Quotes
Words of Advise, Wisdom, Vision, Experience and Philosophy.


Talk is cheap, pain says so much more... 

Old bugei proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

Its not whether you die for your country, but rather making your enemies die for theirs.

Unknown

"The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them."


Do not believe a thing
simply because it has been said.

Buddha

In the practice of tolerance,
ones enemy is the best teacher.

Dalai Lama

A tree that is unbending is easily broken.

Lao-tzu

Mischief all comes from much opening of the mouth.

Chinese Proverb

"When the enemy makes a quick attack, you must attack strongly and calmly, aim for his weak point as he draws near, and strongly defeat him."

Miyamoto Musashi-- , The Book of Five Rings

Don't let the white belt fool you. . 
I know even less than you might think.

Humility

death is a light as a feather, duty as heavy as a mountain.

Unknown

A Punch only Hurts if it connects, be somewhere else before the connection is made

Unknown at this time

The Nail That Sticks Out....................Gets Hammered !!!

Sensei Randy Martin

“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.”

Miyamoto Musashi

A man is not old until regret takes the place of dreams.

unknown

When water joins with water,
It is not a meeting but a unification.

Swami Prajnanpad

The warrior must only take care
that his spirit is never broken.

Shissai

A wound caused by fire will eventually heal;
but a wound caused by the tongue leaves a scar that never heals.

Valluvar

Duties can be thrust upon others.
Responsibilities are taken up by oneself.

Maa Purnananda

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent conquer him with love.

Mahatma Gandhi

It is better to practice
a little than talk a lot.

Muso Kokushi

Everything is perfect,
it just needs a little improvement.

Suzuki Roshi

"The Way of the warrior is a Way of life and can never be considered as a hobby unless you are seeking only to impress others with your techniques."

Book of Five Rings

Better to see the face than to hear the name.

Zen saying

Fundamentally the marksman aims at himself.

Zen and the Art of Archery

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness.
they are signs of strength.

Dalai Lama

Cut down the whole forest of desire,
not just one tree only.

The Dhammapada

All things are linked together through cause and effect. There is no such thing as an accident.

Swami Prajnanpad

Slow down and the thing you are chasing will come around and catch you.

Zen Saying

Not to have any desire whatsoever --
that is the way.

Keizam

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.
It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

Rabindranath Tagore

A one sided martial artist is a blind martial artist.


"If we all insist on 'an eye for an eye,' soon the whole world will be blind."

Gandhi

The bird in a forest can perch but on one bough.
And this should be the wise mans pattern

Tso Ssu

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

Kahlil Gibran

It is only change that is at work here.

I Ching

"I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow."

Woodrow Wilson

A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.

~ Lao-Tzu

It's not whether you get knocked down,
it's whether you get up.

~ Vince Lombardi

Teachers open the door,
but you must enter by yourself

~ Chinese Proverb

Remember... you are expressing the technique, not doing the technique

~ Bruce Lee

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is why so few engage in it

~ Henry Ford

Boards don't hit back.

~ Bruce Lee

Some Warriors look fierce, but are mild. Some seem timid, but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage.

~ Deng Ming-Dao

"The fastest draw is when the sword never leaves the scabbard,
The strongest way to block, is never to provoke a blow,
And the cleanest cut is the one withheld."

unknown at this time

"A black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist. Being a black belt is a state of mind and attitude."


"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill."

- Sun-Tsu

"In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won."

~Miyamoto Musashi~

"Though a man should conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, he who conquers himself is the greatest warrior."

The Dhammapada

"Progress is gradual, it goes step by step, there is no sudden penetration to insight."


"What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate."

Henry David Thoreau

"A champion is someone who sweats to exhaustion, even when no one else is watching."

Bas Rutten

"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be"

Bruce Lee

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend."

Bruce Lee

"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."

Bruce Lee

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

General George Washington

That which doesn't kill me, will make me stronger!


The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.


Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it.

unknown

"Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price."--

Sun Tzu

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. --

Napoleon Bonaparte

Only the dead have seen the end of the war. --

Plato

All war is deception. --

Sun Tzu

"Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless."


