Over your heart
A declaration of your loyalty.
It is often the custom in a karate dojo for their crest to be worn on the upper left side of a students gi. The dojo crest can vary in shape, size, and colour. Within the body of the crest might be found, images, symbols, words, and or kanji, which when combined together will form a visual representation unique to that particular organization.
This crest may represent a small dojo, which is unaffiliated with any local, or international karate organization. On the other hand, the dojo crest may represent a much larger organization, headed by a well-known Master who has his main dojo, and affiliated dojos around the world. If this is the case, then that dojo crest will likely be recognizable world-wide, and represent an organization whose global enrolment of students could easily number into the hundreds of thousands, or more.
Regardless of a dojos, affiliation, or style, by wearing your clubs crest close to your heart you too can help to keep alive a tradition that is practiced by karate-ka the world over.
Remember: "Your crest is more than just an image, it says, this is my karate family".