Master Funakoshi devised and taught the 20 Precepts of Karate.
Karate being more than just a Art or Training, but a way of life.

  1. Karate begins and ends with courtesy.
  2. There is no first attack in karate.
  3. Karate is an aid to justics.
  4. First control yourself before you attempt to control others.
  5. Spirit first, technique second.
  6. Always be ready to release your mind.
  7. Accidents arise from negligence
  8. Don't think of karate training is only in the dojo.
  9. It will take your entire life to learn karate training; there is no limit.
  10. Put your everyday living into karate and you will find "Myo" (subtle secrets).
  11. Karate is like boiling water. If you don't heat it constantly it will cool.
  12. Don't think you have to win, rather that you don't have to lose.
  13. Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable points.
  14. The battle is according to how you move guarded and unguarded. (Move according to your opponent.)
  15. Think of your hands and feet as swords.
  16. When you leave home think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you. It is your behavior that invites trouble from them.
  17. Beginners must master low stances and posture; Natural body positions are for the advanced.
  18. Practicing kata is one think, engaging in a real fight is another.
  19. Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power; stretching and contracting of the body and the slowness and speed of the techniques.
  20. Always think and devise ways to live the precepts everyday.