I come to you with only Karate, my empty hands, I have no weapons.
But should I be forced to defend myself, my honor, or my principles,
should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then
here are my weapons, Karate, my empty hands.
Explanation of the creed
- The most important thing that a karate-ka must keep in mind is
that his hands are considered deadly weapons by law.
- A karate-ka must, as an obligation to society, and the art, do the
utmost in his power to avoid fighting with any human being.
- You do have the right to protect yourself, but keep in mind that
your fellow man is also guaranteed his right under law. Therefore
do nothing to offend him by speech or action. If you follow
this course, there is no just reason for any man to attack you.
- If you are offended by speech or action, remember, discretion is
the better part of valor. Smile and ignore his actions, if he pursues a
course of offending you, walk away. If he asks you to prove his
ability, imagine yourself holding a loaded gun and this man asking
your ability to pull the trigger. If you do, you have proven
yourself a menace to society and the law will deal with you as it
would any man who takes the life of another.
- If you are attacked and find no avenue of escape, protect yourself.
This is your right. If, in protecting yourself, you knock
your opponent senseless or knock him down, or in any way render
him helpless of doing you any harm, do not press you attack
or kill him. This would make you the same "animal" he
has proven himself to be. If you do kill him with your first blow
then your have committed self-defense, and that is every man's
right under the law.