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Kenjutsu & Miyamoto Musashi – From Past to Present

Kenjutsu is the collective term for all Japanese swordsmanship schools, from the olden times up to today’s modern world. Kenjutsu was used by Japanese swordsmen in the early 11th century, which makes it one of the oldest sports known in Japanese culture.   This sport descends from Japanese samurai warriors. Kenjutsu integrates the techniques, teachings…

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You Probably Don’t Know These Things About Kendo & Miyamoto Musashi

Kendo is practiced by modern-day martial artists. It is a sport that uses bamboo swords, which are also known as Shinai. Armor is also used, which is called Bogu.   This modern-day Japanese martial art was inspired by the ancient Kenjutsu. This sport is a combination of traditional Kenjutsu methods and contemporary strategies.   This…

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Godai & Miyamoto Musashi – A Comprehensive Overview

Your day to day life is governed by certain principles and philosophies. These are mainly dependent on your country of origin. The Japanese greatly believe in The Five Elements philosophy, otherwise known as Godai.   Derived from Indian and Buddhist cultures, this philosophy was popularized when a renowned swordsman and martial artist, Miyamoto Musashi, wrote…

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Bojutsu

BOJUTSU System of armed combat using the bo, a staff 5′ long in Japan and 6′ long in Okinawa. Bojutsu was practiced by Japanese feudal warriors, although systematic bojutsu did not develope until the late Kamakura (1192-1333) or early Muromachi (1338-1598) periods. The katori Shinto-ryu style, founded by Izasha Inenao, is the root from which…

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Kendo – The Way Of The Sword

WHAT IS KENDO? The sword has been a part of Japanese culture since the earliest surviving records of that country. References to swordsmanship can be found in the ancient chronicles of Japanese history. Though it is difficult to make accurate date estimates from those sources, but some sources describe references as early as A.D. 400.…

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Katana Terminology – The Soul Of The Samurai

Samurai were the only people allowed to carry two swords, a pair called the daisho, (the “long and short”) as a badge of their unique warrior status. These two weapons, the long katana and the shorter wakizashi, were worn together although rarely used as a pair of weapons in combat. Miyamoto Musashi, the sword-saint and…

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Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi was a great figure in Japanese history. He was an effective military leader, for his great strategies. Musashi was also a great artist, being able to produce paintings, sculptures, and calligraphy which have become one of the finest among others in Japanese history. Musashi however, is best known for his great skill as…

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Zen Buddhism

Facts About Zen Buddhism & Its Origin Zen Buddhism is highly focused on seated meditation as a way to discover the purest state of one’s mind. It is a journey of self discovery by living in the moment. This practice basically offers a venue for a person to trigger their spiritual awareness. History of Zen…

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Zazen – Zen Meditation

How to Practice Zazen & Zen Meditation Zazen refers to Zen meditation that is done while sitting. It is the essence of Zen Buddhism practice where the execution or proper position is considered highly crucial when performing the meditation. Masters of Zazen believe that your posture or your body’s position during meditation can have a…

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Ronin Warriors

How a Samurai Becomes a Ronin The word “ronin” is a term popularly used in Japan for samurais who have no masters. This also pertains to vagrants or wanderers. It was mainly used during the Nara and Heian Era for runaway serfs who decided to abandon their master’s land to live on their own. These…

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