By doing nothing, he is seen.
By his silence, he is heard.
"The Karate philosophy of calmness and confidence is the antithesis of aggression and inhumanity."
He who knows others is wise,
He who knows himself is enlightened.
He who overcomes others is strong,
He who overcomes himself is mighty.
It is written,
"Do not invite the fight, accept it instead,
Better a foot behind than an inch too far ahead."
ONE CONCEPT OF ZEN:
Achieve, but do not glory in the results.
Achieve, but do not boast of the results.
Achieve results, but not through violence.
Force is followed by the loss of strength.
A TEACHING OF ZEN:
Only do what needs to be done.
Do not take advantage of power.
Counsel others not to use force to conquer the universe.
This only brings resistance, and thorn bushes spring up when the army has passed.
"The young masters are respected,
but the old masters are venerated."
"He (a karateka) unwittingly changes his way of life, for he can never be the same person again."
"The path up the mountain is steep…...if it is not steep, it is not a mountain."
"Any goal worth achieving,
is worth working very hard to obtain."
"A teacher is never a giver of truth, he is merely a guide to the truth that the student must discover for himself."
"We are the sum total of our thoughts,
everything we are we have thought first."
Courage is the resistance to fear;
Mastery of fear,
Not the absence of fear.
If you think you are beaten,
If you think you dare not,
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost certain you won't.
If you think you will lose,
You are lost, for out of the world we find, success begins with a fellow's will--
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.
Life's battle's don't always go to the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
is the man who thinks he can!
(of mixed origin)
"The art of Karate is a never ending quest for perfection….of developing the spirit and body to defeat your opponent….
He who conquers himself
is the greatest warrior.
Karate is a lifetime marathon.
"'If your hand goes forth,
withhold your temper;
if your temper goes forth,
withhold your hand."
THE TRUTH IN SELF-DEFENSE IS
DIFFERENT FOR EACH PERSON:
Look at your own experiences for the truth. Remember what is useful.
Throw our what is useless.
Add individually what is your own.
You can remove the man from the martial arts, but can not remove the martial arts from the man.
The teacher is as a needle.
The disciple is as the thread.
The result is as the material manufactured.
If the thread is weak, the material is useless!
(The last two lines added by Shihan)
BENEVOLENCE (Man's Mind)
A benevolent man is ever mindful of those who are suffering and in distress. But, benevolence indulged beyond measure sinks into weakness. We must not indulge in indiscriminate charity, without seasoning it with justice and rectitude.
Note: The feeling of distress is the root of benevolence.
RECTITUDE (Righteousness--Man's Path)
The power of deciding upon a certain course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering; To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike. Rectitude is the bone that gives firmness and stature. But, rectitude carried to excess hardens into stiffness.
Modesty and complaisance, actuated by respect for others feelings, are at the root of politeness.
Politeness is the sympathetic regard for the feelings of others.
Shame is the soil of all virtue,
of good manners and good morals.
Dishonor is like a scar on a tree, which time, instead of effacing, only helps to enlarge.
OLD MARTIAL ARTS CREED:
Serve and protect while avoiding conflict if at all possible. However, should combat be inevitable, the master should render his attacker as defenseless as a water color painting under the relentless pelts of a thundershower.
"The katas are the essemce of karate. . . .Katas are the distilled, concentrated wisdom, understanding and experience of hundreds of great karate masters, translated into a language of rhythmical movements, breathing and peak awareness."