20 Precepts of Shotokan Karate
As Written by GIchin Funakoshi
1. Karate-do begins
with courtesy and ends with rei.
2. There is
no first strike in karate.
is an aid to justice.
know yourself before attempting to know others.
first, technique second.
be ready to release your mind.
Accidents arise from negligence.
8. Do not
think that karate training is only in the dojo.
9. It will
take your entire life to learn karate, there is no limit.
your everyday living into karate and you will find "Myo" (subtle
is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
12. Do not
think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.
depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable
14. The out
come of the battle depends on how you handle weakness and strength.
of your opponents hands and feet as swords.
16. When you leave
home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.
17. Beginners must master
low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced
Practicing a kata exactly is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.
19. Do not forget
to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction
of the body, and slowness and speed of techniques.
20. Always think and devise ways to live the precepts of karate-do every