Saturday, March 21, 2009

assorted martial arts quotes

In those days contests were extremely rough and frequently cost the participants their lives. Thus, whenever I sallied forth to take part in any of those affairs, I invariably bade farewell to my parents, since I had no assurance that I should ever return alive.
--Sakujiro Yokoyama

Ask for practices. S. Kotani is a fine example. During his student days, he would practice with every powerful and skillful Judoka he could lay his hands on, rather than avoid the "beating" he knew would be coming. To be thrown, immobilized, or strangled, was nothing but delight for him. The thing that really counted was practice!
T. Ishikawa and D. Draeger

To me, Judo is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers knock each other down.

"Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men" Miyamoto Musashi

"it may well be said that the primary objective of practicing judo is perfection of character"-Seichiro Okazaki

"Success is going from failure to failure without loosing your enthusiasm"-Winston Churchill

"When a moment seems to be at its darkest....that is when your opportunity is at its brightest"-???

"Mental strength is one part confidence one part stubbornness and two parts determination"-???

"It is only the weak and the stupid who look for a fight"-???

"Speak softly and carry a big stick"-Theodore Roosevelt

"There is no peace with out war"-???

"One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. " -Niccolo Machiavelli

"You must love to win and hate to lose, but first of all, you must respect your opponent"

"No proceeding is better than that which you have concealed from the enemy until the time you have executed it. To know how to recognize an opportunity in war, and take it, benefits you more than anything else." -Machiavelli-

"Nature creates few men brave, industry and training makes many" -Machiavelli

"Discipline in war counts more than fury" -Machiavelli

"Even if I am dead, I must fight"

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