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Jason Lester
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Enough said

Hi everyone, i hope you enjoy reading the following, i have put these together in no order. Hits nail on head regarding karate practice, kata and in general.


Karate-do is a noble martial art, and the reader can be rest assured that those who take pride in breaking boards or smashing tiles, or who boasts of being able to perform outlandish feats like stripping flesh or plucking ribs, really know nothing about karate. They are playing around in the leaves and branches of a great tree, without the slightest concept of the trunk. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Karate is a martial art of self-examination. (Motonbu Hironshi)

In training, do not expect good results in a short time. Karate training may extend over ones entire life time. (Gichin Funakoshi)

For the purpose of being able to boast that one has mastered a great number of kata is pointless. In former times a single kata was practiced for a minimum of three years. Think what this means. A kata may be regarded as in integration of offensive and defensive techniques, but it is more than that. One should try to understand the spirit of the master karate-ka who created the kata, for it has a life of its own. One must understand the meaning of each technique, each movement and the kata as a whole. (Shigeru Egami)

It must be borne in mind that the low stance is for practice purposes and that one must be able to make agile movements even from a low stance, it is only the amateur who thinks that the low stance is not suitable for combat. (Shigeru Egami)

It was usual that even an expert of considerable skill would only know three or at the most five kata. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Rather than learn and study a great variety of kata it is more important to take a limited number and practice them thoroughly and precisely. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Having mastered the five Pinan/Heian katas, one can be confident that he/she is able to defend themselves competently in most situations. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Although the doorway is small, go deeply inward. (Gichin Funakoshi)

People today study widely not deeply, it is not a good idea to follow one way or the other, it is better to take the middle way. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Once a form has been learned, it must be practised repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergancy, for the knowing of just the sequence of a form in karate is useless. (Gichin Funakoshi)

One who truly understands the art of karate-do is never easily drawn into a fight. (Gichin Funakoshi)

A well trained karate man will not go looking for a fight, so a well trained karate women will not put herself into a position where she must use her skills to subdue a would be rapist. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Anyone who has truly mastered the art of karate-do will take care not to venture into dangerous places or situations where he or she may be forced to put the art to use. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Escape techniques may be used against front, side and rear grasping attacks. Attacks from the front may include such techniques as grasping a wrist, both wrists, the collar, hair or hugging etc, and side attacks such as grasping the wrist and neck, also attacks from the rear may consist of similar techniques such as grasping the wrist, the collar, hugging etc. There may be times when several attackers may attack from both sides or from front and back. Considering all situations, always think and practice against such attacks. (Gichin Funakosh)

When there are no avenues of escape or one is caught even before any attempt can be made, for the first time the use of self-defence techniques should be considered. Even at times like this, do not show any intention of attacking, but first let the attacker become careless. At that time attack him/her, concentrating ones whole strength in one blow to a vital point. It is most important to be on guard without getting excited and to act with presence of mind throughout such a situation from beginning and even once the situation is in hand. When delivering the one blow against the attacker, the importance of using ones whole strength and being especially accurate cannot be overemphasized. In the event that this one blow is ineffective, the attacker will become more violent, a point not to be forgotton. (Gichin Funakoshi)

Always trust in the quality of your karate, not quantity. (A line from the karate kid film 1984)

Karate in the mind, karate in the heart, karate is never about what you are wearing round your waist. (A line from the karate kid film 1984)


Apart from the last two, the rest are from karate do kyohan (Gichin Funakoshi) and the heart of karate do (Shigeru Egami), a must read for any serious karate-ka.

Hope these have been of interest.

Kind regards,


Michael B
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Mr. Lester;

I also enjoy quotes from experts in karate and other arts. My collection is too long for this format, but I can send it to your e-mail address as a PDF if you are interested? You may find a few of them useful.

And, I am borrowing the Karate Kid quotes for my own collection. Thanks. Loved that movie.

Michael B

Jason Lester
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Hi michael, thanku for the reply.

Your collection sounds very interesting and have no doubt that they would be very useful, i have many more quotes but again would be to long to put on this site.

My e-mail address is vchambers696@btinternet.com, for further contact details please visit the England Karate Association website: www.englandkarateassociation.co.uk. dedicated to the masters.

Thanks again.

Kind regards,