Sensei Gichin Funakoshis' guiding principles
  • Do not forget that Karate begins and ends with Rei.

  • There is no first strike in Karate.

  • Karate stands on the side of justice.

  • First know yourself, then know others.

  • Mentality over technique.

  • The mind must be set free.

  • Calamity springs from carelessness.

  • Karate goes beyond the Dojo.

  • Karate is a life-long pursuit.

  • Apply the way of Karate to all things, therein lies its beauty.

  • Karate is like boiling water, without heat, it returns to its tepid state.

  • Do not think of winning, think rather of not losing.

  • Make adjustments according to your opponent.

  • The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (Weakness and Strength)

  • Think of ones hands and feet as swords.

  • When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies.

  • Kamae (ready stance) is for beginners, later, one stands in Shizentai (natural stance)

  • Perform Kata exactly, actual combat is another matter.

  • Do not forget with the employment or withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique.

  • Be constantly mindful, diligent and resourceful in you pursuit of the way.