Karate Principles - Japanese Tattoo and Graphic Designs

Always Be Creative

tsune ni shinen kufuu seyo
Spirit Over Technique

gijutsu yori shinjutsu
There is No First Attack in Karate

karate ni sente nashi

These hand brushed designs by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase focus on the twenty guiding principles of karate as stated by Gichin Funakoshi along with other fundamental precepts. Scroll down for a list of all the designs.

Each of our Japanese Calligraphy Designs is carefully researched and comes with independent references. So you can be absolutely sure our translations are correct. We want you to be as happy with the meaning as you are with Master Takase's beautiful artwork!

We also offer each design as original art on handmade Japanese Paper. Each piece personally brushed by Master Takase at the time of your order. These are individually and personally created works of art. We offer options for artwork unframed and framed on hand-made Japanese paper and, when appropriate, as beautiful Japanese scrolls.

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Always Be Creative (tsune ni shinen kufuu seyo)

First Know Yourself Then Know Others (mazu onore wo shire shikashite ta wo shire)

Never Forget Your First Resolution (shoshin wasurubekarazu)

Never Lose Your Beginner's Spirit (shoshin wasurubekarazu)

Spirit Over Technique (gijutsu yori shinjutsu)

The Mind Must Be Set Free (kokoro wa hanatan koto wo yousu)

There is No First Attack in Karate (karate ni sente nashi)

There is No First Strike in Karate (karate ni sente nashi)

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