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The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

President Theodore Roosevelt

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth years of those mean observances of paltry decorum in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.

Sir Walter Scott

There are no superior martial arts, only superior martial artists!


It's not who's right, but who's left.

Ed Parker

It doesn't matter what your instructor can do. He won't be there to help you in the street. The only thing that matters is what you can do!

David James - Vee Arnis Jitsu

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.

Edward B. Butler, American Scientist

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

Mario Andretti

He who claims to know all is a fool, for his learning has ceased; He who knows naught and knows he knows naught is the enlightened one; For his wisdom is great.


I'd rather have ten techniques I can fight with, than a hundred that fight me.

Ed Parker

Remember, a successful fighter is one who has learned to select, correctly, the strokes he has been taught.

Bruce Lee - Tao of Jeet Kune Do, p 195

If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods, but if you learn the principles behind the methods, you can devise your own methods.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'd rather be a student of reality, than a master of fantasy.

Bill MacCumbee

How you train is how it will come out.

David James

It is better to know and not need, than to need and not know.

Prof. Leonard C. Holifield, Ph.D./MA., Soke

Remember, practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

Vince Lombardi

Doing 10 properly executed kicks is infinitely more valuable than doing 100 poorly executed kicks.

Brian Baker

When pure knuckles meet pure flesh, that's pure Karate, no matter who executes it or whatever style is involved.

Ed Parker

No man ever acheived worthwhile success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.

Napoleon Hill

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

William Feather

The first thing I suggest to anyone interested in studying karate is that he or she take stock of his or her physical condition and limitations. A person who is short and powerfully built with a low center of gravity would do well to investigate judo. Males or females who are already limber or want to become more flexible might find one of the Korean styles - such as taekwondo or hapkido - of interest. Someone with fast hands and good coordination who is not adverse to a hard workout should look into Japanese karate styles, such as gojo-ryu or shotokan karate. A slightly built person who is not very strong may find jujitsu or aikido appealing because these styles turn an opponent's strength against him. An older person would do well to consider tai chi, one of the most ancient of the martial arts, which is still practiced daily by millions of elderly people in China.

Chuck Norris - The Secret of Inner Strength, p173

Nothing happens by itself, it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.

Ben Stein

The more you sweat the less you bleed!


Once you stop giving, you're gonna start getting!

David James

Context - Never stop striking a man until he is either down, unconscious, or something is broken and he's unable to fight!

You think what we do is violent, the streets are violent, what an attacker might do to you is violent, the whole situation is violent. For 30 seconds you have to become someone else! There is no effortless self-defense. You have to earn the right to make it back home safely to your family!

David James

In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.

Bruce Lee - Tao of Jeet Kune Do, p 207

Black belt is not something you get, it's something you become.

Warrior Spirit

A Black belt is a White belt that never quit.


There is no finish line. When you reach one goal, find a new one.

Chuck Norris - The Secret of Inner Strength, p 4

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