do, you will come to understand it
better each and every time you read it.