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Inspirational Quotes

Here are some various quotes that may amuse you, may make you think about yourself and the way you train or may be a source of inspiration to you.


While being trained, the student is to be active and dynamic in every way. But in actual combat, his mind must be calm and not at all disturbed.

An old Shaolin saying: "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times"

“Repetition is the mother of skill”

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend, Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember.

Train hard... fight easy. Tomorrow's battle is won during today's practice. - Samurai maxim

In the course of achieving anything, nothing is more important than persistence. Battles are not fought during the fight but inside yourself when you train. The extra mile is the stretch of road that is never crowded.

“One of the most difficult things in the world is to know how to do something correctly, and to watch without comment, somebody else do it incorrectly”


He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

State of Mind

If you think you are beaten, you are; if you think you dare not, you don't! If you'd like to win, but you think you can't, it's almost certain you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost; for out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; it's all in the state of mind! If you think you're outclassed, you are; you've got to think high to rise. You've got to be sure of yourself before you'll ever win the prize. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man; but sooner or later the man who wins Is the person who thinks he can!

“It is better to learn to Endure, than to learn how to fight”

Who knows what?

"He who know not and knows not he knows not" "He is a fool - Shun him" "He who knows not and knows he knows not" "He is simple - Teach him" "He who knows and knows not he knows" "He is asleep - Awaken him" "He who knows and knows that he knows" "He is wise - Follow him" "Knowing is not enough, you must apply, Willing is not enough, you must do".

"Don't think, feel. It's like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger, or you will miss all the heavenly glory." - Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1974)

Jim Kelly from Enter the Dragon, when asked if he was worried about losing, said:

"I don't waste my time with it - when it comes, I'll be too busy looking good!"


The secret to getting ahead is getting started but the beginning is easy; to continue more difficult"

Extraordinary abilities can only come from extra ordinary efforts the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Can't is something capable people say to excuse themselves from trying.


Luck is preparation, meeting opportunity. It is a funny thing, the more I practice, the luckier I get. - Arnold Palmer.

Murphy's First Law: Nothing is as easy as it looks. Murphy's Second Law: Everything takes longer than you think. Murphy's Third Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time. Murphy's Fourth Law: If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. Murphy's Fifth Law: If anything just can't go wrong, it will anyway. Murphy's Sixth Law: If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. Murphy's law of thermodynamics: Things get worse under pressure.

Compiled by Sensei Gray

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As you may or may not be aware, Sensei Andy Gillies, one among us who has truly found karate-do, spends much time researching our chosen martial art and has given us all many insights into its meaning


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