(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....