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Gichin Funakoshi

    1868 - 1957

The father of modern karate.

Bembridge Shotokan Karate Club

1  - Karate Do begins and ends with a bow


2  - There is no first strike in karate


3  - Karate stands on the side of justice


4  - First know yourself, then know others


5  - Mentality over technique


6  - The heart must be set free


7  - Calamity springs from carelessness


8  - Karate goes beyond the dojo


9  - Karate is a lifelong pursuit


10 - Apply the way of karate to all things, therein lies it's beauty


11 - Karate is like boiling water; without heat, it returns to it's tepid state


12 - Do not think of winning, think rather of not losing


13 - Make adjustments according to your opponent


14 - The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness                  (weakness and strength)


15 - Think of hands and feet as swords


16 - When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies


17 - Formal stances are for beginners; later, one stands naturally


18 - Perform prescribed sets of techniques exactly; actual combat is another matter


19 - Do not forget to employ the withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of            the body and the swift or leisurely application of technique


20 - Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful in your pursuit of the way

 The Niju Kun are Master Funokoshi's twenty instructions  karate ka are encouraged to live by, practice and display.

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