As a mirror's polished surface reflects whatever stands before it, and a quiet valley carries even small sounds, so must the student of karate render his mind empty of selfishness and wickedness in an effort to react appropriately to anything he might encounter. This is the meaning of Kara or "empty" in Karate. Gichin Funakoshi
Do you think you know most everything about the history of whom and what you are studying?
This question was presented to the Home Dojo a short time ago:
When was Shihan's advancement to Shodan confirmed? Not when it was presented!
Bushido was an organic growth of centuries of military careers. It is unwritten, like the English Constitution, yet out of it has grown the Japan of today.
Ref: Bushido, The Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe
Point of Strategy
Introduce to your opponent an "obvious" intent, posture and/or attitude but execute your true self.
Their mind is then obsessed by the expected and overwhelmed by anything else.
Funakoshi's 20 Precepts
(Some worded a little different than introduced in the past)
(1) Karate begins and ends with courtesy. (2) In karate there is no first attack. (3) Karate in as aid to injustice. (4) Control yourself before you attempt to control others. (5) Spirit first, technique second. (6) Always be ready to release your mind. (7) Accidents arise from negligence. (8) Do not think that karate training occurs only in the dojo. (9) It takes an entire lifetime to learn karate. (10) Put your everyday living into karate and you will find the secret. (11) Karate is like boiling water: If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool. (12) Don't think about winning; think about not losing. (13) Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable points. (14) The battle unfolds according to how you move guarded and unguarded. (15) Think of your hands and feet as swords. (16) Whenever you leave home, envision numerous opponents waiting for you. (17) Beginners must master low stance and posture. Natural body positions are for the advanced. (18) Practicing kata is one thing; engaging in a real fight is another. (19) Do not forget to correctly learn the strengths and weaknesses of power, the stretching and contraction of the body, and the slowness and speed of techniques. (20) Devise ways to live the precepts every day.
1. Philosophical thoughts 4. Notable Advancement 2. Point of Strategy 3. Historical Perspectives