Karate - Budo  
  The key features and principles for understanding karate  
 

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Contents
Karate quotations
 
  Introduction
  History
  Styles of karate
  Aims of karate
  Kihon, kata, kumite
  Physical principes
  Bunkai
  Combat
  Aggression and stress
  Kumite in pratice
  Dangerous spots
  Japan, Buddhism & Zen
  Karate and emptiness
  Precepts
  Quotations
  Conclusions
  References
  Author
  Contact
  The book
   
Annexes
    JKA
    Shotokan kata
    Shitoryu kata
    Goju-ryu kata
    Kumite
    Takedown & MMA
    Physical training
    Links

 

 

Here are a handful of quotations and thoughts taken from the Dictionary of Shotokan Karate by Schlatt Books:

“Mukin shori”: The way to success has no short cuts. Tanaka Masahiko

“Dokan”: The way is a circle.

“Karate ni sente nashi”: There is no first attack in karate (this principle adorns the tomb of Gichin Funakoshi).

“Waza o hodokosu koki”: Seize the opportunity to execute a technique (by creating an opening or starting from the opponent’s technique or as soon as the attack comes).

“Ken zen itchi”: Karate and Zen are as one.

“Ichi byo shi”: In one breath (when you are at the right distance to strike a blow, you should attack at that very moment without any ado).

“Shingi ichinyo”: The heart and technique are but one.

“Hatsuun jindo”: Let the clouds pass and carry on your way. Gichin Funakoshi

“Ikken hissatsu”: Kill with a single blow (in a fight against an opponent with a sword, there was no chance for a second attack).

“Kantan na mono yoku kachi o seisu”: The balance of victory and defeat often hangs on simple matters. Gichin Funakoshi.

“Shoshin o wasuren”: Never forget the feeling of being a beginner. Gichin Funakoshi

“Shin-gi-tai”: Mind-technique-body (technique may overcome strength but the mind dominates everything).