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

6.)  The mind must be set free.

The Chinese philosopher, Shao Yung, said, “It is essential to lose the mind in order to set it free!”  His belief regarding the human mind was that the mind needs to...

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

5.)  Mentality Over Technique.

The fifth principle of Karate is “Mentality Over Technique.”  To illustrate this principle Master Funakoshi shares a story…

One day the famous 16th century swordmaster...

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

4.)  First know yourself, then know others.

There is a well known passage by Sun Tzu regarding Offensive Strategy in his book, THE ART OF WAR…

“When one knows the enemy and knows oneself, one will no...

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

3.)  Karate stands on the side of justice.

Justice is defined as fairness or that which is right. 

It is important for the Karateka to know right from wrong and to do that which is fair, reasonable a...

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

2.)  There Is No First Strike In Karate.

This principle as taught by Master Funakoshi may be one of the most misunderstood principles.

It is thought by many that a practitioner of Karate must never “...

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