Those who are patient in the trivial things in life and control themselves will one day have the same mastery in great and important things.
A dojo [pracice hall] is a miniature cosmos where we make contact with ourselves - our fears, anxieties, reactions, and habits. It is an arena of confined conflict where we confront an opponent who is not an opponent but rather a partner engaged in helping us understand ourselves more fully.
When a problem arises, don't fight with it or try to deny it. Accept and acknowledge it. Be patient in seeking a solution or opening, and then fully commit yourself to the resolution you think advisable.
Only by constantly exposing myself to someone better than I have I been able to improve.
Only through practice and more practice, until you can do something without conscious effort.
One of the first lessons one learns is that the mind is a powerful factor in everything you do, including those exercises that seem to require a maximum of physical strength.
Anger doesn't demand action. When you act in anger, you lose self-control.
To generate great power you must first totally relax and gather your strength, and then concentrate your mind and all your strength on hitting your target.
When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the Way.
What stands in the way of effortless effort is caring, or a conscious attempt to do well.
When you lose your temper, you lose yourself—on the mat as well as in life.
Only after several years of training did I come to realize that the deepest purpose of the martial arts is to serve as a vehicle for personal spiritual development.
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