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