Tag Archive | swordsmanship

Book of Five Rings Explained by Hanshi Kaufman – Part 4

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Book of Five Rings Explained by Hanshi Kaufman – Part 3

Lesson 3 from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings by Hanshi Stephen Kaufman For more info on Hanshi Stephen Kaufman, visit http://www.hanshi.com

Hanshi Kaufman Demonstrates Iaido

Muso Shinden Mae is performed from a standing position. The turn to the left at the end of the kata is an added aspect by Hanshi Kaufman to take into consideration the possibility that the enemy in the rear has not been totally neutralized. For more info on Hanshi Stephen Kaufman, visit http://www.hanshi.com

In Celebration of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings

    EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE Tuttle Publishing, my publisher, is offering FREE copies of my version of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings in celebration of 20 years of continued sales and influence worldwide. In order to get your copy, you MUST have an Amazon account (nothing to buy) and pledge to do […]

Arrogance – Not Presumption

It is essential that a practitioner of an art, especially a mortal art such as swordsmanship, attain a level of consciousness that will require arrogance, not presumption, to enable the raising of oneself above a previous level of accomplishment that appears impossible to transcend. Why this is a requirement for self-enlightenment becomes apparent when looking […]

Iaido and Meditation

Meditation during practice consists of thinking about what you are going to do before you attempt to execute a tactic or technique and seeing it done as an extension of your expectation. Some call this visualization; the term is unnecessary. Most people are unable to quickly advance in their chosen discipline because they simply do […]

The Meaning of the Five Parts of the Book of Five Rings

from The Book of Earth The name of this book is Five Rings. Buddhist teachings contain the five elements of the universe: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and No-thing-ness. In the Book of Earth, the strategy of my school is explained. You are being told the reasons for my writing as well as their structure. You […]

Contemplating Strategy

from The Book of Earth Do not make the mistake of thinking that it is sufficient to finish one section of a job without having planned its continuation. If you are going to construct a desk, you must plan for drawers, knobs, etc. If not, the work may appear to be aesthetically pleasing, but in […]