20 MARTIAL KYOKUN (PRECCEPTS) OF GICHIN FUNAKOSHI
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20 martial Kyokun's (precepts) of master Funakoshi
- Rei at the beginning, rei at the end.
- There is no first attack in karate.
- Karate is at the service of fairness.
- First to know yourself, to know others.
- The intention is more important than the gesture.
- The mind must be free.
- Calamity is the daughter of non-vigilance.
- “Karatetize” everything.
- Karate training is a lifelong pursuit.
- The Way of Karate is found in everything.
- Like boiling water, karate loses its ardor if it is not sustained by a flame.
- Don't be obsessed with winning; rather think about not losing.
- Adjust your position according to the opponent.
- The art of combat depends on your way of managing the solids and voids (strengths and weaknesses).
- Think of the opponent's hands and feet as swords.
- Step out of your house and a million enemies are waiting for you.
- Kamae for beginners, natural posture for seniors.
- In kata, seek perfection; the actual combat is another matter.
- Know how to distinguish the hard from the soft, the contraction of the extension of the body and know how to modulate the speed of execution of your techniques.
- You who walk the Way, never let your mind wander, be diligent and skilful, always remain creative.