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Motivational & Inspirational Quotations

The following quotes have been chosen by Sensei to inspire and motivate. Such quotes, messages and life lessons are discussed at every Cobra Martial Arts class. At children's classes a new topic is discussed each week during the Master's Message segment of class. Topics include Respect, Stranger Danger, Peer Pressure, Goal Setting & Visualisation, How to Master Your Emotions, Punctuality, Nutrition, Conflict Avoidance, Honesty, Deflecting Negative Energy and Why Martial Artists do not use Cigarettes, Alcohol and Drugs..


Keep your thoughts positive, your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, your words become your actions. Keep your actions positive, your actions become your habits. Keep your habits positive, your habits become your destiny.

The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena... who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; Who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, fail by daring greatly... so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President of the USA

"I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions." - Dorothy Day

Don't believe that the lines on your palm predict your future. Those who don't have hands still have a future. You determine your own future.

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ultimate aim of Karate (Martial Arts) lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. - Gichin Funakoshi, 'the father of modern karate'

In order to realize our true self, we must be willing to live without being dependent upon the opinion of others.


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