Precepts

Now it is time to discuss rei gi saho, or dojo etiquette. As Master Funakoshi states, “Without courtesy you cannot practice Karate-do.” This applies not only to our training but to life in general.

The Twenty Precepts of Karate:

  1. Never forget: Karate begins with Rei and ends with Rei (Rei means courtesy or respect and is represented in karate by bowing)
  2. There is no first strike in karate
  3. Karate supports righeousness
  4. First understand yourself, then understand others
  5. The art of developing the mind is more important than the art of applying a technique
  6. The mind needs to be freed
  7. Trouble is born of negligence
  8. Do not think karate belongs only in the dojo
  9. Karate training requires a lifetime
  10. Transform everything into karate, therein lies its exquisiteness
  11. Genuine karate is like hot water, it cools down if you don’t keep on heating it
  12. Do not think of winning, you must think of not losing
  13. Transform yourself according to the opponent
  14. The outcome of a fight depends on one’s control
  15. Imagine one’s arms and legs are swords
  16. Once you have the shelter of home, there are a million enemies
  17. Postures are for the beginner, later they are natural positions
  18. Do the kata correctly, the real fight is a different matter
  19. Do not forget control of the dynamics of power, the elasticity of the body and the speed of the technique
  20. Always be good at the application of everything that you have learned