Shoto Niju Kun

 

Gichin Funakoshi's

Twenty Precepts

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Karate-do wa rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru koto wo wasuruna. Karate begins and ends with courtesy. In Karate, start with a bow and finish with a bow.
Karate ni sente nashi. There is no first attack in karate. There is no first attack in Karate.
Karate wa gi no tasuke. Karate is an assistance to justice. Karate is a great assistance to justice.
Mazu jiko wo shire, shikoshite tao wo shire. Know yourself before you know others. Know yourself first and then others.
Gijutsu yori shinjutsu. Spirit before technique. Spirit first: techniques second.
Kokoro wa hanatan koto wo yosu. Be ready to free your mind. Be ready to release your mind.
Wazawai wa getai ni shozu. Accidents come from inattention. Accidents come out of idleness.
Dojo nomino karate to omou na. Karate training is not only in the dojo. Do not think that you can learn Karate only in the Dojo.
Karate no shugyo wa issho de aru. You will never stop learning karate. It will take your entire life to learn Karate.
Arai-yuru mono wo karate-ka seyo, soko ni myo-mi ari. Make karate part of your life and you will find myo. Karate-ize everything.
Karate wa yu no goto shi taezu natsudo wo ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru. Karate is like hot water. If not given continual heat, it will go cold. Karate is just like hot water. If you do not give heat constantly, it will again become cold water.
Katsu kangae wa motsu na makenu kangae wa hitsuyo. Do not think you must win. Instead, think that you do not have to lose. Do not think you have to win. Think, rather, that you do not have to lose.
Tekki ni yotte tenka seyo. Victory depends on your ability to tell vulnerable points from invulnerable ones. Victory depends on your ability to tell vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.
Tattakai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari. Move according to your opponent. Move according to your opponent.
Hito no te ashi wo ken to omoe. Think that your hands and feet are swords. Consider your oppnent's hands and legs as you would sharp swords.
Danshi mon wo izureba hyakuman no tekki ari. Be aware of your actions so as not to invite trouble. As soon as you leave home for work, think that millions of opponents are waiting for you.
Kamae wa shoshinsha ni ato wa shizentai. First master low stances, then natural posture. Low stance for beginners; natural stance for advanced students.
Kata wa tadashiku jissen wa betsu mono. Practicing kata is no substitue for the real thing. Practicing a Kata is one thing and engaging in a real fight is another.
Chikara no kyojaku, karada no shinshuku, waza no kankyu wo wasaruna. Do not forget (1) light and heavy application of power, (2) expansion and contraction of the body, (3) slowness and speed of techniques. Do not forget (1) light and heavy application of power, (2) expansion and contraction of the body, (3) slowness and speed of techniques.
Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo. Think of ways to apply these precepts every day. Devise at all times.

 

How to Practice Karate


The following is an abridgment of Chapter 7: "Training Precepts"
from Karate-Do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text, by Gichin Funakoshi.

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