Master Funakoshi’ 20 Principles of Karate

Master Funakoshi

Master Funakoshi

1. In Karate, start with a bow and finish with a bow.

2. There is no first attack in Karate.

3. Karate is a great assistance to justice.

4. Know yourself first and then others.

5. Spirit first: technique second.

6. Be ready to release your mind

7. Accidents come out of idleness

8. Do not think you can only learn Karate in the dojo.

9. It will take your entire life to learn Karate.

10. Karate-ize everything

11. Karate is just like hot water. If you do not give heat constantly, it will again become cold.

12. Do not think that you have to win. Think, rather, that you do not have to lose.

13. Victory depends on your ability to tell vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.

14. Move according to your opponent.

15. Consider your opponent’s hands and leg’s as you would sharp Sword’s.

16. As soon as you leave home, think that millions of opponents are waiting for you.

17. Low stance for beginners; natural stance for advanced students.

18. Practising a Kata is one thing and engaging in a real fight is another.

19. Do not forget (1) light and heavy application of power, (2) expansion and contraction of the body, (3) slowness and speed of techniques.

20. Devise at all times.