The 20 Precepts or Ni-ju Kun

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The 20 Precepts were written by Gichin Funakoshi to not only promote the correct attitude and conduct within the Karate Dojo, but also to assist with the spiritual development of a karate-ka to gain improvements in all of life.

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[list_item]1 – Karate begins with courtesy and ends with courtesy[/list_item]
[list_item]2 – There is no first attack in karate[/list_item]
[list_item]3 – Karate is an aide to Justice[/list_item]
[list_item]4 – First know yourself before attempting to know others[/list_item]
[list_item]5 – Spirit first, technique second[/list_item]
[list_item]6 – Always be ready to release your mind/ The mind must be set free[/list_item]
[list_item]7 – Accidents arise from negligence/ Calamity springs from carelessness[/list_item]
[list_item]8 – Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo[/list_item]
[list_item]9 – It will take your entire life to learn karate, there is no limit[/list_item]
[list_item]10 – Put your everyday living into Karate and you will find ‘Myo’ (subtle secrets)[/list_item]
[list_item]11 – Karate is like boiling water. If you do not heat it constantly, it will cool[/list_item]
[list_item]12 – Do not think that you have to win, think rather that you do not have to lose[/list_item]
[list_item]13 – Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones[/list_item]
[list_item]14 – The outcome of the battle depends on how you handle weakness and strength[/list_item]
[list_item]15 – Think of your hands and feet as swords[/list_item]
[list_item]16 – When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you.  It is your behaviour that invites trouble from them[/list_item]
[list_item]17 – Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced[/list_item]
[list_item]18 – Practicing kata is one thing, engaging in a real fight is another[/list_item]
[list_item]19 – Do not forget to correctly apply: strength and weakness of power, stretching and contraction of the body and slowness and speed of techniques[/list_item]
[list_item]20 – Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day[/list_item]



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