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Set 8

Following quotes are from Mas Oyama:
The martial way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times. 
Following the martial way is like scaling a cliff. Continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unflattering devotion to the task at hand. 
Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness. 
Even for martial artists, the place of money cannot be ignored. Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it. 
The martial way is centered in posture. Strive to maintain correct posture at all times. 
The martial way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training. 
In martial arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation of your actions as an opportunity to improve. 
The nature and purpose of the martial way is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training. 
Martial arts begin with a point and end in a circle. Straight lines stem from this principle. 
The true essence of the martial way can only be realized through experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demand. 
Always remember: In martial arts the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.
The fastest draw is when the sword never leaves the scabbard. The strongest way to block is never to provoke a blow. The cleanest cut is the one withheld. -Unknown Author

Does not the sage say: "What is more yielding than water? Yet, back it comes again, wearing down the rigid strength, which cannot stand to its strength. What is more forceful than quiet water?" -Kahn, Kung Fu, the TV series

There is no first strike in karate. -Master Gichin Funakoshi

Karate-Do is a lifetime study. -Master Kenwa Mabuni

Slow and steady wins the race. -Aesop

He who chases around after many rabbits ends hungry. -Okinawan Proverb

Those things in life that we find the hardest to do, are the things we are the most thankful we did.- Annette Ueckert

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.- Samuel Johnson

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. -Albert Einstein

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Truth is that which is true–whether you know it or not and whether you like it or not. -Ben Swett

Boards don't hit back. -Bruce Lee

By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to The Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character and man is their maker and master. -James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but, it is the journey that matters in the end. -Ursula K. LeGuin

Don't fear death. Fear the unlived life. - Natalie Babbitt

Karate is for life, not points. -David Walker

Karate begins and ends with respect. - Master Anko Itosu

No matter how you may excel in the art of karate, and in your scholastic endeavors, nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life. -Master Gichin Funakoshi

You aren't rich until you have something money can't buy. -Garth Brooks

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, while using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world. -Dave Barry

There are two rules for being successful in martial arts. Rule 1: Never tell others everything you know. -Unknown Author

A one-sided martial artist is a blind martial artist. -Unknown Author

Pain is the best instructor, but no one wants to go to his class. - General Choi, Founder of taekwondo

He who hesitates meditates in a horizontal position - Ed Parker

A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude. -Rick English

It is not the accumulation of extraneous knowledge, but the realization of the self within, that constitutes true progress. -Okakura Kakuzo

The art of the sword consists of never being concerned with victory or defeat, with strength or weakness, of not moving one step forward, nor one step backward, or the enemy not seeing me and my not seeing the enemy. Penetrating to that which is fundamental before the separation of heaven and earth where even yin and yang cannot reach, one instantly attains proficiency in the art. -Takuan

A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action. -Unknown Author

Even though surrounded by several enemies set to attack, fight with the thought that they are but one. -Ueshiba

Five Secrets of Japanese Goju Ryu
  • Move quickly
  • Keep a sound, calm mind
  • Be light in body
  • Have a clever mind
  • Master the basics

The sword has to be more than a simple weapon; it has to be an answer to life's questions. -Miyamoto Musashi

The way of the sword and the Way of Zen are identical, for they have the same purpose; that of killing the ego. -Yamada Jirokichi

Sword and mind must be united. Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough. -Yamada Jirokichi

Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create. -Ed Parker

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