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

8.)  Karate Goes Beyond The Dojo.

How we live our day-to-day lives should be consistent with how we train in the karate dojo.  We work hard at being our best in the dojo.  Through focused effort we s...

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

7.)  Calamity Springs From Carelessness

“Carelessness – a great enemy; the flames leap higher and higher.”

(Japanese proverb)

This principle, calamity springs form carelessness, can certainly be appli...

(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 “...

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

1.)  Do Not Forget That Karate-Do Begins and Ends With “Rei.”

To many outside observers the martial arts, Karate included, are about fighting…about trading blows with someone. 

The expectation is tha...

Martial artists who train long enough come to understand that the physical side of their training is only one part.

We learn that though it is important to develop our body to be strong, fast, and flexible it is equally important to train our mind and our spirit as well...

Nothing can be more nerve racking to a Martial Artist than knowing that you are grading for your next belt. Whether it is a first grading or for your black belt grading, the feeling is the same. Here are some things you can do to help prepare you for your grading.

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