The Legend Lives

“You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.”  Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy Musashi’s physical strength and prowess waned in the year 1642 when he suffered attacks of neuralgia, a painful condition affecting the function of nerves.  He chose to live his remaining years as…

The Way of Strategy

“When I reached thirty I looked back on my past.  The previous victories were not due to my having mastered strategy.  Perhaps it was natural ability, or the order of heaven, or that other schools’ strategy was inferior.  After that I studied morning and evening searching for the principle, and came to realise the Way…

The Time of the Ronin

“The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things.”  Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings The unification of Japan under Tokugawa brought peace to the land.  The…

Kenjutsu – The Way of the Sword

“It is difficult to realize the true Way just through sword-fencing. Know the smallest things and the biggest things, the shallowest things and the deepest things.” Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings: Miyamoto Musashi Musashi, son of a samurai, was orphaned by seven.  Known as Ben No Suke during his childhood, Musashi was taken in…

The Three Shoguns

“No man is invincible, and therefore no man can fully understand that which would make him invincible” Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy Musashi  lived under the rule of three charismatic Shoguns.  Nobunaga Oda was the first to rise to power in 1573, and would be known for successfully unifying,…

The Samurai

“You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain” Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy Musashi was an extraordinary man who lived during an extraordinary period in history.  Twelve century Japan saw the end of the traditional rule of the emperors.  By the…