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#109175 - 07/10/02 11:24 PM Quotes and Sayings...
PrulonmillerNEAMA Offline

Registered: 07/10/02
Posts: 4
Loc: Pennington, New Jersey, USA
I'm trying to compile a list of great qoutes, sayings, and phrases pertaining to the martial arts, i.e. "minimum effort, maxiumum efficiency," etc..
Thank You, PRM

#109176 - 01/29/03 04:26 AM Re: Quotes and Sayings...
Budoka Offline

Registered: 05/26/02
Posts: 120
Loc: Frankston Victoria Australia
Hi, Sorry anyone if i have borrowed quotes from you or your masters, these are some that have stuck with me.

Yours in Budo

"Donít seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old, seek what they sought."

"1 breath, 1 action, 1 life."

"Dojoís and techniques may be found in many strange places."

"Each technique taught is a gift from master to student."

"Walk quietly through life but carry a big stick."

"Three essential things to make a good student-Honour,humbleness and loyalty."

"We are like iron ore-our instructor forges us, sharpens us, polishes us to make the Black belt (or katana) but if not used or practised with we return where we came, iron ore or a person from the street."

"The more we study the more we discover our ignorance."

"One should think of nothing but absorb everything."

"Black belt and white belt are the same, white belt is the beginning of technique-Black belt is the beginning of understanding. Both are beginner belts."

"The more I learn the more I believe I am just a beginner."

"Growth and progress are never seen by oneself but through the eyes of others."

"A lesson should not be seen for the technique but for the time it took the instructor to learn it so that it can be given."

"there is only one past but many futures."

"Only a true attack has a true defence."

"Second chances exist in the dojo not in the street."

"Strength should not be admired for what it is but for how it is used."

"The ultimate technique is to use minimum effort with maximum effectiveness."

"It is the person that makes the belt not the belt that makes the person."

"The limit of your technique is the lack of your imagination."

"The beginners mind has the ability to learn basics each time like the first time."

"Bowing expresses the essence of your art."

"It is only by really listening and seeing that we can truly understand the truth or falseness of something."

"To disarm someone with your words is more skilful than with the blade."

"In skill opposed but in spirit united."

"To learn with respect is to live with respect."

"Defeat the one that lies within and all others before you will fall."

"My thirst for knowledge and understanding is one which I have not quenched and probably never will."

"Respect must be a two way flow."

"A minor obstacle is often a stepping stone."

"Never demand loyalty in others when you yourself donít know what loyalty is."

"All of us are good and bad it is a measure of character how much we contain of either."

"None but a fool is always right."

"Weak men believe in luck strong men in cause and effect."

"Many who have much knowledge have little understanding."

"Three things that never come back-the spent arrow, the spoken word and the lost opportunity."

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, putting off a hard thing makes it impossible."

"The prickliest cactus can still give you water."

"Always teach not by words but by example."

"A small good deed is far better than any good intentions."

"A fool says I cant, a wise man says Iíll try."

"What ever we hope to do with ease we must first learn to do with diligence."

"If you want something you must be prepared to take it."

"Id rather be tried by twelve men than carried by six."

"An army is only as strong as its weakest point."

"The spectator can know nothing of the truth."

"The enemy advances-we retreat, The enemy camps-we harass, The enemy tires-we attack, The enemy retreats-we pursue."

"What doesnít destroy me makes me stronger."

"To be mature means to face and not evade every fresh crises that comes."

"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."

"An error doesnít become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."

"It is better to bend than to break."

"Preserve the old but know the new."

"Repartition may not entertain but it does teach us."
"Everything has its beauty but not all will see it."

"Never cut what you can untie."

"Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought."

"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without."

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, but when I do I understand."

"It is the body and not the head which should remember the order and development of a technique."

"It is essential that your sensei is not just merely pleased to see you but has respect for your efforts and intentions."

"Your force should go through your opponent not just stop at his body."

"That which is essential is not the quantity or the beauty but the quality."

"Unity of the action takes precedence over the speed of the action."

"The eyes must attack first of all then the foot or fist but both must reach the target at the same time."

"The spirit must draw together the body and the instincts."

"Painful exercises improve the concentration and enable you to find the truth about yourself."

"No pain-No gain."

"Nobody can take away your strength if you do not use it."

"The study of the principal in general terms is more important than the simple practice of martial arts."

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

"It is considered a great loss of face to lag behind the pace."

"When you see a worthy person emulate him when you see an unworthy person examine your inner self."

"A true black belt following the path of bushido unwittingly changes their ways for they can never be the same person again."

"Pain is just weakness leaving the body."

"The more you sweat in training the less you bleed in battle."

#109177 - 01/29/03 01:13 PM Re: Quotes and Sayings...
Cato Offline

Registered: 10/13/02
Posts: 1636
Budoka, here's another for your collection, one of my personal favourites:

"Less is more"

meaning, of course, that you can overdo things and have too much/many!!!


#109178 - 12/24/03 12:11 PM Re: Quotes and Sayings...
Ozmo Offline

Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 142
Loc: Kuopio, Finland
By yours truly:

"The secret to training a lot is to have nothing better to do."

Mind you, this can either mean that the no-life types like me can train a lot, or that if your priorities are straight there should be nothing that's more important than training for you. My wits suprise even myself sometimes. [IMG][/IMG]

Also one from Shorinji-ryu nidai soke Iwao Tamotsu (10. dan hanshi and some other nifty stuff):

"Power without the right conviction is mere violence, but the right conviction without power is useless."

#109179 - 05/26/04 08:29 AM Re: Quotes and Sayings...
ken harding Offline

Registered: 04/21/04
Posts: 721
Loc: UK
As you look up the ladder of enlightenment will find someone's rear end in your face

A favourite to keep one humble!

#109180 - 07/04/04 10:58 PM Re: Quotes and Sayings...
sophia Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 143
Loc: toronto
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

#109181 - 07/06/04 02:52 PM Re: Quotes and Sayings...

winning isnt everything, its the only thing.

keep ur friends close and your enemies closer.

#109182 - 07/09/04 01:38 AM Re: Quotes and Sayings...

this is a great quote from Mas Oyama the Kyokushin founder

"the more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war"


#109183 - 07/19/04 05:28 PM Re: Quotes and Sayings...

I have some quotes:

"Learn to block or you feast upon the flavor of defeat"

"The wise man is silent, while the fool can be heard from miles away"

"Impossible is just a word to let people feel good about themselves when they quit"

"If we challenge ourselves and never give up, our own horizons will broadin... In our hearts and in our minds"

#109184 - 07/20/04 07:53 PM Re: Quotes and Sayings...

My quotes are overused, but here they are!

"The mantis practitioner conquers by yielding."

"When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear."

"Kicking ass in high heels is a skill few will ever master."


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