Niju Kun: The 20 Guiding Principles

 

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一、空手道は礼に始まり礼に終る事を忘るな

Hitotsu, karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasuruna
Karate Begins with "Rei' (Pronounced "ray").  Rei embodies respect and etiquitte.

一、空手に先手なし

Hitotsu, karate ni sente nashi
There is no first strike in karate.

一、空手は義の補け
Hitotsu, karate wa, gi no tasuke
Karate stands on the side of justice.

一、先づ自己を知れ而して他を知れ
Hitotsu, mazu onore o shire, shikashite ta o shire
First know yourself, then know others.

一、技術より心術
Hitotsu, gijutsu yori shinjitsu
Mentality over technique.

一、心は放たん事を要す
Hitotsu, kokoro wa hanatan koto o yosu
The heart must be set free.

一、禍は懈怠に生ず
Hitotsu, wazawai wa ketai ni seizu
Calamity springs from carelessness.

一、道場のみの空手と思ふな
Hitotsu, dojo nomino karate to omou na
Karate goes beyond the dojo.

一、空手の修業は一生である
Hitotsu, karate-do no shugyo wa issho de aru
Karate is a lifelong pursuit.

一、凡ゆるものを空手化せよ其処に妙味あり
Hitotsu, ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; soko ni myomi ari
Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.

一、空手は湯の如し絶えず熱度を与えざれば元の水に還る
Hitotsu, karate wa yu no gotoshi taezu netsu o ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru
Karate is like boiling water; without heat, it returns to its tepid state.

一、勝つ考は持つな負けぬ考は必要
Hitotsu, katsu kangae wa motsuna; makenu kangae wa hitsuyo
Do not think of winning. Think, rather, of not losing.

一、敵に因って轉化せよ
Hitotsu, tekki ni yotte tenka seyo
Make adjustments according to your opponent.

一、戦は虚実の操縦如何に在り
Hitotsu, tatakai wa kyojitsu no soju ikan ni ari
The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength).

一、人の手足を剣と思へ
Hitotsu, hito no teashi wa ken to omoe
Think of hands and feet as swords.

一、男子門を出づれば百万の敵あり
Hitotsu, danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari
When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies.

一、構は初心者に後は自然体
Hitotsu, kamae wa shoshinsha ni ato wa shizentai
Formal stances are for beginners; later, one stands naturally.

一、形は正しく実戦は別物
Hitotsu, kata wa tadashiku, jisen wa betsumono
Perform kata exactly; actual combatis another matter.

一、力の強弱体の伸縮技の緩急を忘るな
Hitotsu, chikara no kyojakutai no shinshuku waza no kankyu o wasuruna
Do not forget the employment of withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique.

一、常に思念工夫せよ
Hitotsu, tsune ni shinen ku fu seyo
Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of the Way.

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