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Ethical Principles in Martial Arts

 Mutual Respect & Co-operation - Jita Kyoei

Training the mind and the body should go hand in-hand and not remain divided entities.

The expression Jita Kyoei reflects the ideal that we train half for ourselves and half for others.  Jita Kyoei - mutual benefit, respect and co operation in

helping each other in the learning process  -   Dr Jigaro Kano

 Mutual Respect & Co-operation
Minimum Effort Maximum Efficiency - Seiryoko Zenyo​

The key component of the Ju or yielding principle found in the Japanese Internal Martial Arts (Judo, Jujitsu and GoJu Ryu Karate) and in the Chinese internal styles of Kung Fu

(Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Qua Chuan and Xing I Chuan) represents a disciplined and

highly effective form of hand to hand fighting  

Seiryoko Zenyo Minimum Effort Maximum Efficiency  -    Dr Jigaro Kano

Energy Efficiency


Martial Arts Collective Wisdom


"Go with the flow - More power to you"

"Study the old, understand the new"

 温故知新  On-Ko Chi-Shin

"The Art of Fighting, without Fighting"


Patrick McCarthy, Tino Ceberano and Deane Lawler.

Japanese Proverb

One thousand days to learn, ten thousand days to refine


 Principles of Neutrality
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of

great moral crises maintain their neutrality.    

Dante Alighieri

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference,

which is an elegant name for ignorance.
G. K. Chesterton 

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings

 endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. 

Elie Wiesel

If you are neutral in situations of injustice,

you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse

and you say that you are neutral,

the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. 

Bishop Desmond Tutu


Not enough! - It is not enough to prove something,

one also has to seduce or elevate people to it.

That is why the man of knowledge should learn how to speak his wisdom:

and often in such a way that it sounds like folly! 

Friedrich Nietzsche


謙 (ken) "modest" and 信 (shin) "truth"

No matter how you may excel in the art of Te (Karate),

and in your scholastic endeavors,

nothing is more important than your behaviour and

your humanity as observed in daily life.

Tei Junsuko (Nago Oyakata)


To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles

is not the highest skill.

To subdue the enemy without fighting

is the highest skill.

Sun Tsu The Art of War


There is no first strike in Karate.

Master Gichin Funakoshi


Karate begins and ends with courtesy  

Master Gichin Funakoshi


Even after many years, kata practice is never finished,

for there is always something new to be learned

about executing a movement.

Master Shoshin Nagamine


Nothing in the world can be compared to water 

for its weak and yielding nature;

yet in attacking the hard and the strong

nothing proves better than it.

For there is no alternative to it.

The weak can overcome the strong and

the yielding can overcome the hard.

This all the world knows but does not practice.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu


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