Martial Art Quotes

Here is a collection of my favorite sayings and motivational quotes about life. They are quotes that are mostly related to Tai Chi, Aikido, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu and other martial arts.

These inspirational quotes and life quotes may inspire you and enhance your life. Whenever I come across a meaningful quote that motivates or inspires me I will post it here to share it with you.

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“There is no mystique to Tai Chi Chuan. What is difficult is the perseverance. It took me ten years to discover my chi, but thirty years to learn how to use it. Once you see the benefit, you won’t want to stop.”
- Ma Yueh Liang


“We all have inner demons to fight. We call these demons ‘fear’, and ‘hatred’, and ‘anger’. If you don’t conquer them, then a life of a hundred years… is a tragedy. If you do, a life of a single day can be a triumph.”
- Yip Man


“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”
- Unknown


“Ask yourself what problem you have right now. Not next year, tomorrow or five minutes from now. You can always cope with the now, but you can never cope with the future. Nor do you have to. The answer, the strength and the right action will be there when you need it. Not before or after.”
- Eckhart Tolle


“Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.”
- Dr. Bob Moorehead


“Strength is not born from strength. Strength can be born only from weakness. So be glad of your weaknesses now, they are the beginnings of your strength.”
- Dr. Claire Weekes


“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
- Rocky Balboa in Rocky VI


“You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it. Do it.”
- Tony Burton in Rocky IV (1985)


I’ll never give up
Never give in
Never let a ray of doubt slip in
And if I fall
I’ll never fade
I’ll just get up and try again
Never lose hope
Never lose faith
There’s much too much at stake
Upon myself I must depend
I’m not looking for a place ashore
I’m gonna win

- Brian Mcknight “Win”


“Even the most powerful human being has a limited sphere of strength. Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate.”
- Morihei Ueshiba “The Art of Peace”


“Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer.”
- Morihei Ueshiba “The Art of Peace”


There is only one place that you have not looked and it is there, only there that “YOU” shall find the master.
- The Last Dragon (1985)


“It has long been my dream that one day Americans of all ages, creeds and colors will be practicing Tai Chi Chuan in the beautiful parks of this country as they do in China. Few places in the world offer lovely open spaces which can and should be used productively. The result would be tremendous improvement in mental and physical well-being”.
- Jou, Tsung Hwa


“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
- Dr. Wayne Dyer


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
- Wayne W. Dyer


“It’s a lifestyle, it’s something you do the rest of your life,” LaLanne said. “How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it.”
- Jack LaLanne


“It is a self defense exercise that can make your body strong. In the use of this exercise, there are a hundred benefits without one harm. It is a model for the whole country to follow.”
- Ts’ai Chueh-ming


“Pour some water into a tub and stir it up. Now try as hard as you can to calm the water with your hands; you will succeed in agitating it further. Let it stand undisturbed a while, and it will calm down by itself. The human brain works much the same way.”
- Koichi Tohei ”Ki in Daily Life”


“As long as one has three square feet of space, one can take a trip to paradise and stay there to enjoy life for thirty minutes without spending a single cent.”
- Master T.T. Liang ”Tai Chi Chuan for Health and Self Defense”


“The teacher however, can only lead the student to the correct gate, he cannot compel him to go further, Somewhere inside the gates masses gold and diamonds lie hidden. It is up to the student to go beyond the door and into the inner rooms to search for the treasure. So in order to acquire the art one must have a determined and enduring mind, ready to persevere and study hard. If one relies entirely on the teacher one will never find the treasure.”
- Master T.T. Liang “Tai Chi Chuan for Health and Self Defense”


“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapelesslike water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
If you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now, water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.”

