1. 10

    When you look at life think in terms of karate. But remember that karate is not only karate -- it is life.

  2. 9

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

  3. 8

    Spirit first, technique second.

  4. 7

    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.

  5. 6

    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.

  6. 5

    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.

  7. 4

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

  8. 3

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

  9. 2

    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.

  10. 1

    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.

  11. Last Update: 6 December 2022

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