1. 10

    The heart of our karate is real fighting.There can be no proof without real fighting. Without proof there is no trust. Without trust there is no respect. This is a definition in the world of martial arts.

  2. 9

    Studying the martial Way is like climbing a cliff: keep going forward without rest. Resting is not permissible because it causes recessions to old adages of achievement. Persevering day in, day out improves techniques, but resting one day causes lapses. This must be prevented.

  3. 8

    Always remember that the true meaning of Budo is that soft overcomes hard, small overcomes large.

  4. 7

    The path of Martial Arts begins and ends with courtesy. So be genuinely polite on every occasion.

  5. 6

    Personal greed and egoism are things that cause human beings to forget respect for others and to violate rules that have been established for the sake of peace and friendship.

  6. 5

    One must try, everyday, to expand one's limits.

  7. 4

    Karate is not a game. It is not a sport. It is not even a system of self-defense. Karate is half physical exercise and half spiritual. The karateist who has given the necessary years of exercise and meditation is a tranquil person. He is unafraid. He can even be calm in a burning building.

  8. 3

    I realized that perseverence and step-by-step progress are the only ways to reach a goal along a chosen path.

  9. 2

    Human beings are capable of virtually limitless degradation; they are also capable of virtually limitless improvement and achievement. Success depends on goals and on diligence in pursuing them.

  10. 1

    If you have confidence in your own words, aspirations, thoughts, and actions and do your very best, you will have no need to regret the outcome of what you do. Fear and trembling are lot of the person who, while stinting effort, hopes that everything will come out precisely as he wants.

  11. Last Update: 4 February 2023

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