No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt— Miyamoto Musashi
Useful Martial Arts quotations
Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused.
Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.
Fighting is a sport; if you're not humble it's going to bring humbleness to you.
The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.
Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.
The ideal in Martial Arts is humanitarianism. Accomplishment uses diligence as a goal.
The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things.
Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man.
The purpose of the study of judo is to perfect yourself and to contribute to society.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water.
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.
No one will hit you harder than life itself.
It doesn't matter how hard you hit back. It's about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That's how you win.
The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.
True strength is not always shown through victory.
Stand up, try again and display strength of heart.
For the choke, there are no "tough guys".
With an arm lock he can be tough and resist the pain. With the choke he just passes out, goes to sleep.
The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.
Jiu Jitsu is a mousetrap. The trap does not chase the mouse. But when the mouse grabs the cheese, the trap plays its role.
Seek perfection of character. Be faithful. Endeavor. Respect others. Refrain from violent behaviour.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
The Jiu Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong.
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.
I am a shark, the ground is my ocean, and most people can't even swim.
Our fears don't stop death, they stop life.
If there is effort, there is always accomplishment.
One must try, everyday, to expand one's limits.
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.
Spirit first, technique second.
The path of Martial Arts begins and ends with courtesy. So be genuinely polite on every occasion.
Always remember that the true meaning of Budo is that soft overcomes hard, small overcomes large.
Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.
There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist.
A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I’m a martial artist. I don’t train for a fight. I train for myself. I’m training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection.
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.
Judo helps us to understand that worry is a waste of energy.
I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.