A nation that has too broad a difference between it's Scholars and it's Warriors, will have it's thinking done by cowards and it's fighting done by fools.

Thucydides

Thoughts become Actions
Actions repeated create Habits
Habits build your Destiny


I did battle with ignorance today.......and ignorance won.


Practice does not make perfect.
Perfect practice makes perfect.

Randy Martin Shihan

Praise be to the LORD my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.

Psalm 144:1

Pour your spirit and heart
Into daily technical training
To approach the many through a single principle
This is "The Way of the Fighting Man"


If one makes a distinction between the dojo and the battlefield, or being in your bedroom or in public, then when the time comes there will be no opportunity to make amends.

Hagakure

It is essential to see both sides without moving the eyeballs.

Miyamoto Musashi

Fixation is the way to death,
fluidity is the way to life.

Miyamoto Musashi

"IF YOU SEEK MASTERY OF THE SWORD,
FIRST SEEK SINCERITY OF THE HEART,
THE FORMER IS BUT JUST A REFLECTION
OF THE LATTER"


There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion of life.

- Frederico Fellini -

*We are what we repeatedly do....

 Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit* 

Aristotle

Happiness comes when your work and words

are of benefit to yourself and others.

Buddha

When you convince your mind of its accomplishing power, you can do anything !

Paramahansa Yogananda

We do not have the right to force others to see the Truth in our way.

Mahatma Gahndi

Sometimes, simply by sitting the soul collects wisdom

Zen Saying

Ego-soul is the seed of birth and death.
And the foolish call it true man.

Zuigan

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.

Dalai Lama

The Bull is Strong.......

but the Matador is Smarter.

Muhamad Ali

It is necessary that we know with absolute certainty that in essence we are spirit.

Rabindranath Tagore

We can think of the soul
not as an entity but as a principle.

D.T. Suzuki

"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,
the first of which is to be flexible at all times."

Everett Dirksen

"When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone."

Winston Churchill

Everywhere everything is connected to everything else.
Each question receives the correct answer.

Swami Prajnanpad

"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires."

William Arthur Ward

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

Ben Franklin

Do not initiate first strike. But strike first.

Michael E. Odell

"This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live."

General Omar Bradley

He who knows he has enough is rich.

Tao te Ching

We must always bear in mind that we are not going to be free, but are free already.
Every idea that we are bound is a delusion.

Swami Vivekananda

Health, contentment and trust are your greatest possessions, and freedom your greatest joy.

The Dhammapada

If you see the soul in every living being, you see truely.

The Bhagavad Gita

To understand the currents of a river, he who wishes to know the truth must enter the water.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

To know the road ahead,
ask those coming back.

Chinese Proverb

Wise people know that what is here, is also over there; that what was, will also be. They see unity, not division.

The Upanishads

He who knows others is  wise;
he who knows himself is enlightened.

Lao-tzu

There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment;
There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.

Dogen

Knowledge is the best kind of wealth.

Dalai Lama

To understand everything
is to forgive everything.

Buddha

Fearlessness is the first requirement of spirituality.
Cowards can never be moral.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you know your own limits and try to stay within these limits, you are free.

Swami Prajnanpad

Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

Kahlil Gibran

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.

Dalai Lama

If you are irritated by every rub, 
how will your mirror be polished?

Djalal ad-Din Rumi

Calm in quietude is not real calm; when you can be calm in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature.

Huanchu Daoren

Wherever there is attachment; Association with it brings endless misery.

Gampopa

When I hear I see, when I see I hear.

Zen koan

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears

Marcus Aurelius

Meditation is not the means to an end.
It is both the means and the end.

Krishnamaturi

How you do anyting
is how you do everything.

Zen Saying

Life is a game ... play it.
Life is a challenge ...meet it.
Life is a dream ... realize it.
Life is a sacrafice ... offer it.
Life is love ... enjoy it.

Sai Baba

There are two ways of avoiding war:
One is to satisfy everyones desire,
the other,
to content oneself with the good.

