Kyoshi's Technique of the Week


Technique of the Week (July 27th, 2009)

Tamir Sensei, Shihan
Ueshiro Suntree YMCA Karate Dojo

Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA


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Quoted from the 12th principle of the Twenty Guiding Principles of
KARATE by Gichin Funakoshi (and Genwa Nakasone):

... The mental attitude that considers only winning inevitably breeds
excessive optimism and causes impatience and fretfulness.
Practitioners who think only of winning lose their sense of humility.
They begin to ignore or disregard those around them, an attitude that
can create many enemies.

The best attitude to adopt is this: Based on our true strength and
unshakable conviction, we are firmly resolved in our own mind not to
lose to any opponent regardless of who he may be; yet, with a mild
demeanor, we try as far as possible to avoid friction with others.

Follow the saying, "When angered he can make even a ferocious beast
crouch in fear, but when he smiles even little children run to him."
A samurai with false courage is tough on the outside and soft on the
inside; the truly courageous person is gentle on the outside and tough
inside.

Karate-do has always been regarded as the martial art of gentlemen.
The everyday mentality of the practitioner of karate-do should aspire
to be outwardly gentle but inwardly strong ...

[Master Gichin Funakoshi's book listed above is highly recommended
reading.]

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu

Tamir Sensei, Shihan
Ueshiro Suntree YMCA Karate Dojo

Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA