Master Gichin Funakoshi's 20 Precepts of Karate


  1. Karate begins and ends in courtesy.
  2. There is no first attack in karate.
  3. Karate is for justice.
  4. First know yourself, then know others.
  5. Mind before body.
  6. Disaster is caused by carelessness and negligence.
  7. The mind wants to be free.
  8. Do not think of karate only in the dojo.
  9. Karate training is for a lifetime.
  10. Make everything karate.
  11. Karate is like hot water, if you do not heat it constantly, it returns to cold water.
  12. Do not think of winning, but you must think of not losing.
  13. Combat depends on the mastery of truth and falsehood.
  14. Adjust your fighting method according to your opponents.
  15. Think of your opponent's hand and feet as swords.
  16. Once outside your gate, there are a million enemies.
  17. Kamae is for beginners; later there is shinzentai.
  18. Kata must be performed correctly, but combat is different.
  19. Don't forget the light and heavy application of strength, the expansion and contraction of the body, and the slow and quick use of power
  20. Always try to think creatively.
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