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Take some time to meditate on these words of wisdom

 "Karate Ni Sente Nashi" -- There is No First Attack in Karate. -- A calligraphy from the Nagamine honbu dojo.

 "Mazu Sono Kokoro Wo Tadase" -- First purify your mind. -- A calligraphy from the Nagamine honbu dojo.

 Karate begins with courtesy and ends with it. Therefore, we must be courteous to seniors, juniors, friends, and even foes. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 Even after many years, kata practice is never finished, for there is always something new to be learned about executing a movement. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 Karate-do may be referred to as the conflict within yourself, or a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training, and your own creative efforts. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 A karateman must always try to keep his body and mind clean and right. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 The dojo is the place where courage is fostered and superior human nature is bred through the ecstacy of sweating in hard work. It is the sacred place where the human spirit is polished. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 Karate ultimately produces in the individual a vital concentration of energy that expands to heroic proportions in times of crisis. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 Karate-do is definitely a martial way, and its identity lies in do or principles. Any martial art without proper training of the mind turns into beastly behavior. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 If he practices three times, I must practice six times. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 Once when asked for a brief definition of a good Karate person, Osensei Shoshin Nagamine replied: Kisshu fushin, Oni te hotoke kokoro. A demon's hand, a saint's heart. -- Osensei Shoshin Nagamine

 No matter how you may excel in the art of te, and in your scholastic endeavors, nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life. -- Teijunsoku (Nago Oyakata)

 True art has no goal and no purpose. -- Master Awa, Kyudo master

 One is eager to understand and explain everything. But when a man tries to express what he thinks he has understood, he is like an invalid. Words are his prison. -- Kosei Takano, Kendo master




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