Gichin's Twenty Principles of Karate

These principles are often quoted and misquoted to the present day and offer some positive ideas on the practice of karate as a martial art as well as the psychological and spiritual development of the karateka. These principles are translated as follows:

  1. Never forget that karate begins and ends with respect.
  2.  There is no first attack in karate.
  3.  Karate fosters righteousness.
  4.  First know yourself and then know others.
  5.  Rather than physical technique, mental technique.
  6.  Let your mind roam freely.