Niju Kun

1.    Karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasureruna.

        Do not forget that karate begins with a bow and finishes with a bow.

2.    Karate ni sente nashi.

        In karate, never attack first.  

3.    Karate wa gi no tasuke.

        One who practices karate must follow the way of justice.

4.    Mazu jiko a shire, shikoshite ta o shire.

        Know yourself first, then you can know others.

5.    Gijutsu yori shinjutsu.

        Spirit and mind are more important than technique. 

6.    Kokoro wa hanatan koto o yosu. 

        Be ready to release your mind. 

7.    Waza wai wa ketai ni seizu.

        Misfortune comes out of idleness.

8.    Dojo nomino karate to omouna.

        Don't think that what you learn in karate can't be used outside the dojo. 

9.    Karate no shugyo wa issho.

        It will take all of your life to learn karate.

10.    Ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; soko ni myomi ari.  

        Put karate into your everyday living; that is how to see its true beauty.

11.    Karate wa yu no gotoshi taezu netsu o atazareba moto no mizu ni kaeru.

        Karate is just like hot water; if you do not give it continuous heat, it will become cold.

12.    Katsu kangae wa motsuna; makenu kangae wa hitsuyo.

        Do not cling to the idea of winning; it is the idea of not losing that is necessary. 

13.    Teki ni yotte tenka seyo.

        Move according to your opponent.

14.    Tatakai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari.

        In conflict, you must discern the vulnerable from the invulnerable points. 

15.    Hito no te-ashi o ken to omoe.

        Consider your opponent's legs and arms as you would lethal swords. 

16.    Danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari.

        Be aware at all times that you have millions of potential opponents.  

17.    Kamae wa shoshinsha ni atowa shizen-tai.

        Postured stance is for beginners; later comes naturalness.

18.    Kata wa tadashiku, jisen wa betsumono. 

        Kata is about correct and proper form; engaging in a real fight is something else. 

19.    Chikara no kyojaku, tai no shinshuko, waza no kankyu o wasureruna.

        Do not forget: 1) strength and weakness of power; 2) contraction and expansion of body; and 3) rhythm of techniques.  

20.    Tsune ni shinen kufu seyo. 

        Always create and devise.