. . and so it is that A Sensei may impart his knowledge of the martial Way and nurture your fighting abilities, but you must learn the wisdom of finding other ways than martial skills to solve your problems
An exceptional Sensei has traits such as patience and integrity. Otherwise, natural fighting ability, cruelty and aggressive behavior may be observed in most animal predators.
. . in Old Karate, you learned you Art through pain. You learned quickly that your techniques had to be fast or powerful or both. If you did not embrace pain and it’s lessons adequately, you simply did not survive
Better than money and fame, teaching martial arts to your children; giving them your time and confidence, is the best inheritance
Patience and Forgiveness are at the heart of A warrior’s success, they help engender necessary intervals of space and time to evaluate difficult encounters.
A karate practitioner should possess two things : wicked hands, and Buddha’s heart
Never strike out of anger if at all possible, this will give your enemy the advantage and strengthen his resolve and psyche
The Hand (Kara-Te) is the cutting edge of the Mind
True Martial Arts is universal, simple and practical. Anything else is too complex to be used in combat.
Real Martial Arts is Mathematics, Physics, Poetry; Meditation in Action
Karate is many things, but mainly it’s about synergy, ebb and flow, trial and error, action and reaction, rhythm of life, progress . . .
An open mind, is the best weapon, in the fight between light and darkness
. . . what matters in combat is adaptability, boldness and maintaining A cool exterior, whilst penetrating your enemy’s soul with An icy cold stare- Diary of A Combat Fiend
Karate is action, survival, living; hesitation is paralysis, reaction, mortality
The warrior guided by the spirit serves humanity, the warrior without, serves the ego
If you wish to break with tradition, learn your craft well, and embrace adversity
. . as A martial arts teacher, we should never forget the first time we stepped onto the Dojo ground, remembering this, we will be better equipped to teach the next generation of Karate practitioners
. . . the sole aim of Okinawa Karate is to teach A person to handle violence and violent individuals; whether it is tactile, mental or spiritual
. . . most martial artists want to know how A technique is done, A seasoned Sensei will demonstrate why
The essence of warrior traits are demonstrated by : integrity with self, and honesty with others
Any self-defense situation has the potential to quickly become A ‘life and death’ situation, therefore your practice of martial arts should be undertaken, as if your very life depends on it . . .
The purpose of Karate is to guide you out of trouble by any means necessary, both in actual combat and in life
. . . there are two types of fighters, the former strike all over the place hoping one would land, the latter, assured of their prowess and capabilities, hit once and destroy the opponent’s desire to continue the fight
A threat should never be spoken, your enemy should not be told of your intentions. Either take decisive action or refrain from it, but never threaten
To react, is to be A slave to someone else’s actions. Sometimes, A warrior is faced with the decision to strike pre-emptively, trusting his intuition, wisdom and years of training
Karate is not about techniques and their execution, but about boldness, integrity and fight for justice and common good
. . . for any worthwhile martial arts skill to be pragmatic, it has to be done live, otherwise it is of limited or no use in actual combat
Karate is not A religion, cult or dogma. It is incumbent on every generation of martial artists, to find the weaknesses of the previous generations, not to revere it . . .
Karate training will make you strong and confident, but restraint will make you respected
Most inherent beauties are hidden, as are precious stones in the rocks
. . to be exceptional in martial arts, you must possess the “4 C’s” : Consistency, Commitment, Creativity and Competence