The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.

— Gichin Funakoshi

The most passioned Gichin Funakoshi quotes that are little-known but priceless

What you have been taught by listening to others' words you will forget very quickly; what you have learned with your whole body you will remember for the rest of your life.


True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.


Seek perfection of character. Be faithful. Endeavor. Respect others. Refrain from violent behaviour.


Once a kata has been learned, it must be practised repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergency, for knowledge of just the sequence of a kata in karate is useless.


No matter how you may excel in the art of Karate, and in your scholastic endeavors, nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life.


You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do.


Spirit first, technique second.


Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced.


When you look at life think in terms of karate.

But remember that karate is not only karate -- it is life.


You must be deadly serious in training.

When I say that, I do not mean that you should be reasonably diligent or moderately in earnest. I mean that your opponent must always be present in your mind, whether you sit or stand or walk or raise your arms.


Karate-do strives internally to train the mind to develop a clear conscience, enabling one to face the world honestly, while externally developing strength to the point where one may overcome even ferocious wild animals. Mind and technique become one in true karate.


Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei.


About Gichin Funakoshi

Quotes 52 sayings
Birthday November 10, 1868

Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.


Karate is like boiling water: without heat, it returns to it's tepid state


The spirit of karate practice and the elements of training are applicable to each and every aspect of our daily lives.


Remember that you must always have a deep regard for courtesy, and you must be respectful and obedient toward your seniors.


The correct understanding of Karate and its proper use is Karate-do.

One who truly trains in this do [way] and actually understands Karate-do is never easily drawn into a fight.


Students of any art, including Karate-do must never forget the cultivation of the mind and the body.


Only a true weakling is capable of true courage.


Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.


A student well versed in even one technique will naturally see corresponding points in other techniques. A upper level punch, a lower punch, a front punch and a reverse punch are all essentially the same. Looking over thirty-odd kata, he should be able to see that they are essentially variations on just a handful.


First know yourself, then know others.


There is no first strike in Karate.


Karate is a defensive art from beginning to end.


In karate, hitting, thrusting, and kicking are not the only methods, throwing techniques and pressure against joints are included … all these techniques should be studied referring to basic kata


Any man will be able, after sufficient practice, to accomplish remarkable feats of strength, but he may go only so far and no farther. There is a limit to human physical strength that no one can exceed.


One of the most striking features of karate is that it may be engaged in by anybody, young or old, strong or weak, male or female.


Don't pretend to be a great master and don't try to show off your strength.


When you leave your home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you (it is your behavior that invites trouble from them).


Karate is a technique that permits one to defend himself with his bare hands and fists without weapons.


Put Karate into your everyday living, that is how you will see true beauty.


Since karate is a martial art, you must practice with the utmost seriousness from the very beginning.


It is important that karate can be practiced by the young and old, men and women alike.


Success, cannot be attained alone. Any person's time and power is limited. A wise leader enlists others in working toward organizational goals.


When there are no avenues of escape or one is caught even before any attempt to escape can be made, then for the first time the use of self-defense techniques should be considered. Even at times like these, do not show any intention of attacking, but first let the attacker become careless. At that time attack him concentrating one's whole strength in one blow to a vital point and in the moment of surprise, escape and seek shelter and help.


The secret principle of martial arts is not vanquishing the attacker, but resolving to avoid an encounter before its occurrence. To become an object of an attack is an indication that there was an opening in one's guard, and the important thing is to be on guard at all times.


Try to do exactly as you are taught without complaining or quibbling.


In battle, do not think that you have to win. Think rather that you do not have to lose.


To practice kata is not to memorize an order.

Find the katas that work for you, understand them, digest them & stick with them for life.


Inner mental technique is more important than the physical one.


Always be ready to release your mind.


You must ignore the bad and adopt the good.


It is important that karate can be practiced by the young and old, men and women alike. That is, since there is no need for a special training place, equipment, or an opponent, a flexibility in training is provided such that the physically and spiritually weak individual can develop his body and mind so gradually and naturally that he himself may not even realize his own great progress.


One whose spirit and mental strength have been strengthened by sparring with a never-say-die attitude should find no challenge too great to handle. One who has undergone long years of physical pain and mental agony to learn one punch, one kick, should be able to face any task, no matter how difficult, and carry it through to the end. A person like this can truly be said to have learned karate.


The «way», who will pass it on straight and well?


When you are learning a new technique, practice it wholeheartedly until you truly understand it.


In time of grave public crisis, one must have the courage to face a million and one opponents.


Only through training will a person learn his own weaknesses.

.. He who is aware of his weaknesses will remain master of himself in any situation.


In the past, it was expected that about three years were required to learn a single kata, and usually even an expert of considerable skill would only know three, or at most five, kata.