- Bruce Lee


“What is true stillness? Stillness in movement”
- Bruce Lee


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
- Bruce Lee


“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
- Bruce Lee


“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
- Bruce Lee


“The mind is incredible. Once you’ve gained mastery over it, channeling its powers positively for your purposes, you can do anything. I mean anything. The secret is to make your mind work for you.”not against you. This means constantly being positive. Constantly setting up challenges you can meet—either today, next week, or next month. “I can’t…” should be permanently stricken from your vocabulary, especially the vocabulary of your thoughts. You must see yourself always growing and improving.”
- Arnold Schwarzenegger The Education of a Bodybuilder


“Good things don’t happen by coincidence. Every dream carries with it certain risks, especially the risk of failure. But I am not stopped by risks. Suppose a great person takes the risk and fails. Then the person must try again. You cannot fail forever. If you try ten times, you have a better chance of making it on the eleventh try than if you didn’t try at all.”
- Arnold Schwarzenegger


“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
- Walt Disney


“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
- Walt Disney


“Two Zen monks were walking along a river when they came upon a beautiful young woman. The bridge was out, she tearfully explained, and she needed to cross the river right away. “Don’t worry,” said one of the monks,” just climb on my back and I’ll carry you across.”
The girl climbed on the monk’s back and he took her across. The monks then continued on their journey, but the second monk was very upset. Finally he couldn’t stand it anymore and said, “How could you, a virtuous monk, allow an attractive young lady to ride upon your back?”
The first monk said, “Are you still carrying that lady? I put her down when we crossed the river.”

- Zen Buddhist story


“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi


“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”
- Michelangelo


“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
- Frank Herbert


“He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.”
- Ben Jonson


“Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
- Frances de Sales


“He Who Knows Others Is Wise. He Who Knows Himself Is Enlightened.”
- Tao Te Ching


“When the student is ready, the Master appears.”
- Buddhist Proverb


“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
- Anais Nin


“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
- Jackie Robinson


“Victory isn’t defined by wins or losses. It is defined by effort. If you can truthfully say, ‘I did the best I could, I gave everything I had, then you’re a winner.”
- Kai Greene


“Trust me… I have everything under control.”
- Jesus


“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
- Nelson Mandela


“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
- Lance Armstrong


“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
- Muhammad Ali


“The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road; long before I dance under those lights.”
- Muhammad Ali


“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
- Dr. Suess


“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner”
- Lao Tzu


“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

- Lao Tzu


“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.”
- Sun Tsu


“A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action.”
- Gogen Yamaguchi


“You may train for a long, long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning to dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the essence of karate-do.”
- Gichin Funakoshi (Shotokan Karate)


“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy with out fighting is the highest skill.”
- Gichin Funakoshi (Shotokan Karate)


“He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.”
- Karate Kid 1


Daniel-san: You could have killed him couldn’t you have?
Mr. Miyagi: Hai.
Daniel-san: Well why didn’t you then?
Mr. Miyagi: For person with no forgiveness in heart, living even worse punishment than death.

- Karate Kid 2


“Kung fu lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on a jacket and how we take off a jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything is kung fu.”
- Jackie Chan “The Karate Kid” (2010)


“There are sometimes when a Shaolin must fight, and some people will not learn until they are taught a lesson.”
- American Shaolin: King of the Kickboxers II (1992)


“It’s terribly wrong to stuff that sacred citadel with junk you know darn well is bad for you, I came to realize I was barreling pell-mell down the road leading to disease, disability and premature destruction of the most precious thing I could ever be given—my own life.”
- Ralph Maxwell 92-year-old world-record-holding decathlete


“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”
- Jalal ad-Din Rumi


Master Po: Never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Young Caine: No.
Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

- Kung Fu (1972)


Master Po and Kwai Chang after a long separation have just reunited in the village. Just then the Emperors procession is passing by. Master Po accidentally trips one of the emperors guards with his walking stick.

Emperors Guard: You dare touch an escort of the imperial house.
Master Po: Humble apologies, I meant no harm.
Emperors Guard: Who are you?
Master Po: I am Po, lowly priest from Hunan province.
Emperors Guard: And you?
Caine: I am Kwai Chang, also priest of Hunan.

