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"Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back."
Heraclitus


"The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit."
Morihei Ueshiba


"Once a kata has been learned, it must be practiced repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergency, for knowledge of just the sequence of a form in Karate is useless."
Gichin Funakoshi


"A kata is not fixed or immoveable. Like water, it’s ever changing and fits itself to the shape of the vessel containing it. However, kata are not some kind of beautiful competitive dance, but a grand martial art of self-defense – which determines life and death."
Kenwa Mabuni


"In the old days we trained Karate as a martial art, but now they train Karate as a gymnastic sport. I think we must avoid treating Karate as a sport – it must be a martial art at all times! Your fingers and the tips of your toes must be like arrows, your arms must be like iron. You have to think that if you kick, you try to kick the enemy dead. If you punch, you must thrust to kill. If you strike, then you strike to kill the enemy. This is the spirit you need in order to progress in your training. "
Choshin Chibana


"Nothing is more harmful to the world than a martial art that is not effective in actual self-defense."
Choki Motobu


"You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down 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


"A punch should stay like a treasure in the sleeve. It should not be used indiscrimately."
Chotoku Kyan


"The techniques of kata have their limits and were never intended to be used against an opponent in an arena or on a battlefield."
Choki Motobu


"All kata use the so-called postures (kamae). In fact, there are many kinds of postures and many kinds of kata. While learning these postures should not be totally ignored, we must be careful not to overlook that they are just forms or templates of sort; it is the function of their application which needs to be mastered."
Choki Motobu


"Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price."
Sun Tzu


"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."
Sun Tzu


"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
Sun Tzu


"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
Sun Tzu


"Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
Sun Tzu


"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."
Sun Tzu


"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near."
Sun Tzu


"If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected."
Sun Tzu


"Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment β€” that which they cannot anticipate."
Sun Tzu


"Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain."
Sun Tzu


"So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak."
Sun Tzu


"Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him."
Sun Tzu