PMA honors the 3-2-1 date in history

We teach attitudes first.

On March 2, 1981 the PMA dedicated its new name Pacific Martial Arts, its crest shown above, and its conduct code of behavior and attitudes. The code has been used by many students over the years to be a guide for them not just in the dojo but in their daily lives. It is basically twelve points of behavior that is much like the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The karate teachers also encourage the younger students in the regular karate classes to understand the meanings behind the various parts and how to relate it the physical training of self defense, kicks and punches. This Friday we honor the 37th anniversary of the dedication ceremony which was held at Westminster Church Theater in Point Loma. About 125 guests were present as the students did various demonstrations and introduced the reading of the code. Our school used to be known as the San Diego Academy of Karate. The old crest also had the traditional pine tree which loosely stands for mental and physical flexibility. The actual words of the conduct code were formulated and chosen by the students of that era to reflect the goals and mission of the school.

The code is often read aloud during the year at special events like the winter and summer camps, at awards days, at black belt ceremonies, and most often just at a regular karate class. Students from past days who get in touch with us on email or visits often tell of how the conduct code played such a positive role in their daily lives. We often refer to the special day as 3-2-1 which is short for third month, 2nd day of 1981.  Thank you founding students for a truly great legacy.
Pacific Martial Arts

This code of conduct was developed on March 2, 1981 by the students of Pacific Martial Arts to meet their need for a philosophy behind the training. The students foresaw problems that would develop during training and the need to keep harmony.


  • show respect and tolerance to all people
  • give and receive criticisms in a positive manner
  • accept responsibility for teaching others and share knowledge of Karate-do
  • welcome actively and assist new students in the dojo
  • exhibit a positive personality in the dojo through a clear mind concept by leaving personal problems, unpleasant moods and emotions outside the dojo
  • allow each person a sense of dignity and worth
  • have open dialogue between all belt levels and with the instructors
  • respect the symbolisms and history of the Pacific Martial Arts while realizing that your outside conduct and achievements reflect on the whole dojo
  • train with consistency and dedication
  • avoid speaking negatively of any student or the instructor and discuss any misunderstandings in a direct, courteous manner with the person involved
  • give loyalty to the instructor and the dojo in the same sincere way you will expect to receive loyalty from future students
  • fulfill duties and service to the dojo unselfishly and willingly


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