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Jason Lester
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Words of wisdom

Hi everyone

Enter the Dojo and Master Ken, dont you just love it. This morning i watched a clip were Master Ken gave a quote from Gichin Funakoshi by saying ( its not the size of the groin, its the size of the hand that grabs it! ). Dont think Gichin Funakoshi ever said that but very funny anyway. Below are some real words of wisdom by real martial artists, some from films and sadly unknown.

1) Do not criticize any other martial arts, speak ill of others and it will surely come back to you. The mountain does not laugh at the river because it is lowly, nor does the river speak ill of the mountain because it cannot move about. ( Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido)

2) Progress comes to those who train and train, reliance on secret techniques will get you no were. ( unknown )

3) Failure is the key to success, each mistake teaches us something. ( unknown )

4) If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completley fluid and free flowing. Water by its nature never collides with or breaks against anything, it swallows up any attack harmlessly. ( Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido )

5) Always keep an open mind, if a technique works, use it. ( unknown )

6) If somebody gets in your face, be nice, until its time not to be nice. ( Film Road House, Dalton )

7) Fighting is always the last answer to any problem ( Film the Karate Kid, Mr Miyagi )

8) If you use karate to defend life and honour karate means something, if karate used to defend plastic metal trophie, karate means nothing. ( Film the Karate Kid part 3 , Mr Miyagi )

9) Nothing is impossible to a willing mind, were theres a will theres a way. ( unkown )

10) In martial arts, always train in a joyfull manner. ( Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido )

11) In a real fight it doesnt matter whos stronger, its the matter of whos smarter. ( Karate Kid part 2, Mr Miyagi )

12) Nobody ever wins a fight, its not about how hard someone is, its just how well they can fight. ( unknown )

13) The few who do, are the envy of the many who only watch. ( unknown )

14) No one is better than you, in martial arts or business, we are all puppets in the same show ( unknown )

15) 1) If a man cant stand, he cant fight. 2) if a man cant breathe, he cant fight. 3) if a man cant see, he cant fight. ( Karate Kid part 3, Terry Silver )

16) A tree may grow a thousand feet tall, but its leaves still fall back to its roots for nourishment. ( unknown )

Anyone know anymore like these? In the meantime i hope you enjoy these.

All the best,


Iain Abernethy
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Some nice quotes in there! Thanks for sharing them. There have been some similar threads in the past that you may also want to check out i.e. http://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/content/quotes-live

Jason Lester
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Hi iain, thanks for the message, glad you liked them. Will look forward to reading those.

All the best,


Gary Chamberlain
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Not karate related but one of my friends has this as a forum signature and I think it's brilliant:

"You see a mousetrap.  I see free cheese and a ****ing challenge"


Jason Lester
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Hi gary, thats superb. Heres one i forgot to put on before and one of my favourites: A student walks into his first dojo and the master says why do you come to me? Student replies i want to learn how to fight, Ahh you want to learn how to fight replies the master, first learn how to heal, to hurt people is easy. This is taken from the film out for justice, Steven Seagal. Jason