The Twenty Precepts of Gichin Funakoshi – No. 20

‘Always think and devise ways to live the precepts every day’

This precept comprises the idea behind all the previous ones, which

is to be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful. Five or ten years of leisurely practice does not make a master of a martial art.  It is only after decades of hard work, constant practice, and trying every day to live by the principles outlined in the Twenty Precepts that a person can find their way to true understanding.

Laziness and pride impede advancement.  Instead try to be mindful, diligent and resourceful.  These ideas also apply to your dealings in everyday life.  By following them in and outside the dojo, your understanding of life in general will increase.

By Karly West

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