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Karate Quotes


"Karate-Do is a lifetime study" - Kenwa Mabuni

"Karate is for life, not points." - David Walker

"Karate begins and ends with courtesy." - Gichin Funakoshi

"There is no first strike in Karate." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Think of everyday life as karate training." - Gichin Funakoshi

"I am the Fred Astaire of karate." - Jean-Claude Van Damme

"Karate is Budo and if Budo is removed from Karate it is nothing more than sport karate, show karate, or even fashion karate-the idea of training merely to be fashionable." - Mas Oyama

"When you look at life think in terms of karate. But remember that karate is not only karate - it is life." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Karate-do begins with courtesy and ends with rei." - Gichin Funakoshi

"I don't know karate, but I know ka-razy!" - James Brown

"I don't know karate, but I know crazy." - James Brown

"Omigawa is moving forward like a karate robot" - Joe Rogan

"That's right, karate made my whole body a weapon." - Don Knotts

"Karate is a defensive art from beginning to end." - Gichin Funakoshi

"My karate skills are very limited. I'm a green belt." - Molly Quinn

"I go through life like a Karate Kid." - Britney Spears

"I've done karate quite a lot growing up so I did do a kind of quite long karate scene." - Suki Waterhouse

"The correct understanding of Karate and its proper use is Karate-do. One who truly trains in this do [way] and actually understands Karate-do is never easily drawn into a fight." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Last week I lost my temper in my karate class. Man, I'm not doing that again until I'm a black belt. Because I can tell you there's a difference between taking karate and receiving karate." - Demetri Martin

"I really love the karate thing I did on CHIPs. I studied with a trainer because I knew we'd do episodes that had karate." - Erik Estrada

"Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Karate is like boiling water, if you do not heat it constantly, it will cool." - Gichin Funakoshi

"I know karate, and like two other Japanese words - T-SHIRT" - Darynda Jones

"Put Karate into your everyday living, that is how you will see true beauty." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Karate is the best thing you can do for your child." - Chuck Norris

"Ninjas are silly. They are the flower fairies of gong fu and karate." - Nick Harkaway

"Karate is like boiling water: without heat, it returns to it's tepid state" - Gichin Funakoshi

"I'm looking for a perfume to overpower men - I'm sick of karate." - Phyllis Diller

"Use karate, judo, aikido, or any style to build your counter-offensive. It will be interesting!" - Bruce Lee

"I did karate for a really long time, almost 10 years when I was younger." - Seth Rogen

"I quit karate originally because it wasn't something that I was initially passionate about." - Kristin Kreuk

"Hey, I took karate when I was 17 years old; I am dangerous." - Michele Bachmann

"I did martial arts and karate for eight years when I was growing up." - Antony Starr

"There are no styles of karate-do, just varying interpretations of its principles." - Kenwa Mabuni

"The main thing Karate offers to me is a philosophy of life. The philosophy of Karate is respect and discipline. You give 100% of whatever you do, in every activity." - Lyoto Machida

"This dish ain't just called Karate Meat because it's got an Asian kick to it. It's called Karate Meat because it will beat you up like a pigeon in prison." - Coolio

"To be trained in karate is something because karate is a vicious thing. If you are any good at it, you can kill somebody with it. It is a vicious way to fight." - Thomas Foran

"I did karate for about three years. When I was going into Miss Texas, my mom said, 'Let's not do karate this year. Let's not have any knocked-out teeth on the stage.'" - Sarah Shahi

"I love karate, it's like a bible to me. But deep inside I'm so I mean, I'm so sensitive." - Jean-Claude Van Damme

"As far as possible, I want nothing more than to don my training gi and teach Karate." - Mas Oyama

"Karate aims to build character, improve human behavior, and cultivate modesty; it does not, however, guarantee it." - Yasuhiro Konishi

"Since karate is a martial art, you must practice with the utmost seriousness from the very beginning." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Students of any art, including Karate-do must never forget the cultivation of the mind and the body." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Karate is a technique that permits one to defend himself with his bare hands and fists without weapons." - Gichin Funakoshi