The Emperor gives a nod to his guard and the guard slaps Master Po across the face. The guard again attempts to physically confront Master Po by the front of his robe. Master Po subdues the guard by twisting the guards thumb and hand using a joint lock.
Master Po: Even one of the royal house should not punish an old blind man twice for the same offense.

Another guard unsuccessfully attempts to strike Master Po. The Emperor then fires a gun twice and shoots Master Po in the back.

Kwai Chang in shock of what has happened forcefully takes a spear away from one of the Emperors guards and throws it at the Emperor.

Master Po: Did you, did you kill him?
Caine: Yes my master. After all your teaching I have disgraced myself.
Master Po: No, sometimes one must cut of a finger to save a hand.

- Kung Fu (1972)


“There are tons of Chuck Norris jokes out today. Ever wonder why there are no Bruce Lee jokes? Because Bruce Lee was no joke.”
- Unknown


“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”
- Vince Lombardi


“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”
- Vince Lombardi


“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
- Vince Lombardi


“Courage is being afraid, but then doing what you have to do anyway.”
- Rudy Giuliani


A big cat saw a little cat chasing its tail and asked, “Why are you chasing your tail so?” Said the kitten, “I have learned that the best thing for a cat is happiness, and that happiness is my tail. Therefore, I am chasing it: and when I catch it. I shall have happiness.” Said the cat, “My son, I, too, have paid attention to the problems of the universe. I, too, have judged that happiness is in my tail. But, I have noticed that whenever I chase it, it keeps running away from me, and when I go about my business, it just seems to come after me wherever I go.”
- C.L. James


Fear is conquered by action.
When we challenge our fears, we defeat them.
When we grapple with our difficulties, they lose their hold upon us.
When we dare to face the things which scare us, we open the door to freedom.

- Author Unknown


“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- Michael Jordan


“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see.”
- Mark Twain

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.”
- Mark Twain


Tai chi… might well be called “medication in motion.”
There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice…
has value in treating or preventing many health problems.

- Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publication, May, 2009


“Practicing qigong is so simple and so powerful. You cannot do it wrong. You can only do it good, better, or best.”
- Chunyi Lin


“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
- Diana Spencer


“Anyone can sit on the couch and watch TV. What makes YOU different from everyone else?”
- Howard Pashenz Sensei


“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”
- Morrie “Tuesdays With Morrie”


“It’s very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that your going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”
- Morrie “Tuesdays With Morrie”


“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.”
- Bob Riley


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
- George R.R. Martin


“Ever since my children were born, the moment I looked at them I was crazy about them. Once I held them I was hooked. I am addicted to my children sir. I love them with all my heart and the idea of someone telling me I can’t be with them, I can’t see them everyday. Well, it’s like someone saying I can’t have air.”
- Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)


There’s Hole in my Sidewalk
a poem by Portia Nelson

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit … but, my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.


“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.”
- Bob Marley


“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
- Bob Marley


“Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, But fear is a choice.”
- Will Smith “After Earth” (2013)


“There is no limit to how strong a human man can be”
- Jerry Boyed (Arm Wrestler)


“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and without anxiety.”
- A Course in Miracles


“But even in my darkest days I had faith it would turn around.”
- Steve Harvey


“If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, You are right.”
- Henry Ford


“There is something about the heat of the moment and when your not trying that it almost feels like the music kind of comes through you and plays you and you are just kind of a conduit for that energy. The longer that I play the more that that happens so I am very grateful for that.”
- Jeff Pevar



Me: God, can I ask You a question?
God: Sure
Me: Promise You won’t get mad ?
God: I promise
Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do u mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late
God: Yes
Me: My car took forever to start
God: Okay
Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait
God: Hmmm
Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call
God: All right
Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that
Me (humbled): OH
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me: (ashamed)
God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed):Okay
God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see
God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m Sorry God
God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the Good & the bad… And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.
Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.
God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…


“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”
- Hebrews 13:2


“You know it is love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”
- Julia Roberts


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
- Jim Rohn


“It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are
not.”

- Denis Waitley


“There is only one person responsible for the quality of life you live and that person is you.”
- Jack Canfield


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