Martial Arts is not just about learning techniques. It is about learning Principles of movement that help a practionior understand martial arts and body movement as a whole. Techniques are catalysts to learning these principles.
9 Principles of Tuite ~ George Dillman & Chris Thomas
- Utilization of the pressure points
- Utilize two-way action
- Apply complex torque
- Generate confusion
- Work against a base
- Create a mechanical advantage
- Apply variable pressure
- Stick to the opponent
- Utilize redundancy
10 Principles of Small Circle Jujitsu ~ Wally Jay
- Mobility and Stability
- Avoid the Head On Collision of Forces
- Mental Resistance and Distraction
- Focus to the Smallest Point Possible
- Energy Transfer
- Fulcrum lever base
- Sticking Control and Sensitivity
- Rotational Momentum
- Transitional Flow
Exert Continual Pain During Transitions
Create Maximum Pain Without Dislocating Joint
Mobility During Transition Rather than Stability
5 Principles of Kata Interpretation ~ George Dillman & Chris Thomas
- No Blocks
- Multiple Interpretations
- Direction of Movement
- Two-Hand Rule
- Use Kyusho Jitsu
7 Virtues of Bushido ~ The Bushido Code
- Courage (勇 yū)
- Benevolence or Mercy (仁 jin)
- Respect (禮 rei)
- Honesty (誠 makoto)
- Honour (名誉 meiyo)
- Loyalty (忠義 chūgi)
20 Principles of Karate ~ Gichin Funaoshi
- Never forget that karate begins and ends with respect.
- There is no first attack in karate.
- Karate fosters righteousness.
- First know yourself and then know others.
- Rather than physical technique, mental technique.
- Let your mind roam freely.
- Inattention and neglect causes misfortune.
- Never think that karate is practiced only in the dojo.
- Karate is a life-long pursuit.
- Everything you encounter is an aspect of karate: find the marvelous truth there.
- Karate is like boiling water: if you do not keep the flame high, it turns tepid.
- Do not think about winning; think about not losing.
- Respond in accordance to your opponent.
- Wage the battle with natural strategy.
- Regard your hands and feet as sharp swords.
- Step out the door and you face 10,000 foes.
- Learn various stances as a beginner but then rely on a natural posture.
- The kata must always be practiced correctly: real combat is another matter.
- Never forget your own strengths and weakness, the limitations of your body, and the relative quality of your techniques.
- Continuously polish your mind.
Other Principles ~ Various Sources
- Don’t block with your face
- Position before submission
- Space equals escape
- Where the head goes the body follows