Shotokan is known for its linear movements. Shotokan Karate is much more than a form of self defense. It is a discipline which stresses respect for others, calmness, and perfection of character. Through kata students learn blocks, strikes, kicks, and punches that, when combined, offer a formidable system of self defense. Funikoshi stressed that the use of karate is for self defense. He said, "There is no first attack in karate." This means the karate practitioner never attacks first; Karate is used for defense. Funikoshi also said, "Karate begins and ends with courtesy.
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1. Karate-do begins and ends with courtesy.
2. There is no first attack in
3. Karate is an aid
4. First know
yourself before attempting to know others.
5. Spirit first,
6. Always be ready
to release your mind.
7. Accidents arise
8. Do not think
that karate training is only in the dojo.
9. It will take
your entire life to learn karate, there is no limit.
10. Put your
everyday living into karate and you will find "Myo" (subtle
11. Karate is like
boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
12. Do not think
that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.
13. Victory depends
on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from
14. The outcome of
the battle depends on how you handle weakness and strength.
15. Think of your
opponents hands and feet as swords.
16. When you leave home,
think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.
17. Beginners must
master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the
18. Practicing a
kata exactly is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.
19. Do not forget to
correctly apply: strength and weakness of power,
stretching and contraction of the body, and slowness and
speed of techniques.
20. Always think and devise ways to live the precepts of karate-do every day.