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"As the stress in following a way lies in action, it follows that while a teacher may be very valuable, the ultimate authority is the student's own experience. The teacher's role is to create situations whereby the student learns from experience, and blind faith in anything is regarded as ultimately pointless"
-Harry Cook. Shotokan karate, a precise history.
"Too much emphasis is put on the leg doing the kicking, and typically how high can you get it, why I don't know, because your opponent is attacking you from the front, not dropping out of the ceiling!"
-Dennis Ansell. Harada Sensei at Chelmsford. Inteveiw in Traditional Karate 54.
"The senior shotokan teachers all decry the pernicious influence of sport, and yet they continue to promote sporting events for their students. In this way they give lip service to Funakoshi's ideals while totally ignoring the implementations of those ideals"
-Harry Cook. Shotokan Karate, a precise history.
"Today, the majority of japanese engaged in karate'do train for the purpose of becoming skilful in competition; all else is secondary...Japanese karate'do in general...eventually became only a quasi combat form because both wepons and throwing techniques were discarded. Furthermore, many of the techniques developed, if used under the conditions of serious combat, are reckless and liable to cause serious injury to the user"
-Donn F. Draeger, Modern Bujutsu and Budo.
"Today, the fact that there is lots and lots of functions to do with sports is marvellous and great. But, perhaps it should be given a different name, because it is not what karate used to be"
-Bozenna Tedder, Nick Adamou: Karate - A way of life for all one's life, Traditional Karate 3.
"You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself"
"Martial arts teaches us that the enemy is none other than oneself. The truely strongest man is the one that can face himself, constantly, all his life. He does not need a championship trophy in his hand"
-Tsutomu Ohshima, Bye gone budo & progress, Karate and Oriental Arts 112-22 (trans. P. Crompton)
"Not only did much of this have little to do with traditional japanese training, it had even less to do with training the individual for combat. Its aim was to develop a strong and cohesive group mentality, instilled with militant, nationalistic fervor. This behavior was strictly the result of the military's influence on budo training in the schools, and it did not stem from the influence of traditional bushi behavior"
-Diane Skoss, Koryu Bujutsu Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan.
"When all men think alike, no one thinks very much"
"You see things as they are and ask, why? I dream things as they never were and ask, why not?"
-George Bernard Shaw.
"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise men of old. Seek what they sought"