"It is important that karate can be practiced by the young and old, men and women alike." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Sice Karate exists for cultivating the spirit and training the body, it must be a moral way surpassing mere techniques..." - Mas Oyama

"It's like the drag fairy coming and saying 'What would you like to do?' Um, yeah karate." - Gerard Way

"I don't like creating software anymore. It's too exact. It's like karate; there's no room for error." - John Maeda

"You know, all 'The Karate Kid' fans from the original are parents these days. I think it's a cool thing." - William Zabka

"I've been very physical my whole life. I've done a lot of ballet, fencing and karate, and everything." - Ashley Bell

"We got to jump on, like, trampolines, learn flips, learn karate, kung fu, Hong Kong street fighting." - Jaime King

"When I was a kid, I used to think pork chops and karate chops were the same thing." - Shane Koyczan

"I took three years of karate because of Bruce Lee, you know. I was a green belt." - Marjane Satrapi

"I'm a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and 2nd degree in karate, and I'm a licensed bodyguard." - Katheryn Winnick

"I never was able to do karate. That's calling me a good actor. I act like I can do anything." - Pat Morita

"No, don't learn at karate schools. They overcharge you for karate uniforms. They make you pay, like, fifty or seventy-five bucks just for a karate uniform, and you don't wear a uniform in everyday life, so why train in one? Most fights take place outdoors, not inside with perfect lighting and mats." - Judah Friedlander

"Karate cannot be adequately learned in a short space of time. Like a torpid bull, regardless of how slowly it moves, it will eventually cover a thousand miles. So too, for one who resolves to study Karate diligently two or three hours every day. After three or four years of unremitting effort one's body will undergo a great transformation revealing the very essence of Karate." - Anko Itosu

"I was, like, a brown belt, which is pretty good. I entered a tournament once, and I punched the guy in the throat and got disqualified. I realized - I don't know if you're familiar with "Karate Kid," but the bad guys in that are called Cobra Kai, and they're, like, the evil karate guys. And then when I went to the tournament, I realized that's what we were; we were like the Cobra Kai of the Jewish karate community." - Seth Rogen

"The karate that has been introduced to Tokyo is actually just a part of the whole. The fact that those who have learnt karate there feel it only consists of kicks & punches, and that throws & locks are only to be found in judo or jujutsu, can only be put down to a lack of understanding ... Those who are thinking of the future of karate should have an open mind and strive to study the complete art" - Kenwa Mabuni

"Karate-do is definitely a martial way, and its identity lies in do or principles. Any martial art without proper training of the mind turns into beastly behavior." - Shoshin Nagamine

"Ive been taking martial arts for a long time. I started with tae kwon do, and then I started taking karate and mixed martial arts." - Daniella Alonso

"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." - Gichin Funakoshi

"Hoping to see karate included in the universal physical education taught in our public schools, I set about revising the kata so as to make them as simple as possible. Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too. The karate that high school students practice today is not the same karate that was practiced even as recently as ten years ago [this book was written in 1956], and it is a long way indeed from the karate I learned when I was a child in Okinawa." - Gichin Funakoshi

"One of the most striking features of karate is that it may be engaged in by anybody, young or old, strong or weak, male or female." - Gichin Funakoshi

"My Way is the Way of Karate, which is also the Way of humanity, and which is consequently related to the Way of Heaven." - Mas Oyama

"Power is no more than a part, no more than the tip of the iceberg of limitless profundity and sublimate of Karate." - Mas Oyama

"I moved to leave, and Dylan actually grabbed me by my shoulders. I was so surprised that I forgot to karate-chop his elbows and break his arms." - James Patterson

"One of the reasons I started acting was to re-make The Karate Kid, but Jaden Smith beat me to it." - Justin Hires

"I killed my dinner with karate kicked him in the face,taste the body, shallow work is the work that I do." - Joanna Newsom

"There are no pure styles of karate. Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh, no matter who delivers or receives." - Ed Parker

"Prior to 'The Karate Kid', I did commercials - Kool-Aid, Pepsi, milk - and I had always been cast as the all-American nice guy." - William Zabka

"I've been taking martial arts for a long time. I started with tae kwon do, and then I started taking karate and mixed martial arts." - Daniella Alonso

"I started doing karate at four, my parents were karatekas. I stopped when I was 17 and went to Julliard and had a lot of stage combat there." - Lynn Collins

"I think audiences like to see their favorite actor handle himself physically on screen, however he does it. He can wrestle, or box, or he can know karate." - Thomas Ian Griffith

"My other brother-in-law died. He was a karate expert, then joined the army. The first time he saluted, he killed himself." - Henny Youngman

"I had a bit of a martial arts background from when I was a teenager: I did a bit of karate." - Joel Edgerton

"I went to karate classes where it was basically a line-up of hulking man, hulking man, small nine-year-old girl, hulking man, hulking man." - Rhianna Pratchett

"When I was younger I did karate and martial arts, and I think it's really cool for girls to have those kinds of abilities." - Rebel Wilson

"One of the lessons I learned in all those years practicing karate is that progress only comes in small incremental portions." - Georges St-Pierre

"Karate has helped me lots, otherwise I might have got lost in substance abuse or something like the things a lot of other people do." - Dolph Lundgren

"I earned a black belt when I was in high school. And I did a lot of boxing and full contact karate in college." - Dean Norris

"I always loved the idea of learning martial arts, but it wasn't until I was in my 20s that I really started doing it and taking up karate." - Kelly Hu

"Karate is not a game. It is not a sport. It is not even a system of self-defense. Karate is half physical exercise and half spiritual. The karateist who has given the necessary years of exercise and meditation is a tranquil person. He is unafraid. He can even be calm in a burning building." - Mas Oyama

"You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do." - Gichin Funakoshi

"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." - Gichin Funakoshi

"The best fighter is not a Boxer, Karate or Judo man. The best fighter is someone who can adapt on any style. He kicks too good for a Boxer, throws too good for a Karate man, and punches too good for a Judo man." - Bruce Lee

"My run is so weird. That's what I'm most nervous about in this whole ordeal. I'm most nervous about everybody making fun of the way I run. I do, like, karate hands. Instead of running with my hands closed together like a normal person. It's like I'm trying to be aerodynamic or something, so my hands are straight like razors. Karate hands." - Jennifer Lawrence

"I come to you with only Karate, Empty Hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons, Karate, my Empty Hands." - Ed Parker

"~[My son] is at that age now where he's so loving and says the sweetest things to me. Of course, I still get karate chops and all those other sort of things, too.~" - Liv Tyler

"You need at least six or seven years to understand the philosophy and concentration of karate to know to clean your spirit of everything and dedicate your mind and body to the sport." - Jean-Claude Van Damme

"Karate is not about winning over others. It is about winning over one's self. Ultimately, the most challenging opponents we face reside from within - our hang-ups, our insecurities, our prejudices. Overcome these and you will have truly won." - David Walker

"Karate-do may be referred to as the conflict within yourself, or a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training, and your own creative efforts." - Shoshin Nagamine

"To all those whose progress remains hampered by ego-related distractions, let humility - the spiritual cornerstone upon which Karate rests - serve to remind one to place virtue before vice, values before vanity and principles before personalities." - Matsumura Sokon

"Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land -movie - Karate kid"What is the calculus of innovation?" "The calculus of innovation is really quite simple: knowledge drives innovation, innovation drives productivity, productivity drives our economic growth."" - William R. Brody

"If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your shortwave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV." - Matt Groening

"Once a kata has been learned, it must be practised repeatedly until it can be applied in an emergency, for knowledge of just the sequence of a kata in karate is useless." - Gichin Funakoshi

