Restraint (karate ni sente nashii)

There is no first attack in karate. Funakoshi Sensei popularized this statement to encourage practitioners to emphasize understanding, restraint and non-aggression. Each attack may be interpreted differently. For example, one need not wait for an attacker to shoot if a gun is drawn and pointed. With that said, however, the idea of karate ni sente nashii is one of courtesy and understanding in seeking peaceful solutions to differences. Work to find a peaceful solution first, if possible, rather than pound on the opponent and ask questions later.