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22 Historical Karate Quotes That Might Shock You


– Karate is not what you think it is. And to prove that, I wanna
share some of my favorite quotes taken straight from grand masters and pioneers of the
art, throughout history. And I warn you, these
quotes might surprise you… and maybe even shock you. Check them out. “We must avoid treating karate as a sport. “Your fingers and toes
must be like arrows. “Your arms must be like iron. “If you kick, try to kick the enemy dead. “If you punch, punch to kill. “This is the spirit you
need to progress in karate.” Choshin Chibana. “Once a kata has been learned, “it must be practiced repeatedly “until it can be applied in an emergency. “Knowledge of just the sequence of a form “in karate is useless.” Gichin Funakoshi “We should open karate to the public “and receive criticism,
opinions, and studies “from other prominent fighting artists.” Chojun Miyagi. “The techniques of kata have their limits “and were never intended to
be used against an opponent “in the arena or battlefield.” Choki Motobu. “The karate that has spread
to Tokyo is incomplete. “Those who believe that karate consists “only of kicks and punches and
think throws and joint locks “are exclusive to judo or
jujitsu have been misinformed. “We should have an open mind “and strive to study the complete art.” Kenwa Mabuni. “My old ways of karate was
not accepted by everyone. “Maybe my training methods
were too hard or severe. “Whatever it was, it was the
way I learned and taught. “It was only later,
when the Americans came, “that I changed my ways.” Hohan Soken. “There is no place in
karate for different styles. “I’ve heard myself and colleagues “referred to as the Shotokan school, “but I strongly object to this
attempt at classification. “My belief is that all styles “should be amalgamated into one, “so karate may orderly
progress into man’s future.” Gichin Funakoshi. “It is necessary to drink alcohol “and pursue other fun human activities. “The karate of someone who is
too serious has no flavor.” Choki Motobu. “Kata must be practiced diligently, “but you must not be constrained by them. “You must withdraw from the kata “to produce forms with no limits, “or else it becomes useless.” Hironori Otsuka. “Karate does not have any styles. “It molds an individual to be “the object of defense and offense “and through this process,
karate teaches you “the fundamental concept
of self protection.” Kanken Toyama. “A kata is not fixed or immovable. “Like water, it’s ever changing “and fits itself to the shape
of the vessel containing it. “However, kata is not some kind of “beautiful competitive dance, “but a grand martial art of self defense, “which determines life and death.” Kenwa Mabuni. “Karate was never meant to be used “against a single opponent. “Rather, it’s a method of avoiding injury “by using the hands and feet, “should one happen to be
confronted by a villain or a thug.” Anko Itosu. “You may train for a long time, “but if you merely move your limbs “and jump around like a puppet, “learning karate is not very different “from learning a dance. “You will never have reached
the heart of the matter; “you will have failed to grasp
the quintessence of karate.” Gichin Funakoshi. “Nothing is more harmful to
the world than a martial art “that is not effective
in actual self defense.” Choki Motobu. “Karate has no philosophy. “Some people think it came from Buddhism “and has a connection with
the space and universe, “but I don’t believe in that. “My philosophy is to knock my opponent out “with one single blow!” Mikio Yahara. “Do not fall into the
trap of thinking that “just because a kata begins to the left, “the opponent is attacking from the left.” Kenwa Mabuni. “In the past, roughly
three years were required “to learn a single kata, “and usually even an expert
of considerable skill “would only know three,
or at most five kata.” Gichin Funakoshi. “Techniques should not be practiced “merely so they can be performed in kata. “Since karate is a fighting art, “each technique has its meaning. “You must consider their meaning, “how and why they are effective,
and practice accordingly.” Shigeru Egami. “Many karate instructors today
teach a watered down style, “no hip action and shallow punching. “It’s easy to say that these teachers “have no depth to their knowledge.” Yuchoku Higa. “There are many kinds
of postures in karate. “While learning these postures
should not be totally ignored “we must be careful not to overlook that “they are just forms or templates. “It is the function of their application “which needs to be mastered.” Choki Motobu. “Punching, striking, and kicking “are not the only methods in karate. “Throwing techniques and
submission holds are included. “All of these techniques should
be studied in basic kata.” Gichin Funakoshi. “Regardless of how many kata you know, “if your training is inadequate
they will be useless.” Kenwa Mabuni. The end.

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