the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary
diapholom

cloud hands

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 "The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant."
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  1. Hitotsu, jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto.
    (First, seek perfection of character.)
  2. Hitotsu, makoto no michi o mamoru koto.
    (First, protect the path of truth.)
  3. Hitotsu, doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.
    (First, foster the spirit of effort.)
  4. Hitotsu, reigi o omonzuru koto.
    (First, respect the rules of etiquette.)
  5. Hitotsu, kekki no yū o imashimuru koto.
    (First, guard against impetuous courage.)
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  1. Every Kata starts with a block. You can never start with a strike.
  2. Never forget: Karate begins and ends with respect.
  3. There is no first attack in Karate.
  4. Karate supports righteousness.
  5. First understand yourself, then understand others.
  6. The art of developing the mind is more important than the art of applying technique.
  7. The mind needs to be freed.
  8. Trouble is born of negligence/ignorance.
  9. Do not think Karate belongs only in the dojo.
  10. Karate training requires a lifetime.
  11. Transform everything into Karate; therein lies its exquisiteness.
  12. Karate is like hot water, if you do not give it heat constantly, it will again become cold water.
  13. Do not think that you have to win, rather think you do not have to lose.
  14. Transform yourself according to the opponent.
  15. The outcome of the fight depends on one's control.
  16. Imagine one's arms and legs as swords.
  17. Once you leave the shelter of home, there are a million enemies.
  18. Postures are for the beginner; later they are natural positions.
  19. Perform the kata correctly; the real fight is a different matter.
  20. Do not forget control of the dynamics of power, the elasticity of the body, and the speed of the technique.
  21. Apply the way of Karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.

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