The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate

Gichin Funakoshi "The father of Karate" once said;

"The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."

To support this life-long stance and offer guidance to future practitioners, Funakoshi penned his now legendary twenty principles. These principles are explained in detail in the book "The Twenty Guiding Principles Of Karate - The spiritual legacy of the Master Gichin Funakoshi". (Translated by John Teramoto). I expect all higher belts of Kosmo SKC to have this book and study it before they go for their black belt.

Master Funakoshi's approach stresses spiritual considerations and mental agility over brute strength and technique.

Practitioners should not rely on technique alone - striking, kicking, blocking - but must nurture the spiritual aspects of their practice as well. Attend to yourself and the rest will follow, was the message he set for posterity over sixty years ago.

As axioms, Funakoshi's principles are open to various interpretations. "There is no first attack in Karate" has occasioned endless discussion about its true meaning. Many of these ambiguities are clarified in the commentary (which you will find in the book), which is also filled with philosophical musings, fascinating historical episodes, and advice for anyone seeking a better Way.


Go to the next page to see the precepts in english