Masutatsu Oyama summed up his entire Martial Arts philosophy in 11 mottoes,
also known as the Zayu no Mei Juichi Kajo, which are central
in his teaching. Many of these hold very practical application even today.
Many people don't pay enough attentikon to them.
- The Martial Arts way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore,
be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.
- Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff - continue upwards
without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the
task at hand.
- Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding
against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.
- Even for the Martial Artist, the place of money cannot be ignored.
Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.
- The Martial Way is centred on posture. Strive to maintain correct
posture at all times.
- The Martial Way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after
ten thousand days of training.
- In the Martial Arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation
on your actions as an opportunity to improve.
- The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal. All selfish
desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.
- The Martial Arts begin with a point and end in a circle. Straight
lines stem from this principal.
- The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realised through
experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demand.
- Always remember: in the Martial Arts, the rewards of a confident
and grateful heart are truly abundant.