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"Words Of Wisdom From Master Donald Bohan's Dojo"


"Sensei Bohan keep what he called "Words Of Wisdom" written on an old piece of a blackboard.  He would change up the quote about every six months or so and at each change of quotes he would then lecture the students as to the meaning of each new quote and explain how it applied to life itself. "  Wayne Wayland



1)      The path up the mountain is steep-not steep, not a mountain.


2)      He who stands on the tips of his toes, cannot be steady.

         He who takes long strides, will not maintain the pace.

         He who displays himself, is not enlightened.

         He who brags, achieves nothing of worth. He who boasts, will not endure.


3)      In all activities involving mental and physical conditioning and coordination, the dexterity, the result we know as

         skill is of constant practice for which there is no substitute.


4)      Overcome by yielding. Unbend by being upright. Be full by being empty. Be new by wearing out. Gain by having

          little. Be confused by having much.


5)       Beware of the fury of a patient man.


6)       Strength comes from health. Speed comes from effort. Techniques come from experience. Will power comes from

          faith. Serenity comes from old knowledge. Progress comes from new knowledge.


7)       Never lock a leg. Keep your heels down. Keep your upper body erect. Do not bob and weave the head as you

          change from one stance to  the other.


8)       What is more fluid, more yielding, than water? Yet back it comes again, wearing down the rigid strength which

          cannot yield to withstand it. So it is that the strong are overcome by the weak, the haughty by the humble. This we

          know, but never learn. So that when wise men tell us that he who bites the dust is the owner of the earth. He who is

          scapegoat is king. They seem to twist the truth.


9)       By doing nothing, he is seen. By his silence he is heard.


10)      In cultivating any new skill, the virtues of patience and fortitude pay off much better than mere enthusiasm and

           wishful thinking.


11)      A good man is the teacher of a bad man. A bad man is in the care of a good man. If the teacher is not respected,

           and the student not cared for, confusion will arise.


12)      He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. He who overcomes is strong. He who

           overcomes himself is mighty.


13)      A good Karateka develops first of all, his Katas to perfection; then broadens his character accordingly.


14)      The 'Kata' are the essence of Karate; 'Kata' are the distilled, concentrated wisdom, understanding, and experience

           of hundreds of great Karate masters, translated into a language of rhythmical movement, breathing, and peak



15)      Karatemen are notoriously proud, and justifiably so, considering the lengths to which a devotee must go.


16)      Fatigue makes cowards of us all.


17)      Everyone works, nothing is free, all start at the bottom.


18)      Do not invite the fight, accept it instead, better a foot behind than an inch too far ahead.


           Look a man straight in the face and make no move.

           Roll up your sleeve and clench no fist

           Open your hand and show no weapon,

           Bare your breast and find no foe.

           But as long as there be a foe, value him.

           Respect him, measure him, be humble toward him;

           Let him not strip from you, however strong he be,

          'compassion', the one wealth which can afford him.


19)     Achieve, but do not glory in the results. Achieve, but do not boast of the results. Achieve results, but not through

          violence. Force is followed by the loss of strength.


20)     Only do what needs to be done. Do not take advantage of power.   Counsel others not to use force to conquer the

          universe. This only brings resistance, and thorn bushes spring up when the army has passed.


21)     The exercise becomes natural when practiced over and over again. Movements and actions, which at first seemed

          difficult, flow freely and apparently without effort.


22)     Compliments are few, but are always given when deserved.


23)      The young masters are respected, but the old masters are vacated.


24)      He (a Karateka) unwillingly changes his way of life, for he can never be the same person again.


25)      The greatest object of the superior person is to preserve peace and tranquility. He takes no pleasure in winning

            battles. For if he did so, he would be finding gratification in the pain of others. He believes that he who takes

            delight in the defeat of others does not follow Tas. That which is not the way of the Tas will not endure.


26)       Do not dwell on the mistakes of others, but rather jubilate in their accomplishments.


27)       Become well liked in order to achieve your resolution:

                  a. Work hard; throw yourself into your job with abandonment.
                  b. Enjoy the work
                  c. Be humble, especially among your equals.
                  d. Compliment others on their achievements
                  e. Act with dignity, respect, and calmness. Observe the rules of etiquette.  Never be too busy for others.
                  f. Invite criticism of yourself
                  g. Do not present yourself as someone of great ability lest people's expectations rise higher than your ability.


28)       Have one resolution; set your sights on a high goal and resolve to reach it. Each moment you are making a

            resolution, and the resolutions add up to a lifetime. Try to perfect 'one' resolution in your lifetime.


29)       Concentrate on "here and now"; the day of crisis should be the same as today; if you have properly prepared.


30)       Take the 'long view' of your resolution. Many people fail because of impatience. Tell yourself that you will prepare

             for a long time, and that your day will come. Until that day, you prepare, and all the work and hardships should be

            cause for joy for being given a chance to develop your skill, confidence, and courage.


31)       Persist in the essentials, be on guard in your word and deed to avoid even minor failures, but in a major undertaking

            don't 'worry' about minor failures, lest you lose heart and forget the essentials.


32)       Take large matters lightly; In your lifetime you will probably encounter only a few 'serious' problems. Plan for these

             problems daily be taking the small matters seriously, so that you may take the big problems lightly.


33)       Self discipline; Discipline yourself daily in thought, word, and action so that your character is pure. Know your own

            strengths and weaknesses and learn how to display your pride for it is like a sword: Displayed too often, people

            dread it; never displayed and others will treat it (and you) lightly.


34)      Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.


35)      A dream is a door to the past, a mirror of the present, and a window into the future, it is all this and more.


36)      What is the first business of one who studies? To part with self conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to learn what

           he thinks he already knows.


37)      You cannot teach anyone anything; you can only help one find it within themselves.


38)      There is nothing permanent except changes.


39)      I put my body through its' paces like a war horse; I keep it lean, sturdy, and prepared. I harden it and pity it. I have

            no other steed.


40)      If seven times you fall down, then eight times you will get up.  Sensei Bohan keep what he called "Words Of

           Wisdom" written on an old piece of a blackboard. He would change up the quote about every six months or so and

           at each change of quotes he would then lecture the students as to the meaning of each new quote and explain how it

           applied to life itself.



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