- Master Gichin Funakoshi
- THE TWENTY PRECEPTS
- 1. Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei.
2. There is no first strike in karate.
3. Karate is an aid to justice.
4. First know yourself before attempting to know 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 is only in the dojo.
9. It will take your entire life to learn karate, there
is no limit.
10. Put your everyday living into karate and you will
find "Myo" (subtle secrets).
11. Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly,
it will cool.
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 distinguish vulnerable
points from invulnerable ones.
14. The out come of the battle depends on how you handle weakness
15. Think of your opponents hands and feet as swords.
- 16. When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting
17. Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body
positions are for the advanced.
18. Practicing a kata exactly is one thing, engaging in a real
fight is another.
- 19. Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power,
stretching and contraction of
- the body, and slowness and speed of techniques.
20. Always think and devise ways to live the precepts
of karate-do every day.
- "The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat,
- but in the perfection of the character of its participants"
- Gichin Funakoshi Sensei
- This is a photograph of the memorial to Master Gichin Funakoshi
that is located on the grounds of Engakuji Temple, in Kamakura, Japan. Master Funakoshi studied Zen here under Chief Abbott
Ekun and completed his training around 1929 and it was then that he changed the name of his Okinawan art from "Tode" (Chinese
Hand ) to "Karate-Do" (Empty Handed Way).
- This photo was taken by, and very kindly provided to me courtesy of Sensei
Thomas Casale, Go Dan (5th Dan), Chief Instructor, JSKA-USA.