Martial Arts

"The dojo is the place where courage is fostered and superior human nature is bred through the ecstacy of sweating in hard work. It is the sacred place where the human spirit is polished.
Karate-do is definitely a martial way, and its identity lies in do or principles. Any martial art without proper training of the mind turns into beastly behavior. Karate may be referred to as the conflict within yourself, or a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training, and your own creative efforts."

O Sensei Shoshin Nagamine

You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very differnt from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do.
Gichin Funakoshi

Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, thought of his art not only as physical education or combat training, but as a way of life that would spread peace throughout the world. Today, Ueshiba's aikido has been embraced by generations of practitioners, and has also introduced millions of newcomers to the martial arts. And, as we all know, the practice of the martial arts develops the mind and character as well as the body. A populace of sound mind and character is certainly conducive to world peace. That Ueshiba was on to something, wasn't he?

style dogma denies you the ability to question and the right to change and evolve, be true to yourself first and foremost.

re. style dogma : ' if you look at a situation from within your established way of thinking, no amount of will power will take you to a new way of thinking. You draw the boundary, work within that boundary and inevitably your answer will lie within that boundary...'

Black Belt. A white belt that never quit!

"The Belt Doesn't Make The Man, The Man Makes the Belt."

A poor performance in the audience of students leaves more of an impression than an excellent performance in the audience of masters.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

The object of true Karate is the perfection of oneself through the perfection of the art.

The thought is quick; the mind is calm; the body is light; the eye is clear; and the technique is intense.
Gigen Yamaguchi

It is better to search ten years for one good instructor than to train for ten years under a bad one.


If archer shoots just for fun he has all his skill.
If he shoots for score his hands tremble and his breath is uneasy.
If he shoots for a golden price he becomes mad and blind.
His skill was not lessened, but the vision of the target changed him.

Old Chinese poem

A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he unable to make the choice between violence & non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence. He chooses peace ... Only a warrior who has tempered his spirit in conflict & who has confronted himself & his greatest fears can in my opinion make the choice to be a pacifist.
Yukiyoshu Takamura

I am a shark, the ground is my ocean and most people can not even swim.
Rickson Gracie

If size mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle.
Rickson Gracie

Budo is not a means of felling the opponent by force or by lethal weapons. Neither is it intended to lead the world to destruction by arms and other illegitimate means. True Budo calls for bringing the inner energy of the Universe in order, protecting the peace of the world and molding, as well as preserving, everything in nature in its right form. Training in Budo is tantamount to strengthening, within my body and soul, the love of Kami, the deity who begets, preserves and nurtures everything in nature.
Morihei Ueshiba

Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.
Morihei Ueshiba

The exposure to the various schools in the beginning taught me not to be one-sided because everyone had his own philosophies and each school seemed to have its good points and bad points. When I learned from Bruce [Lee], we never classified whether a technique was from taekwondo or boxing. If it was unusable, we used it.
Dan Inosanto

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