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A list of 20 precepts of Gichin Funakoshi

  • Never forget that karate begins and ends with respect.
  • There is no first attack in karate.
  • Karate fosters righteousness.
  • First know yourself and then know others.
  • Rather than physical technique, mental technique.
  • Let your mind roam freely.
  • Inattention and neglect causes misfortune.
  • Never think that karate is practiced only in the dojo.
  • Karate is a life long pursuit.
  • Everything you encounter is an aspect of karate: find the marvelous truth there.
  • Karate is like boiling water: if you do not keep the flame high, it turns tepid.
  • Do not think about winning; think about not losing.
  • Respond in accordance to your opponent.
  • Wage the battle with natural strategy.
  • Regard your hands and feet as sharp swords.
  • Step out the door and you face 10,000 foes.
  • Learn various stances as a beginner but then rely on a natural posture.
  • The kata must always be practiced correctly: real combat is another matter.
  • Never forget your own strengths and weakness, the limitations of your body, and the relative quality of your techniques.
  • Continuously polish your mind.

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