Kitten, who nervously enters the karate school, or dojo, for the first time, is unsure if she belongs in karate. Her Sensei, a white crane, eases her worry by introducing her to karate through the practice’s principles.
Through Kitten’s experiences, the rhyming story delivers a message that these values, mixed with a person’s grit, are even more powerful than karate’s kicks and punches.
A picture book for children, Kitten and the Dojo Code revolves around the important principles of karate: modesty, courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit. It communicates that anyone can develop these important character traits, not only on the dojo floor, but in every aspect of life.