Quotes

"A punch should stay like a treasure in the sleeve.
It should not be used indiscrimately."
Master Chotoku Kyan

"There is no first strike in Karate."
Master Gichin Funakoshi

"Karate-Do is a lifetime study."
Master Kenwa Mabuni

"Those things in life that we find the hardest to do, are the things we are the most thankful we did."
Annette Ueckert

"Seek safety in the heart of danger"
Sensei Steve

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."
Yoda

"Daniel-san! Daniel-san! It okay lose to opponent, must not lose to fear!"
Mr. Miyagi The Karate Kid

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

"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."
Sun Tsu The Art of War

"Boards -- don't hit back."
Bruce Lee

"Karate is not about winning. It's about not losing."
Master Shigetoshi Senaha

"Tight fist good: broken hand bad"
Sensei Allan

"Karate is for life, not points."
David Walker

"Karate begins and ends with respect."
Master Anko Itosu

"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."
Master Gichin Funakoshi

"There are two rules for being successful in Martial Arts.
 Rule 1: Never tell others everything you know."
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"a one sided martial artist is a blind martial artist"
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"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class."
Choi, Hong Hi (Founder of Taekwon-Do)

"He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position" 
Ed Parker

"A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude."
Rick English

"It is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true progress."
Okakura Kakuzo

"The art of the sword consists of never being concerned with victory or defeat, with strength or weakness, of not moving one step forward, nor one step backward, or the enemy not seeing me and my not seeing the enemy. Penetrating to that which is fundamental before the separation of heaven and earth where even yin and yang cannot reach, one instantly attains proficiency in the art."
Takuan

"A Man Who Has Attained Mastery of An Art Reveals It in His Every Action."
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"Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu:

  • Move quickly
  • Sound, calm mind
  • Be light in body
  • Have a clever mind
  • Master the basics"
    Gogen Yamaguchi

"The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions."
Miyamoto Musashi

"Sword and mind must be united. Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough."  Yamada Jirokichi

"Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create."
Ed Parker, Grandmaster, American Kenpo

"The fastest draw is when the sword never leaves the scabbard, The strongest way to block, is never to provoke a blow,
And the cleanest cut is the one withheld."
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"Karate is a defensive art from beginning to end. " 
Gichin Funakoshi

"Knowledge does not grow like a tree where you dig a hole, plant your feet, cover them with dirt, and pour water on them daily. Knowledge grows with time, work, and dedicated effort. It cannot come by any other means."
Ed Parker

"The Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) were conquered and united into one kingdom. To insure his rule, the king confiscated and banned possession of weapons by people other than his troops. A second ban on weapons was instituted by Japanese conquerors approximately 200 years later. These two incidents are generally credited as the cause for the intense development of the empty handed fighting techniques..." 
Special Forces (USA) manual ST 31-204

"My instructor once told me that the first five dan ranks come for what you've gotten out of the system, the next ranks come for what you've given back."
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"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."
Gichin Funakoshi

"When pure knuckles meet pure flesh, that's pure Karate, no matter who executes it or whatever style is involved."
Ed Parker

"When two tigers fight, one is certain to be maimed, and one to die."
Master Funakoshi

"1-2 out of every 100 students reach Black Belt and of those only 1 out of every 1,000 achieves his 2nd Dan".
Masutatsu Oyama, This is Karate.

The Time to Strike is When the Opportunity Presents Itself." 
6th Code of Isshinryu Karatedo

"Hoping to see karate included in the universal physical education taught in our public schools, I set about revising the kata so as to make them as simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too. The karate that high school students practice today is not the same karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago [this book was written in 1956], and it is a long way indeed from the karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa."
Gichin Funakoshi, in his book "Karate-do: My Way of Life" (page 35-36)

"The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything." 
Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)

"The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many; that which has been learned well by one generation can be passed on to a hundred."
Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo  (1860-1938)

"Follow not in the footsteps of the masters, but rather seek what they sought"
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