Quotations

Gichin Funakoshi - Public Domain“Kantan na mono yoku kachi o seisu.” (“The balance between victory and defeat often hangs on simple matters.”)   — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (pg. 7)

“It may be said that a presumptuous or conceited person is not qualified to follow Karate-do. The student must always be aware of and receptive to criticism from others; he must be constantly introspective and must readily admit any lack of knowledge, rather than pretending to know what he does not know.”  — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (pg. 6)

“The Way: Who will pass it on straight and well?”  — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (Preface to the 2nd edition)

“The value of the art depends on the one applying it.”  — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (pg. 4)

“Those who follow Karate-do will develop courage and fortitude. These qualities do not have to do with strong actions or with the development of strong techniques as such. Emphasis is placed on development of the mind rather than on techniques. In a time of grave public crisis, one must have the courage, if required for the sake of justice, to face a million and one opponents. For the Karate-do student, the most shameful trait is indecisiveness.”  — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (pg. 6)

“[K]arate can be practiced by the young and old, men and women alike.”  — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (pg. 13)

“It should always be kept in mind that Karate-do cannot be grasped through eyes and ears alone; it must be experienced and comprehended through physical training.”  — Gichin Funakoshi, Karate-Do Kyo-han: The Master Text (pg. 12)

Miyamoto_Musashi - 1“Step by step walk the thousand-mile road.”  — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho (The Book of Five Rings), “The Water Book”

“Examine your environment.”  — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, “The Fire Book”

“Without the correct principle the fight cannot be won.”  — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, “The Wind Book”

“Really skillful people never get out of time, and are always deliberate, and never appear busy.”  — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, “The Wind Book”

“If you do not look at things on a large scale it will be difficult for you to master strategy.”  — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, “The Ground Book”

“Strategy is the craft of the warrior.”  — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, “The Ground Book”

“Always chase the enemy into bad footholds, obstacles at the side, and so on, using the virtues of the place to establish predominant positions from which to fight. You must research and train diligently in this.” — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho, “The Fire Book”

“It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.” — Miyamoto Musashi, Go Rin No Sho (pg. 11)

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