Diverse , My library Master Gichin Funakoshi in his quest to guide the karate practitioner has left us a collection of 20 precepts to apply daily. All karateka must follow its basic principles which are just as important if not more than the practice itself. Each of these precepts is very short and of a philosophical nature which tends of course to various interpretations. The translation that I put below is only the result of my readings and my personal interpretation. I do not pretend to hold the truth and each precept can probably find other explanations, but I try to write with my heart and my mind to, in my opinion, stick to the right to the will of the Master.
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Karate practitioners should not rely alone on striking, kicking, blocking, but should, as well, focus on the spiritual aspects of their practice. Do not forget that karate-do begins and ends with rei. There is no first strike in karate. Karate stands on the side of justice. First know yourself, then others. Mentality over technique. The mind must be set free. Calamity springs from carelessness.
Karate goes beyond the dojo. Karate is a lifelong pursuit. Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty. Karate is like boiling water: without heat, it returns to its tepid state.
Do not think of winning. Think rather of not losing. Make adjustments according to your opponent. The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness weakness and strength. Think of the opponents hands and feet as swords. When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies. Kamae ready stance is for beginners; later one stands in shizentai natural stance. Perform kata exactly; actual combat is another matter. Do not forget the employment or withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique.
Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful in your pursuit of the Way. While the principles have circulated for years, this book is the first English translation of the commentaries.
The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate
Shelves: karate , east The twenty guiding principles is n great little book for all karateka who want to advance their karate. By thinking and rethinking the principles it gives you a way of doing karate and also helps you in your general conduct. The idea of keeping the water boiling is a great idea i. I like that. Many other sayings and explanations of it are great teachings full of wisdom to teach you karate-do. Yes it is a book that I will read and read The twenty guiding principles is n great little book for all karateka who want to advance their karate.
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