(Adapted from Master Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

18.) Perform Kata Exactly; Actual Combat Is Another Matter

Kata have been at the center of Karate-do training from ancient times.  Over the years, numerous techniques and methods of every kin...

(Adapted from Master Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

17.) Kamae (Ready Stance) is For Beginners; Later, One Stands in Shizentai (Natural Stance)

All forms of martial arts have their own kamae…postures of preparedness or readiness.

Karate has a n...

(Adapted from Master Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

16.)  When You Step Beyond Your Own Gate, You Face A Million Enemies.

This 16th principle of Karate is echoed in the ancient proverb, “When a man crosses his threshold he has seven enemies.”

O...

(Adapted from Master Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

15.)  Think of the opponents hands and feet as swords.

This principle should be taken literally for a couple of reasons. 

First, since the hands and feet of the dedicated practitioner of karat...

Adapted from Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

14.)  The Outcome of a Battle Depends on How One Handles Emptiness and Fullness (Weakness and Strength).

As mentioned in Principle #13, Sun Tzu taught, “The form of an army should imitate water....

(Adapted from Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

13.)  Make Adjustments According to Your Opponent.

The famous strategist Sun Tzu wrote the following regarding “Fullness and Emptiness” in his work, The Art of War…

“The form of an army should imitat...

(Adapted from Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

12.)  Do Not Think Of Winning.  Think, Rather, Of Not Losing.

The 12th principle deals with one’s everyday mind-set.  To the outside observer, Karate is about fighting…about the physicality of...

(Adapted from Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

11.) Karate Is Like Boiling Water:  Without Heat, It Returns To Its Tepid State.

There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Learning through practice is like pushing a cart up a hill; if you slack off,...

(Adapted from Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

10.)  Apply The Way Of Karate To All Things.  Therein Lies Its Beauty.

One blow or one kick, given or taken, can mean life or death.  According to Master Funakoshi, “This concept forms the soul...

 (Adapted from Gichin Funakoshi’s Book, The Guiding Principles of Karate)

9.)  Karate Is A Lifelong Pursuit.

In the life of a karateka, there is no single point that marks the completion of karate training; there is always a higher level to be reached…new skills to maste...

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