Martial Arts Quotes

“You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do.” Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan Karate)

“Things are difficult until they are easy.” Dave Kovar (founder ProMAC, the Professional Martial Arts College)

Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” Bruce Lee (founder of Jeet Kune do)

“Kata are not some kind of beautiful competitive dance, but a grand martial art of self-defense – which determines life and death.”  Kenwa Mabuni (founder of Shito-ryu Karate)

“You will raise (or lower) your game to fit with the people you hang out with, so pick the best.” Rory Miller – Training for Sudden Violence: 72 Practical Drills.

“If you haven’t done it live, you haven’t done it.” Iain Abernethy