Ethical Principles in Martial Arts
Mutual Respect & Co-operation - Jita Kyoei
Training the mind and the body should go hand in-hand and not remain divided entities.
The expression Jita Kyoei reflects the ideal that we train half for ourselves and half for others. Jita Kyoei - mutual benefit, respect and co operation in
helping each other in the learning process - Dr Jigaro Kano
Principles of Neutrality
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of
great moral crises maintain their neutrality.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference,
which is an elegant name for ignorance.
G. K. Chesterton
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings
endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice,
you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse
and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Bishop Desmond Tutu
Not enough! - It is not enough to prove something,
one also has to seduce or elevate people to it.
That is why the man of knowledge should learn how to speak his wisdom:
and often in such a way that it sounds like folly!
Minimum Effort Maximum Efficiency - Seiryoko Zenyo
The key component of the Ju or yielding principle found in the Japanese Internal Martial Arts (Judo, Jujitsu and GoJu Ryu Karate) and in the Chinese internal styles of Kung Fu
(Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Qua Chuan and Xing I Chuan) represents a disciplined and
highly effective form of hand to hand fighting
Seiryoko Zenyo Minimum Effort Maximum Efficiency - Dr Jigaro Kano
One thousand days to learn, ten thousand days to refine
No matter how you may excel in the art of Te (Karate),
and in your scholastic endeavors,
nothing is more important than your behaviour and
your humanity as observed in daily life.
Tei Junsuko (Nago Oyakata)
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles
is not the highest skill.
To subdue the enemy without fighting
is the highest skill.
Sun Tsu The Art of War
There is no first strike in Karate.
Master Gichin Funakoshi
Karate begins and ends with courtesy
Master Gichin Funakoshi
Even after many years, kata practice is never finished,
for there is always something new to be learned
about executing a movement.
Master Shoshin Nagamine
Nothing in the world can be compared to water
for its weak and yielding nature;
yet in attacking the hard and the strong
nothing proves better than it.
For there is no alternative to it.
The weak can overcome the strong and
the yielding can overcome the hard.
This all the world knows but does not practice.
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
謙 (ken) "modest" and 信 (shin) "truth"
"Go with the flow - More power to you"
"Study the old, understand the new"
温故知新 On-Ko Chi-Shin
"The Art of Fighting, without Fighting"
Patrick McCarthy, Tino Ceberano and Deane Lawler.