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The Twenty Precepts of Karate-Do were published by Master Gichin Funakoshi in
1938 and codify not just his own teachings but those central to Okinawa Karate for
generations before him. The precepts also echo the more ancient Twenty-One precepts
of the Japanese samurai. One may safely presume Master Ueshiro grew up with an
appreciation for these precepts. By all accounts, he lived by them every day.
1. Do not forget that karate begins and ends with courtesy.
2.There is no first attack in karate.
3. Karate stands on the side of justice.
4. First know yourself, then know others.
5. Mind over technique.
6. The mind must be set free.
7. Accidents spring from carelessness.
8. Karate extends beyond the dojo.
9. Karate is a lifelong pursuit.
10. Apply the Way of Karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.
11. Karate is like boiling water: without constant heat it will soon cool.
12. Do not think of winning. Rather, think of not losing.
13. Make adjustments according to your opponent.
14. The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength)
15. Think of an opponent's hands and feet as swords.
16. When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies.
17. Ready stances are for beginners; later, one uses natural stances.
18. Perform kata exactly; actual combat is another matter.
19. Do not forget he employment or withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique.
20. Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful in your pursuit of the way.
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"Perhaps the most valuable lesson to learn is that in Karate,
as in life, one gets out of it exactly what is put into it."
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