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(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...
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...
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.”
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....