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Philosophy of SCKFI

Forging a Karate Mind Karate is not a game of points, weight classes or showy demonstrations. It is a martial art and way of life that trains a practitioner to be peaceful; but if conflict is unavoidable, true karate dictates taking down an opponent with a single blow. Such an action requires strength, speed, focus, control. But these physical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just the vehicle, not the journey itself. True karate is based on Bushido. In true karate, the body, mind and spirit—the whole person—must be developed simultaneously. Through kihon, kumite and kata we learn to control our movements. But more importantly, we learn to give up control too. We can perform the tech niques without thinking about them, and remain focused without having to concentrate on any one thing. In essence, the body remembers how to move and the mind remembers how to be still. This harmonious unity of mind and body is intensely powerful. Even the greatest physical strength and skill are no match for the power of wholeness. The result of true karate is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through perfect unity of mind and body. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido, and the of the Shotokan Chidokan Karate-Do Federation India philosophy.

Shihan Hiroshi Nakajima
Master Gichin Funakoshi

Master Gichin Funakoshi

Founder of Shotokan Karate-Do
  • Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy.
  • There is no first attack in karate.
  • Karate is an aid to Justice.
  • First control yourself before attempting to control others.
  • Spirit first, technique second.
  • Always be ready to release your mind.
  • Accidents arise from neglect.
  • Do not think that Karate training is only in the dojo.
  • It will take your entire life to learn Karate; there is no limit.
  • Put your everyday living into Karate and you will find Myo (The subtle secrets!).
  • Karate is like boiling water. If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool.
  • Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose.
  • Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.
  • The battle is according to how you move guarded and unguarded (move according to your opponent!).
  • Think of your hands and feet as swords.
  • When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.
  • It is your behavior that invites trouble from them.
  • Beginners must master low stance and posture; natural body positions are for the advanced.
  • Practicing a Kata is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another.
  • Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body and slowness and speed of techniques.


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