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    What are your favorite Martial Arts quotes? Here are mine:

    1. "Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless. Like water. Now put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teacup, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow creep or drip -- or crash!Be water, my freind." Bruce Lee
    2. "Be soft, yet not yeilding; firm, yet not hard.Remember that firmness is brought to life by gentleness and gentleness is activated and led by firmness." Bruce Lee
    3. "Therefore gentleness alone can't forever dissolve away great force, nor sheer brute force to subdue one's foe. In order to survive in combat, the harmonius interfusion of gentleness and firmness is necessary; with one sometimes dominating the other and vice versa, in a wavelike succession. The movement will then truly flow; for the true fluidity of movement is in its interchangeability. This is also true in life." Bruce Lee
    4. "Alive, a man is supple, soft, In death, unbending, rigorous. All creatures, grass and trees, alive are plastic but are pliant too, And dead, are friable and dry. Unbending rigor is the mate of death, And yeilding softness, company of life. Unbending soldiers get no victories; The stiffest tree is readiest for the ax. The strong and mighty topple from their place; The soft and yeilding rise above them all." Bruce Lee
    5. "Knowing others means you are wise, but knowing yourself means you are enlightened" Bulletproof Monk
    6. "Water which is too pure has no fish" Bullet proof Monk
    7. "To hear is to doubt. To see is to be deceived. But to feel is to believe." -- SGM Ed Parker
    8. "Having an open mind does not necessarily lead to perfection. It is your ability to observe, analyze, discern, and understand the true essence that basic principles contain that point the way to perfection." --SGM Ed Parker
    9. "When pure knuckles meet pure flesh, that's pure Karate, no matter who executes it or whatever style is involved." --SGM Mr. Ed Parker
    10. "He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position."-- SGM Mr. Ed Parker
    11. "Knowledge does not grow like a tree where you dig a hole, plant your feet, cover them with dirt, and pour water on them daily. Knowledge grows with time, work, and dedicated effort. It cannot come by any other means." - SGM Ed Parker
    12. "Many look, but few see." SGM Ed Parker
    13. "The intellegent man is one who has sucessfully fufilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more." SGM Ed Parker
    14. "To beat action, meet it." SGM Ed Parker
    15. "Often to become a champion you must believe in yourself when no one else will." SGM Ed Parker
    16 "Opportunity may come but once, so take every advantage when it does occur." SGM Ed Parker
    17. "Cannot is a word that cowards use." SGM Ed Parker
    18. "Grace is a trait that can save your face from destruction." SGM Ed Parker
    19. Those who know do not talk.
    Those who talk do not know.
    Stop our senses, close the doors;
    Let sharp things be blunted,
    Tangles resolved, the light.
    Tempered and turmoil subdued;
    For this is mystic unity
    In which the wise man is moved
    Neither by affection not yet by estrangement
    Or profit or loss Or honor or shame. Tao Te Ching


    "To hear is to doubt. To see is to be deceived. But to feel is to believe." -- SGM Ed Parker

    "Sic vis pacem parabellum - If you want peace, prepare for war." -- "The Punisher"


    "Praying Mantis, very good. . . For catching bugs." --Jackie Chan

    "A horse stance is great for taking a dump" --Jet Li

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    "This is the law:
    The purpose of fighting is to win,
    There is no possible victory in defense,
    The sword is more important than the shield,
    And skill is more important than either,
    The final weapon is the brain.
    All else is supplemental."
    ~ John Steinbeck


    "The best parry is the blow."
    ~Maestro Luigi Barbasetti, 1899

    “Unarmed hand-to-hand fighting does not change through the ages; only the name changes, and it has only one rule: do it first, do it fast, do it dirtiest.”
    ~Robert A. Heinlein

    “Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.”
    ~Morihei Ueshiba
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    “He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave.”
    ~William Drummond

    "This person is as dangerous as an IED."

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    "In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won."
    Musashi Miyamoto - "Book of Five Rings"
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    "A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind."
    "Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something."
    Morihei Ueshiba
    "Fear is the true opiate of combat."

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    Practice the technique 1,000 times and maybe you learn 10% - Hayawo Kiyama
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    Default Re: Favorite Martial Arts Quotes

    Here's some you might enjoy:

    http://www.georgia-kenpokarate.com/quotes.html
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    MA is mind over matter. You don't mind, and they don't matter...

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    "Fight the good fight, win if you can; if you can't win, cheat. Cheat anyway." - Gene LeBell

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    “It’s not how many techniques you know, it’s what you can do with what you know.” My instructor.
    A black belt covers 2" of your butt. Covering the rest is soley up to you

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    "Get up, I am not done beating on you yet." We'll let casey Sutherland clue you into uses that line.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Not a martial art quote but something I heard this morning from a co-worker.

    The Ark was built by amateurs ... the Titanic by professionals.

    LOL!
    PARKER - HERMAN - SECK

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    Default Re: Favorite Martial Arts Quotes

    From Murphy's rules of combat -

    "If it's stupid, but it works, it isn't stupid"

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    Default Re: Favorite Martial Arts Quotes

    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Kaur View Post
    From Murphy's rules of combat -

    "If it's stupid, but it works, it isn't stupid"
    That is good!
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    "Best block, no be there!" - Mr. Miyagi
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    Default Re: Favorite Martial Arts Quotes

    Posted this before but since it is a quote regarding this here goes:

    "To know one is to know one thousand. To know yourself is enlightenment."

    However in some states I hear that is against the law. /rimshot
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