"No matter how you may excel in the art of Karate, and in your scholastic endeavors, nothing is more important than your behavior and your humanity as observed in daily life." - Gichin Funakoshi

"In karate, hitting, thrusting, and kicking are not the only methods, throwing techniques and pressure against joints are included ... all these techniques should be studied referring to basic kata" - Gichin Funakoshi

"True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice." - Gichin Funakoshi

"If I see another game that involves a kidnapped princess, queen, king or other royal family member, I'll scream. In the same vein, I think the karate genre has been done to death." - Andy Eddy

"On stage I am the actor, director and the bouncer all at the same time. Fear does not exist in this dojo does it? No Sensi! Sorry when I get excited I have to toss in some Karate Kid quotes." - Dane Cook

"You know what wakes me up? A tongue in the ass. There is no alarm clock on that one, you are up, you are shaking, you are in a karate stance.....the day has begun." - Dave Attell

"The heart of our karate is real fighting.There can be no proof without real fighting. Without proof there is no trust. Without trust there is no respect. This is a definition in the world of martial arts." - Mas Oyama

"Wabi means spare, impoverished; simple and functional. It connotes a transcendence of fad and fashion. The spirit of wabi imbues all the Zen arts, from calligraphy to karate, from the tea ceremony to Zen archery." - Shunryu Suzuki

"I believe Korea is making the best movies. Only in Korea - you can do whatever you want to without any rating system or whatever. They can make world-class karate movies and make lots of money, which is very important." - Ryuhei Kitamura

"I think the energy I give off is quite non-confrontational. That's something you learn from karate. Once you try to be a tough guy, you've got to pay up. You've got to prove yourself. And that's exhausting." - Dolph Lundgren

"There's too much emphasis on backstory and personal stuff in music now - it's not going to make the music better if I hear that you did karate for the six months leading up to it." - Alex Scally

"I refuse to charge for my karate classes, I refuse to charge for Q&A panels, and when people come to my table, if you have money, great, but if you don't, who cares?" - Jason David Frank

"Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can using only their hands and feet make some of the worst movies in the history of the world." - Dave Barry

"If we don't take that time (to be romantic), then it's karate, then it's ballet, and then there's Christmas, and then my husband is flying off to tour around the world." - Heidi Klum

"You need at least six or seven years to understand the philosophy and concentration of karate to know to clean your spirit of everything and dedicate your mind and body to the sport." - Jeanclaude Van Damme

"Whatever luck I had, I made. I was never a natural athlete, but I paid my dues in sweat and concentration and took the time necessary to learn karate and become world champion." - Chuck Norris

"I tried a little of everything when I was little. I tried karate, I tried ballet, I tried piano lessons and singing lessons... I was a pretty normal kid, for the most part." - Cassie Ventura

"When I grew up, I studied karate for years. I got pretty strong, but eventually I had to acknowledge that I really didn't like fighting at all, so I quit." - Alison Bechdel

"My sensei was a British karate champion named Brian Fitkin. He was my mentor and because I had a hard relationship with my dad, he became a father figure to me." - Dolph Lundgren

"I discovered martial arts, first judo and then karate, and I became quite good at it, because I had something to prove. And more than anything, I needed to feel safe." - Dolph Lundgren

"Each culture has its own form of staged combat, evolved from its particular method of street fighting and cleaned up for presentation as a spectacle, e.g. savate, Cornish wrestling, karate, kung-fu." - David Mamet

"I'm quite strong for a girl. I studied karate growing up - I'm a brown belt - and me and my sister used to beat the crap out of each other." - Suki Waterhouse

"I did 'The Karate Kid,' then I just went back to college. I didn't know how much money it made and I didn't have a publicist. I didn't have any sense of the business part of it." - Elisabeth Shue

"I learned from my father how to swear right and how to string it together for optimum effect/affect. I use it like karate. I bring it out when it's needed." - Ross Mathews

"Long gone are the days of the stylised old James Bond films with Roger Moore karate chopping his way through the bad guys - audiences are not going to buy it anymore. The genre has got quite serious now." - Adam Rayner

