By Miyamoto Musashi
Investigates the heritage 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 earrings (go rin no sho) --
The floor e-book. --
The water ebook. --
The hearth e-book. --
The wind publication. --
The e-book of the void
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Discern the enemy's capability and, knowing your own strong points, "cross the ford" at the advantageous place, as a good captain crosses a sea route. If you succeed in crossing at the best place, you may take your ease. To cross at a ford means to attack the enemy's weak point, and to put yourself in an advantageous position. This is how to win in large-scale strategy. The spirit of crossing at a ford is necessary in both large- and small-scale strategy. You must research this well. To Know the Times "To know the times" means to know the enemy's disposition in battle.
To start with, killing is not the Way of mankind. Killing is the same for people who know about fighting and for those who do not. It is the same for women or children, and there are not many different methods. We can speak of different tactics such as stabbing and mowing down, but none other than these. Anyway, cutting down the enemy is the Way of strategy, and there is no need for many refinements of it. Even so, according to the place, your long sword may be obstructed above or to the sides, so you will need to hold your sword in such manner that it can be used.
Move quickly and cut him strongly. This is Tai Tai No Sen These things cannot be clearly explained in words. You must research what is written here. In these three ways of forestalling, you must judge the situation. This does not mean that you always attack first; but if the enemy attacks first you can lead him around. In strategy, you have effectively won when you forestall the enemy, so you must train well to attain this. To Hold Down a Pillow To Hold Down a Pillow means not allowing the enemy's head to rise.
A book of five rings by Miyamoto Musashi