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By Jonathan Clements

From a number one specialist in jap heritage, this is often one of many first complete histories of the artwork and tradition of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and may have a strong impression at the background and tradition of the rustic from the subsequent 500 years. Clements additionally appears on the Samurai wars that tore Japan aside within the seventeenth and 18th centuries and the way the caste used to be eventually demolished within the creation of the mechanized global.

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The Strong Long Sword Spirit in Other Schools You should not speak of strong and weak long swords. If you just wield the long sword in a strong spirit your cutting will become coarse, and if you use the sword coarsely you will have difficulty in winning. If you are concerned with the strength of your sword, you will try to cut unreasonably strongly, and will not be able to cut at all. It is also bad to try to cut strongly when testing the sword. Whenever you cross swords with an enemy you must not think of cutting him either strongly or weakly; just think of cutting and killing him.

To attain the Way of strategy as a warrior you must study fully other martial arts and not deviate even a little from the Way of the warrior. With your spirit settled, accumulate practice day-by-day, and hour-byhour. Polish the twofold spirit heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void. Until you realize the true Way, whether in Buddhism or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order.

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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