Precepts For Mastering Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine

The following are precepts for mastering karate-do

  1. He is human and so am I.
  2. I cannot develop my own potentialities when in the trap of self-limitations.
  3. I must discard this self-limitation. If he practices 3 times, I must practice 6 times.
  4. “Do not depend upon others for your improvement.” Musashi Miyamoto, Japan’s greatest swordsman, once said, “Pay your respects to the Gods and Buddha’s, but never rely on them.”
  5. Earnestly cultivate your mind as well as your body and believe in yourself.
  6. 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.

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