"Even in the forty years that I have been practicing Karate, the changes have been many. It would be interesting to be able to go back in time, to the point when the kata were created, and study them." - Shigeru Egami

"I'm awkward at these things. Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise and I was a little uncomfortable." - Pat Morita

"I took a year of karate. It was like obligatory - every kid was taking like one year of karate and one year of piano in my town. It was Bruce Lee and Liberace. But I was not a white belt. I graduated. I had a colour belt - but that's all you need to know. It could have been black, it could have been yellow, or it could have been anything in between." - Jack Black

"Look at me... look at me... I need the attention, oooh I'm punk rock I got some tattoos, I got some piercings. If I'm gonna get some piercings then I want everyone to see it...I don't need to advertise my punkness. A real punk doesn't need to show off...Its like a Karate man... the Karate man bleed on the inside. A real punk is punk on the inside." - Mark Hoppus

"Each one of us starts Karate with some particular reason: to be a good fighter, to keep in good shape, to protect oneself. I wanted to become very strong myself when I first began. But Karate training soon teaches that real strength is facing oneself strictly, with severe eyes. This is the first condition of martial arts training. Therefore, all karateka must be strong inwardly, but quite gentle to others. As we train together, each contributing to a good atmosphere, let's try to bring out that serious strong mentality from deep inside." - Tsutomu Ohshima

"There is no place in contemporary Karate-do for different schools. Some instructors, I know, claim to have invented new and unusual kata, and so they arrogate to themselves the right to be called founders of "schools". Indeed, I have heard myself and my colleagues referred to as the Shoto-kan school, but I strongly object to this attempt at classification. My belief is that all these "schools" should be amalgamated into one so that Karate-do may pursue and orderly and useful progress into man's future." - Gichin Funakoshi

"That's right. Uh-huh. Uh-huh," Nick said arrogantly. "You might know karate, boy, but I know gorilla, and I'm a level 40 champion in it. Let's hear it for Diddy Kong! Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew! Ew!" He mimicked the sound of a gorilla as he held on for dear life." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Sometimes during my set I invite volunteers up on stage to get speed-roasted and I'm worried that I may have hundreds of people rushing the stage all at once. Luckily I'm a black belt in karate and I can fend them off." - Jeff Ross

"On the other end of the spectrum, we can't use this permission to sometimes say no and use it as a wand to wish away all our responsibilities. We also must remember not to use our "no" answers as a weapon. We can't turn into No! ninjas, karate-chopping anyone who even comes close to asking us for something." - Lysa TerKeurst

"Many Karate teachers teach a watered down style - no hip action and no depth of punching - so it is easy to say that these teachers have no depth to their knowledge. You are what your teacher is, and if he knows a lot, you should be able to demonstrate this knowledge." - Higa Yuchoku

"Yes?' Joe Solomon sounded like someone with far better things to do. 'Is there any homework?' she asked, and the class turned instantly from shocked to irritated. (Never ask that question in a room full of girls who are all black belts in karate) 'Yes,' Solomon said, holding the door in the universal signal for get out. 'Notice things." - Ally Carter

"John flung himself into a pseudo-karate stance, one hand poised behind him and one in front, posed like a cartoon cactus. I thought for an odd moment he had moved his limbs so fast they had made that whoosh sound through air but then I realized John was making that sound with his mouth." - David Wong

"It's sort of like in the movie The Karate Kid when Daniel said he needed Mr. Miyagi. And Mr. Miyagi gave him that confidence to believe he really didn't. These guys think they really need me right now, but they don't. When I come back, we'll all need each other to step up our games and do what needs to be done." - Shaquille O'Neal

"I'm more like a senior adviser so I don't like to come in here and try to take over. Just like your basic karate movie where the young guys come to the old guys with beards who have them do weird stuff to get to the other side. That's who I am, the old guy with a long beard." - Shaquille O'Neal

