Underlying Principles of Karate
"I will train faithfully to strengthen my mind and body. I am willing to endure rigorous training to achieve my goal. As my strength increases I shall seek to cultivate a gentle heart. I will not use my skill outside the dojo except in the most extreme circumstances. At all times I will try to avoid inflicting injury upon another person. I will not brag about my skill nor will use it maliciously. I will train with the spirit of humility."
The tremendous speed and power generated in the execution of Karate techniques has long been thought to have originated from the Occult, knowledge shrouded in secrecy and mystery. When analyzed, all Karate techniques can are based on, and governed by, scientific principles. Similarly, the lightning fast reactions, which appear to make the attack and counter-attack one and the same, can be understood by applying psychological principles. At a very high level it is possible to sense or feel the other person’s intended move, an ability present in move animals but usually dormant in Man.