There are seven fundamental Pinewood Karate values which are integral to Pinewood principles and tradition. These seven values are the pillars of strength behind the Pinewood Karate system. These seven values are designed to help grow the individuals mind, body and spirit. Once learned, these seven values have far reaching potential which will improve every aspect of the student's life both with regard to their martial art training and the quality of their personal life. The seven values are as follows.
The Pinewood martial artist should have the ability to maintain an indomitable spirit and face fear, danger or adversity when they arise.
The golden rule applies. Students should do unto others as they would have others do unto them.
Pinewood students learn an earnest desire to achieve their personal best. Excellence is the goal at Pinewood Karate.
The Pinewood karate student is expected to use power constructively and avoid violence. He or she should never act recklessly.
One should do what is right both legally and morally even if no one is looking.
Fulfill your obligations and accept responsibility for your own actions.
Help others when opportunity arises. Instruct others in the Pinewood Karate way.
Pinewood does far more than merely pay lip service to these values. We have incorporated the education of these values into our instruction and practice. In addition to highly effective self defense techniques, Pinewood has adopted these values to build character and a strong moral basis for students who train in the Pinewood system.
In order to help reinforce the seven Pinewood Karate values we have established the Pinewood Karate Affirmation and the Pinewood Karate Pledge. Each statement is made by the most senior student and is then repeated by the class
"I have returned to strengthen my spirit."
"To train my heart, mind and body to never give up."
"I resolve to do my best and follow the Matsunoki way!"
Instructor: "Are you ready to train?"
Students: "We are ready!" (all together)
The Pinewood Affirmation and the Pinewood Pledge were written by Dr. Andrews based on traditional karate ethics and teachings. The word "Matsunoki" is Japanese for "Pinewood". Note: the Pinewood Pledge forms an acrostic with the first letter of each sentence, spelling the word Matsunoki.
The following are two of Dr. Andrews's favorite poems which provide inspiration and wisdom that is useful for Pinewood Martial artists.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
"Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he worked it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another try.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!