Unto Tahtinen

The Lord of Law, to whom we have to render the account, is the Soul within us.

Gopal Singh

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.

Dalai Lama

When you see clearly,
the problem is gone.

Krishnamurti

To awaken the heart is to
awaken the dormant soul.

Mahatma Ganhdi

This "I and mine" causes the whole misery.

Swami Vivekananda

"If you don't realize you can kill someone with a bokken,
I don't want you using one in MY dojo..."


"Pain is weakness leaving the body."


"Black Belt -- A white belt that never quit!"


Sword and mind must be united. Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough."

Yamada Jirokichi

Outside noisy,
inside empty.

Chinese Proverb

Be kind when ever possible......
It is always possible.

Dalai Lama

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

Lao-tzu

It is there, right where you are;
If you seek it, obviously
you do not see it.

Muso Kokushi

Live your own life.
That is to say,
where you are,
with what you are and
with who you are.

Swami Prajnanpad

Not too loose (yin)
not too tight (yang)

Zen Saying

If you are too excited by joy,
later you will have to cry.

Tibetan Saying

Looking at small advantages
prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Confucius

Have much and be confused.

Tao te Ching

The fool who knows he is a fool is for that very reason wise.
The fool who thinks himself wise is the greatest fool of all.

Shakyamuni

It does not matter how slowly you go
so long as you do not stop.

Confucius

The man who moves a mountain
begins by carrying away small stones

Confucius

Learning without thought is labor lost;
thought without learning is perilous.


Confucius

It is easy to shield our bodies against poison arrows from without
but difficult to shield our minds from poison darts from within.

Shakyamuni

If you try to aim for it,
you are turning away from it.

Zen Master

The person who confesses ignorance shows it once;
the person who conceals it shows it many times.

Japanese Proverb

Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part.

Bodhidharma

A single bad word can destroy
a vast quantity of good.

Valluvar

There is no master,
there is no instructor,
there is no person to tell
you what you must do.

Krishnamurti

Take a man where he stands,
and from thence give him a lift.

Swami Vivekananda

"We" and "they" no longer exist.
This planet is just us.
The destruction of one area is
the destruction of yourself.
This is the new reality.

Dalai Lama

If you are in the moment,
you are in the infinite.

Swami Prajnanpad

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment.
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

The Dhammapada

The most important point
is to accept yourself
and stand on your own two feet.

Shunryu Suzuki

The reverse side also
has its reverse side.

Japanese Proverb

Always act according to the highest moral standards, both in private and in public.

The Upanishads

To see and listen to the wicked
is already the beginning of wickedness.

Confucius

To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill.
To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.

Sun Tzu

Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know.

Tao te Ching

I have taught that when error ceases,
You know yourself for what you are.

Saraha's Treasury of Songs

The gods do not deduct from ones life the hours spent loving.

Ancient Chinese Proverb

Muddy water,
let stand,
becomes clear.

Lao-tzu

Hope and fear cannot alter the seasons.

Chogyam Trungpa

There is no weapon more powerful in achieving the truth than acceptance of oneself.

Swami Prajnanpad

Duties to self, to the family, and the country, and the world are not independent of one another.

Mahatma Gandhi

To live completely, fully, in the moment is to live with what is. the actual, without any sense of condemnation or justification-
then you understand it so totally that you are finished with it.

Krishnamurti

Open your heart and speak.
Open your eyes and see. At the moment that you look with your eyes wide open, everywhere you will find differences, and infinite variety.

Swami Prajnanpad

Ears Hear and Eyes See,
What then does the mind do?

Zen Saying

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."

 

Edward Stanley, 19th century British Prime Minister

"A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs."

 

Joan Welsh, Writer

"Fitness - if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body."

Cher

Do not put your faith in traditions only because they have been honored by many generations.

Buddha

If we do not yet know about life,
how can we know about death?

Confucius

Though we may take various roads, all are on the way.

Swami Vivekananda

"To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love."

Alan Bleasdale

I hope that one day I will earn the right to breath a heavy breath of enlightenment

Unknown

I am NOT homophobic...
I am NOT afraid of my own house!




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