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"A one sided martial artist is a blind martial artist."


"Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class." 

- Choi, Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do

"A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude." 

- Rick English

"It is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true progress." 

- Okakura Kakuzo

"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill." 

- Sun-Tsu

"Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu.

Move quickly.

Sound, calm mind.

Be light in body.

Have a clever mind.

Master the basics."

- Gogen Yamaguchi

"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants." 

- Gichin Funakoshi

"Where questioning is rewarded, virtues are promoted, respect is demanded, and love is central........"

- L'abri

"The fastest draw is when the sword never leaves the scabbard. The strongest way to block, is never to provoke a blow. And the cleanest cut is the one withheld."

"Karate is a defensive art from beginning to end" 

- Gichin Funakoshi

"Knowledge does not grow like a tree where you dig a hole, plant your feet, cover them with dirt, and pour water on them daily. Knowledge grows with time, work, and dedicated effort. It cannot come by any other means." 

-- Ed Parker

"My instructor once told me that the first five dan ranks come for what you've gotten out of the system, the next ranks come for what you've given back."

"You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning Karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do." 

- Gichin Funakoshi

"It should be easy to spot a black belt in a crowd, s/he should walk like a Marine on roller skates." 

- Fredrick Lovret

"1-2 out of every 100 students reach Black Belt and of those only 1 out of every 1,000 achieves his 2nd Dan."

- Masutatsu Oyama, This is Karate


"The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself." 

-- 6th Code of Isshinryu Karatedo

"It's not just self defense, it's about...self control, body discipline, and mind discipline...and breath techniques. It involves yoga. It involves meditation. It's an art, not a sport." 

- Elvis Presley


"The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many; that which has been learned well by one generation can be passed on to a hundred."

-- Jigoro Kano (1860-1938)

"Truth is universal. Perception of truth is not."

- unknown

"That which does not kill us, must have missed us." 

- Miowara Tomokata

"Each movement in kata must be performed in the following order: eyes first, feet next, hands last. These must be done simultaneously, just as the sunshine streams across a room when a door is opened. There must be no gap in the order of succession. This requires precise timing." 

- Nagamine Shoshin