Words of Mas Oyama
Why do we pursue strength?
Why do we pursue strength? It is for victory over our self, the embracing of
integrity, that our very lives may be a silent example to others.
Without aspirations there is...
Without aspirations there is no life. Aspirations give meaning and purpose to
everything we do.
What is gambitionh?
What is gambitionh? Is it nothing more than some superficial desire for fame? I
donft think so. I think that the ambition is seeking only wealth and fame, but
the will is seeking more personal or spiritual thing.
True ambition is...
True ambition is a desire deep in the soul. It sometimes pierces our heart with
such intensity that we may even be willing to surrender our life in the pursuit
of ultimate triumph.
I decided to...
I decided to become the Bismarck of the East. That was my driving ambition.
It isnft your words...
It isnft your words that count; itfs not even your thoughts that make a
difference. If you would be a budo-ka, the only way is to become truly
Train your spirit...
Train your spirit; polish your technique. The true meaning of karate is this: no
matter how insignificant the challenge may seem, fight! Battle as though your
very life depended on it! Those who would say, gI fear face-to-face fighting. I
am afraid of really getting in there and brawling,h are not true karate
warriors; they are nothing more than dancers.
True training is this...
True training is this: every day resolve to challenge your limits and overcome
them. Shugyo, or training aimed not just at the physical but at the spiritual
too, means that you are resolved to confront your limits and overcome them, no
matter what it takes.
Train as you would scale...
Train as you would scale a cliff. If you pause even momentarily you may slip and
fall. For one who would call himself a warrior with pride and honor, to fall in
this way is a disgrace.
Train more than you sleep.
Train more than you sleep. No matter what path you choose in life, if you follow
this principle you will have no regrets.