The Mind of the Martial Artist

Thoughts from a 500 year old Musha Shugyo
The most famous musha shugyo was that of Miyamoto Musashi. 500 years ago, as a thirteen-year-old he killed a man in a duel, and set out to see what he might become. At the end of his Journey he wrote A Book of Five Rings. Here are quotes, and an interpretation.

“The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands

is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means.

a criminal of purpose

“Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. ”

The true Science of martial arts

means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. - Theodore Roosevelt