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Postby yat_chum » Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:47 am

Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really NO PATH.
- Ueshiba Morihei
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:46 am

The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle. - Motto of the Navy Seals
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Postby Inga » Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:55 am

It is the triumph of reason to get on well with those who possess none. Voltaire
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:43 am

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Sun-tzu (~400 BC), The Art of War. Strategic Assessments
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:59 am

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:39 am

Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. - African proverb
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:32 am

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.
John Keats (1795 - 1821)
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Mar 12, 2006 2:53 am

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:17 am

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
Marie Curie (1867 - 1934), letter to her brother, 1894
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:25 am

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:23 am

Spirit first, technique second
By Master Gichin Funakoshi, from The Karate-Do Kyohan
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:53 pm

To get thine ends, lay bashfulness aside; Who fears to ask, doth teach to be deny'd.
Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)
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Postby Inga » Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:55 pm

jo, any idea who said "spirit first, technique second" ?
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:08 am

A man who loves music can make great progress in karate; a man who does not love music will never perform karate correctly. Mas Oyama


Hi Inga, "Spirit first, technique second" was by Master Gichin Funakoshi, from The Karate-Do Kyohan. In finding this out I also found some other good stuff that I might use at a later date. Thankyou. I thought that I would post one of my favourite Karate quotes. I know that I have used this elsewhere in the forum but what the hey. Cheers Jo A.K.A. Yat chum (speck of dust)
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:39 am

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”
Morihei Ueshiba
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:37 am

What is success?

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Postby yat_chum » Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:50 am

Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., O Magazine, December 2003
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:19 am

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyway.”
Mary Kay Ash
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:22 am

“Sao gerk seung siu, mo jit jiu” (Hands and feet defend accordingly, there are no secret unstoppable manoeuvres). GM Yip Man
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:49 am

"Like a Blacksmith pounding a piece of red-hot metal, hard training shapes and changes your body and mind. It is not by rubbing or patting it, but only through continous hard work that an ordinary object can become a sword."
-Helwig
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