Each one starts karate with some particular reason: to be a good fighter, to keep in good physical shape, to protect himself. I wanted to become very strong when I first began. But karate training soon teaches that real strength is facing oneself, with severe eyes. This is the first condition of martial arts training. Therefore, everyone in SKA must be strong inwardly but quite gentle to others. As we train together, each contribution to a good atmosphere, let’s try to bring out that serious strong mentality from deep inside.
Karate-do strives internally to train the mind to develop a clear conscience, enabling one to face the world honestly, while externally developing strength to the point where one may overcome even ferocious wild animals. Mind and technique become one in true karate.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.