We have outlined the translation of the 20 guiding principles of Karate below but you will find the meanings to these principles in the book itself. The word Hitotsu, meaning "one" or "first" is prepended to each rule to place it at the same level of importance as the others.

1. Do not forget that Karate-Do begins and ends with 'rei'
1. There is no first strike in Karate
1. Karate stands on the side of justice
1. First know yourself and then others
1. Mentality over technique
1. The mind must be set free
1. Calamity springs from carelessness
1. Karate goes beyond the dojo
1. Karate is a lifelong pursuit
1. Apply the way of Karate to all things. Therein lies it's beauty
1. Karate is like boiling water: without heat, it returns to it's tepid state
1. Do not think of winning. Think rather of not losing
1. Make adjustment according to your opponent
1. The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength)
1. Think of the opponent's hands and feet as swords
1. When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies
1. Kamae (Ready stance) is for beginners; later, one stands in shizentai (natural stance)
1. Perform kata exactly; Actual combat is another matter
1. Do not forget the employment or the withdraw of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique
1. Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful in your pursuit of the Way