“To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other"


"Kick the tree... your brother, remember?"

Old Thai guy from "Kickboxer"

All capoeirista must understand that capoeira is NOT a mix with dance and fight. It's fight... DISGUISED as a dance.


I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee

Although it is important to study and train for skill in techniques, for the man who wishes to truly accomplish the way of Budo, it is more important to make his whole life in training and therefore not aiming for skill and strength alone, but also for spiritual attainment.

Mas Oyama

Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.

Morihei Ueshiba

"…in Zen first comes technique, practiced so many times that it is forgotten. Then you begin to use it. It is when you do not think about it anymore that you do it so well. Zen is no more than that. But it is reaching that state that the training is all about. The professional dancer who makes it look easy has trained constantly and endured great pain. The tennis pro who flies around the court, making impossible shots, does so not because of any superhuman qualities but because he has practiced and practised, as the dancer has, until the movements are internalized. There is no longer any conscious direction in the movement. When you marvel at the way someone whips up a dinner for ten on short notice, or the way someone makes an impromptu speech, you are marvelling at the same thing - the approach, the confidence, the naturalness of the behaviour. There was not time to prepare, no time to think, no time to hesitate. There you are. Zen."

Miyamoto Musashi
"The book of five rings"

Tameshiwari, the art of breaking wood, tile, bricks and stone with the fist or the bare foot, is not a purpose of karate, but rather serves as a barometer of acquired strength and technique. It is useful for this purpose because in kumite (sparring) you must never actually touch the opponent for fear of causing extreme physical injury.

"Karate School" by Mas Oyama

A dog at play has the mind of a wise martial arts master, a mind capable of perfect focus.


To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.

Bruce Lee

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-do.

Gichin Funakoshi

The ultimate aim of karate-do lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.

Gichin Funakoshi

Hoping to see Karate included in the universal physical education taught in our public schools, I set about revising the kata so as to make them as simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too. The Karate that high school students practice today is not the same Karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago, and it is a long way indeed from the Karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa.

Gichin Funakoshi