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Famous Quotes by Gichin Funakoshi

Gichin Funakoshi - Founder of Shotokan Karate-Do

Gichin Funakoshi

"Spirit first, technique second."


"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."


"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants."


"To practice kata is not to memorize an order. You must find the kata that works for you, understand them, digest them and stick with them for life."


"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."


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