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Wayofaswede
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read it at least once - but many years have passed since then and this thread makes me want to start rereading it at once! (currently rereading "Zen in the martial arts" by Hyams)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scohen0300 wrote:
Iím in the middle of reading it. Considering Musashiís reputation, it feels like a privilege being able read something thatís almost directly from him. Itís creating questions!

Why is it, that one of the greatest swordsman of all time preferred fighting with a sword in each hand, yet Iíve never seen or heard of any schools that teach that?


The Book of Five Rings has been at the top of my to-be-read list for ages. I will read it as soon as I have some free time. My iaido instructor always recommends this book to us. He told once that his style hasn't gained much popularity, because using two swords is not something ordinary people can do easily. If you are not the master of your two hands (and your brain lobes), it is easy to be killed on the battleground. As the common aim of the many ways of sword is to survive, one sword is the choice of the majority.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Book Of five rings is in the public domain, that can be read or listened to very easily.

The most important aspect or essence of this book is the warrior's spirit, as he points out, that many martial artists are just merchandising sales people for the most part, not my opinion but Myomoto's.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I've read it several times over the years.

For me, right now, most of the value is the conceptual. For instance, the concept of leaning many things from one. On the face, he's talking about learning the way of strategy for many men from swordsmanship. From a modern perceptive, it's directly related to structuring the system of your teaching to link skills and fundamentals through multiple techniques to make learning and anchoring skills easier.

For example, advanced techniques in jiu jitsu are largely just fundamentals applied in unique ways. One of the first warm ups students learn is a stand and base line drill, or technical stand up, various names. Here's the thing, if you as an instructor present it right the student should see that what appears to be a complex deep half guard sweep is really just a stand and base applied from a position underneath the partner's hips with a very specific foot position. From one thing, 10,000.

It's just and example of one of the maxims from the book and it's application.

There is also specific application of tactical principles. The Fire Scroll is a treasure trove to anyone is a blade based art. We talked about this all the them in Kali, specifically his discussion to movement to the left and outside the primary attacking angle of a blade.

Good stuff all around. If you're taking the time to really sort out it's application your spending a ton of time dissecting your art, that's a good way to really begin to master it.

Highly recommend the book. Over and over again.
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