Eleven Mottoes

Sosai Mas Oyama 1923-1994

  • The Martial 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 unflattering 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 Artists, the place of money cannot be ignored. Yet one should be  careful never to become attached to it.
  • The Martial Way is centered in  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 circle. Straight lines stem from this principle.
  • The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realized 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.

Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unflattering devotion to the task at hand.