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20 Lessons of Master Funakoshi

  • Karate begins and ends with courtesy.
  • There is no first attack in karate.
  • Karate must only be used for justice.
  • Know yourself first, and then know others.
  • The mind comes before the body.
  • Set the mind free.
  • Carelessness comes before accidents.
  • Karate is not only for the dojo.
  • Karate training is for a lifetime.
  • Put karate in everything you do.
  • Karate is like hot water turning cold.
  • Do not think that you have to win, but think that you do not have to lose.
  • Understand the difference between vulnerable and invulnerable points.
  • Move according to your opponent.
  • Think of your opponent's hands and feet as swords.
  • Once you leave home you have 1,000,000 enemies.
  • Kamae is for the beginner, Shizentai is for the advanced.
  • Kata done correctly will be different than combat.
  • Remember the light and heavy elements of kata.
  • Always think creatively.
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