The Shape - The circle represents constant and never ending improvement. The black and yellow is the black belt students over seeing the beginner students. Many times a martial artist will come full circle meaning that once they get to the black belt level they start helping beginners improve their skills which better helps the black belt student to solidify what he/she has learned.
The Stars - The stars represent the past, the present and the future.The present is colored red to stand out that you are HERE. The past is history and the future is a mystery. Live now.
The Kanji characters - The kanji characters translate to "Dojo" which means "a place to learn the arts". It can also be read as "a path leading the way."
Blue and Gray - The Blue represent water(power). Water is considered to be very powerful. It can take on many shapes and forms. It can be very calm or extremely violent. The gray represents knowledge. Gray matter is a term used in medicine to refer to the brain. In the martial arts we refer to the "Scholar" and the "Warrior". Meaning knowledge and power.
The tick marks - If you look closely you will see the four tick marks of a compass. North, South, East and West. The Kanji characters are in the Eastern hemisphere of the patch to symbolize the origin of the martial arts of the Eastern world. The Red, White and Blue are in the Western hemisphere to honor the United States or the Western world.
The Kicker - The kicker is intentionally colored white because it symbolizes a blank canvas. The blank canvas is where all priceless works of art began. Remember to begin with the end in mind. What do you want your masterpiece to look like when you are finished?