The General Principles Of Karate
Control Over Oneself
One must first be able to control oneself before attempting to control others. Without a good balance and control of oneself, you can neither avoid an attack nor apply an effective technique on others.
Principle Of Oneness
A person must always keep in mind of becoming one with the attack. Regardless of the type of attack, you must join with it. It is not how strong you are. How correct you are is what counts. One shouldn't be watching others doing kata, but paying attention to your own kata. If you are watching someone else doing kata, you can't be one with your own techniques.
Range Of Effectiveness
The best way to defend yourself against an attack is to get out of the opponent's range of effectiveness. You can back up, sidestep, or circle around inside of the attack, but you must maintain your range of effectiveness at all times.