A book of five rings by Miyamoto Musashi

By Miyamoto Musashi

Investigates the background and philosophy of the conventional kind of jap sword battling often called Kendo.

Japan in the course of Musashi's lifetime. --
Kendo. --
Kendo and Zen. --
Concerning the lifetime of Miyamoto Musashi. --
The works of Miyamoto Musashi. --
A booklet of 5 jewelry (go rin no sho) --
Introduction. --
The flooring ebook. --
The water ebook. --
The hearth publication. --
The wind publication. --
The ebook of the void

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Some fix the eyes on the face, and some fix the eyes on the feet, and so on. If you fix the eyes on these places your spirit can become confused, and your strategy thwarted. I will explain this in detail. Footballers do not fix their eyes on the ball, but by good play on the field they can perform well. When you become accustomed to something, you are not limited to the use of your eyes. People such as master musicians have the music score in front of their nose, or flourish the sword in several ways when they have mastered the Way, but this does not mean that they fix their eyes on these things specifically, or that they make pointless movements of the sword.

You must train in penetrating the depths for large-scale strategy and also single combat. To Renew "To renew" applies when we are fighting with the enemy, and an entangled spirit arises where there is no possible resolution. We must abandon our efforts, think of the situation in a fresh spirit then win in the new rhythm. To renew, when we are deadlocked with the enemy, means that without changing our circumstance we change our spirit and win through a different technique. It is necessary to consider how "to renew" also applies in large-scale strategy.

If you try to cut quickly, as if using a fan or short sword, you will not actually cut even a little. You must appreciate this. In large-scale strategy also, a fast busy spirit is undesirable. The spirit must be that of holding down a pillow, then you will not be even a little late. When you opponent is hurrying recklessly, you must act contrarily, and keep calm. You must not be influenced by the opponent. Train diligently to attain this spirit. "Interior" and "Surface" in Other Schools There is no "interior" nor "surface" in strategy.

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