Martial Arts Quotes (MAQ)

"I believe of all the styles of wushu, there is no single one that is superior. All of those who practice different styles of wushu have naturally different levels of skill. Through competition we can discover ourselves." --Jet Li playing Huo Yuanjia, Fearless

"Kung Fu is hard work over time to accomplish skill. A painter can have Kung Fu, or the butcher who cuts meat every day with such skill, his knife never touches bone." --Jackie Chan, The Forbidden Kingdom

"Training in karate is like sculpting a cube into a sphere. You start with the big corners, then once you have cut those off you realize there are all these smaller corners, and by the time you've ground those down you realize it's uneven and you have to fix that, then even after you've sanded it down you take a microscope and you can see there is still more work to be done." --Sensei Jon Keeling (paraphrased)

"There are three things you can never have too much of: you can never have too much money, can never have the floor too clean, and your stance can never be too low. If you don't believe me, give me a lot of money, clean the floor a lot, and get your stance even lower." --Sensei Jon Keeling

"Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect." --Sensei Leo Shortle and Sensei Jon Keeling, among others

See also: Sensei Leo-isms

"Karate training is like boiling a pot of water. If you take it off the stove, it will cool." --Gichin Funakoshi

"When you leave your home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you (it is your behavior that invites trouble from them)." --Gichin Funakoshi

"Beginning with body and mind training, continuing with the training of the spirit, you appreciate that body and mind are not two different things but one. This is true training (practice)." Shigeru Egami

"A hunter who chases two rabbits at the same time will catch neither of them." --Takagi-Sensei, Moving Zen quote

"The only way that you will ever improve at anything is to keep at it, even at times when you don't feel you are getting any better. Those that give up too easily will rarely succeed at anything, but those that stick with it will continue to achieve goals and desires far and beyond what they thought possible. This is not just in karate, but in life in general." --Sensei Ty Aponte

"At first training feels good because we are achieving our potential. After a while, we hit our limits and we stop improving. Most people quit when they hit this point. But if you keep training, you will start to expand your limits, and that is what it means to truly achieve." --Alejo Enriquez's interpretation of Sensei Ty's teachings

"It takes much more effort to keep your leg bent because the bones are not resting on top of one another, and your muscles are holding them in place. But keeping your legs bent allows you to move in a linear fashion without wasting energy, and to use the ground and your compressed leg to generate more power. This is part of why karate training takes so long: we have to build up those muscles, particularly our quadriceps, before we can even start to develop muscle memory for these motions." --Alejo Enriquez's explanation to white belts for why their legs hurt so much

"Tournaments are a test of skill, with as many variables removed as possible. That's why it's not like fighting. Actual fights are a test of everything: skill, speed, height, toughness, and luck. Actual fights are unpredictable." --Alejo Enriquez

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." --Sun Tzu

"For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." Sun Tzu

"Practicing a thousand days is said to be a discipline, and practicing ten thousand days is said to be refining." --Miyamoto Musashi

"Pain is weakness leaving the body." --The United States Marine Corps

"Sink down!" --Every Shotokan Sensei, ever