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  - Spirit 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.