By Miyamoto Musashi
Investigates the background and philosophy of the normal type of eastern sword scuffling with often called Kendo.
Japan in the course of Musashi's lifetime. --
Kendo and Zen. --
Concerning the lifetime of Miyamoto Musashi. --
The works of Miyamoto Musashi. --
A booklet of 5 jewelry (go rin no sho) --
The floor booklet. --
The water booklet. --
The fireplace ebook. --
The wind ebook. --
The ebook of the void
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Additional resources for A book of five rings
Use of Attitudes of the Long Sword in Other Schools Placing a great deal of importance on the attitudes of the long sword is a mistaken way of thinking. What is known in the world as "attitude" applies when there is no enemy. The reason is that this has been a precedent since ancient times, that there should be no such thing as "This is the modern way to do it" duelling. You must force the enemy into inconvenient situations. Attitudes are for situations in which you are not to be moved. That is, for garrisoning castles, battle array, and so on, showing the spirit of not being moved even by a strong assault.
This is one of the essences of strategy. It is necessary that the warrior think in this spirit in everyday life. You must not depart from this spirit in large-scale strategy nor in single combat. The Commander Knows the Troops "The commander knows the troops" applies everywhere in fights in my Way of strategy. Using the wisdom of strategy, think of the enemy as your own troops. When you think in this way you can move him at will and be able to chase him around. You become the general and the enemy becomes your troops.
Obviously the enemy will also be thinking of doing this, but he cannot forestall you if you do not allow him to come out. In strategy, you must stop the enemy as he attempts to cut; you must push down his thrust, and throw off his hold when he tries to grapple. This is the meaning of "to hold down a pillow". When you have grasped this principle, whatever the enemy tries to bring about in the fight you will see in advance and suppress it. ". The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions.