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Empty Mind, Empty Hand

Gichin Funakoshi is widely credited to have been the father of Modern Karate through his art of Shoto-Kan Karate (literally meaning “Tiger’s Tail”, his pen name). One of his favourite phrases was that not only that Karate-Do is the Way of the Empty Hand (from the Japanese characters Kara meaning empty, Te meaning hand and Do meaning way) but more importantly the Way of the Empty Mind, in other words a mind devoid of ego and the pursuit of self. Noble maybe but the spirit still rings true. Whatever you do do with an empty hand and, more importantly than that, do with an empty mind. Do not seek the results of your own actions, only be content with their own doing.

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