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Karate Vocabulary: Niju Kun

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Karate Dojo Kun
Niju Kun
Twenty Rules of Karate
Created by Gichin Funakoshi


Karate Words and Phrases
空手道は礼に始まり礼に終る事を忘るな。

Karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasaru na.
Karate-do begins and ends with rei.


空手に先手なし

Karate ni sente nashi.
There is no first strike in karate.


空手は義の補け

Karate wa, gi no taske.
Karate stands on the side of justice.


先づ自己を知れ而して他を知れ

Mazu onore o shire, shikashite ta o shire.
First know yourself, then know others.


技術より心術

Gijitsu yori shinjitsu.
Mentality over technique.


心は放たん事を要す

Kokoro wa hanatan koto o yosu.
The mind must be set free.


禍は懈怠に生ず

Wazawai wa ketai ni seizu.
Calamity springs from carelessness.


道場のみの空手と思ふな

Dojo nomino karate to omou na.
Karate goes beyond the dojo.


空手の修業は一生である

Karate-do no shugyo wa isssho de aru.
Karate is a lifelong pursuit.


凡ゆるものを空手化せよ其処に妙味あり

Ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; sokoni myomi ari.
Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.


空手は湯の如し絶えず熱度を与えざれば元の水に還る

Karate Wa Yu No Gotoku Taezu Netsu O Atae Zareba Motono Mizuni Kaeru.
Karate is like boiling water; without heat, it returns to its tepid state.


勝つ考は持つな負けぬ考は必要

Katsu kangae wa motsuna; makenu kangae wa hitsuyo.
Do not think of winning. Think, rather, of not losing.


敵に因って轉化せよ

Tekki ni yotte tenka seyo.
Make adjustments according to your opponent.


戦は虚実の操縦如何に在り

Tattakai wa kyo-jitsu no soju ikan ni ari.
The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength).


人の手足を剣と思へ

Hi to no te-ashi wa ken to omoe.
Think of hands and feet as swords.


男子門を出づれば百万の敵あり

Danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari.
When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies.


構は初心者に後は自然体

Kamae wa shoshinsha ni atowa shizentai.
Kamae is for beginners; later, one stands in shizentai.


形は正しく実戦は別物

Kata wa tadashiku, jisen wa betsumono.
Perform kata exactly; actual combat is another matter.


力の強弱体の伸縮技の緩急を忘るな

Chikara no kyojaku tai 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.


常に思念工夫せよ

Tsune ni shinen ku fu seyo.
Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of the Way.

(The English was taken from the Niju Kun Wikipedia article--read it for more information)


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HawaiianBoy's picture

typo in the first audio

you put "a" instead of "wo" in the romanization

幸せになることを急がないで

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Fixed, thank you. :)

Fixed, thank you. :)

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思ふ

道場のみの空手と思ふな。
Shouldn't that be an う and not a ふ? As in 思う.

Don't complain to me that people kick you when you're down. It's your own fault for lying there

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It is correct (old way of

It is correct (old way of writing う). I confirmed it with the boss (Yumi) :) But this list came from Wikipedia, so it would be good to triple check.

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If you google images for niju

If you google images for niju kun there are plenty of images that are supposedly taken from Funakoshi's original. Reading his hand writing is beyond me but Yumi can probably make it out.

Don't complain to me that people kick you when you're down. It's your own fault for lying there

Missing Romaji

The next to the last sentence is missing the "o wasuru na"
But thank you so much for using the kanji whenever possible. These examples are great lessons for authentic language and philosophy.

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Thanks! Nice spotting.

Thanks! Nice spotting.

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