"You gotta fight all the karate guys, and once you kill them off, now you gotta get to the ninjas. Once you get through the ninjas, now you gotta get to the showmen. Now me, I'm the showman of big men." - Shaquille O'Neal

"Contention, especially violence, is not the way to deal with our problems. Unfortunately, television, videos, movies, and electronic games teach otherwise. Even cartoons and many children's programs depict violence in amusing ways, suggesting that no one really gets hurt and that any disagreement can be solved by a karate kick or the use of some weapon." - Harold Anthony Oaks

"My fashion was not the best in the '80s. I looked crazy as hell. I used to wear my pants tucked into my socks and karate handkerchiefs around my wrist. It was ridiculous, how I used to dress in the '80s." - Deon Cole

"Sometimes when jerks become Christians, it's like a bully learning karate. Instead of having Christ transform our hearts and attitudes, we now have a new method with which to beat you up....what was once just 'forcing everyone to agree with my opinion' is now 'forcing everyone to agree with my opinion in the name of God." - Jon Acuff

"It's amazing because people come up to me and say, 'Chuck, you're the luckiest guy in the world to be a world karate champion and a movie and TV star.' When they say this to me, I kind of smile because luck had nothing to do with it; God had everything to do with it." - Chuck Norris

"To tell the truth, girls are no longer the way they used to be. They play gangsters, nowadays, just like boys. They organize rackets. They plan holdups and practice karate. They will rape defenseless adolescents. They wear pants... Life has become impossible." - Alain Robbe-Grillet

"I took lessons for about everything you could imagine - gymnastics to karate to flute and piano. My mom always definitely kept me in some kind of class or program, but for guitar, I kinda gave up on then kinda just taught myself. Same thing with piano. I've never been good with following lessons." - Elle Varner

"One thing I've done in my life is train year-round to compete at anything, anything. I've got an invitation now to maybe be on the karate team for the Barcelona Olympics. I'm debating whether I want to do that. I just love to compete, and I want to win." - Herschel Walker

"I actually take karate and tae-kwon-do. And so I love sparring and grappling and all that physical stuff. I studied a hybrid form of grappling, sparring, and self defense; it's more of a 'get yourself in shape,' and if you want to take it to the next level, so you're really learning valuable skills with self defense, and I really enjoy it." - Daniella Alonso

"I'm a soccer mom. I'm T-ball, soccer, karate, homework, keeping them on their schedules. I love being the snack mom, when I get to bring the cut oranges. I have one of those coolers with wheels. I'm at every game, every practice, sitting on my blanket. I love it." - Pamela Anderson

"Cheerfully fessing up to our failures turns crazy mind off, humility and compassion on. I learned this in a karate dojo that had a strange tradition. Everyone there loved recounting failure stories, and after an evening of smacking one another, we'd sit and have a beer while the students swapped tales of martial arts disaster." - Martha Beck

"Before my father would open up a karate school in a particular neighborhood, he'd clean up the block - kick all the drug dealers and gang bangers off the block. My father was very clear: 'I've got guns too, and I'll kill you just as much as a rival gang would.' And he meant it. He was a man of many facets and complexities." - Lupe Fiasco

"I'd love to do an ultramarathon. I'd love to go to Japan, and try the way of the Samurai. I'd love to go to Mongolia, and do the Mongolian games - horseback riding, archery. There's also fun stuff like bog snorkeling and wife carrying and cheese rolling. I could see myself doing everything from stuff like Hokkaido and karate to the Mongolian games." - Dhani Jones

"'The Karate Kid' was just lightning in a bottle. The second movie is a very worthy sequel, because you got to explore the Okinawan culture and learned about Miyagi's life. The third, as is always the case, was made because the second one made a lot of money." - Martin Kove

"My father was one of the first Tae Kwon Do Masters to come to the states in the '60s. He had one of the first all-African-American fighting teams, and I was basically raised in a karate studio since I was 3. It's part of my blood, competing, and all that stuff was responsible for a lot of me just growing up." - Will Yun Lee