The Historical Setting

The iron hand crushed the tyrant's head, and became a tyrant in his stead. Western people are genuinely surprised to tmd the Japanese martial disciplines characterized as an art in the sense ot being collectively one of the formless expressions of the Japanese soul, that is, expressions of the inner man. This aspect of the martial disciplines is not readily discernible to one unfamiliar with Japanese culture, unless he is content to see these disciplines merely as clever acts that comprise an...

The Rationale

Though a man should conquer a thousand limes a thuusand men in battle, He who conquers himself is the greatest warrior. The word budo and its associated meanings were known to thejapa-nese through the Chinese classics. By budo the Chinese meant a variety of subjects, the most important of which was the administration of government, including both civil and martial aspects they further suggested that a balance always be maintained between academic and martial learning. Originally the Japanese...

The Method

RhiTC is, apparently, ao wiv open to uicrc human beings to edumie a man, save fay getting him to cducatc himself. The atmosphere oi the classical bujutsu is that of Zen. To engage in such classical training is to learn the mode of Zen. It follows naturally that the characteristics of Zen must also permeate the classical budo forms and those who do noc appreciate Zen will not understand budo. Intuition is the Zen method. For the classical warrior, kan, a kind of intuitive perception or intuitive...