Master Gichin Funakoshi – the founder of modern shotokan karate – wrote twenty guiding principles of karate. They underpin the teachings of the KUGB and Senshi Karate. If you want to know more, ask Sensei or read Master Funakoshi’s book.
- Karate begins and ends with courtesy
- There is no first attack in karate
- Karate is an assistance to justice
- Know yourself first, before you know others
- Spirit first, technique second
- Be ready to free your mind
- Accidents come from laziness
- Karate training goes beyond the dojo
- You will never stop learning in karate
- Apply karate to everything. Therein lies its beauty
- Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
- Do not think of winning. Instead, think that you must never lose
- Make adjustments according to your opponent
- The outcome of a fight depends on how you handle weaknesses and strengths
- Think of hands and feet as swords
- When you step outside your own gate, you face a million enemies
- Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced
- Practising a kata exactly is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another
- Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body, and slowness and speed of techniques.
- Think of ways to apply these principles every day
“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants”
– Gichin Funakoshi