Reaching Mushin the Samurai Alternative

When all psychological blocks are removed the swordsman will move without conscious effort. Sword master Muneyoshi Yagyu 1527-1606 The Storekeeper and the Thief In Japan in the last century, storekeepers were considered lily-livered weaklings. One storekeeper became sick and tired of this reputation. To prove that it was totally false he took lessons at a martial arts dojo. He devoted himself religiously and after some years he became an expert. After closing his shop late one night, the...

Developing Joriki Your Power of Concentration in Action

The focused mind can pierce through stone. Japanese maxim Centuries ago there lived a man who had devoted himself completely to kyudo, the Way of the bow. Early one evening he was walking in the mountains when suddenly he saw a flicker of movement in the shadows. It was a tiger, its back arched, ready to pounce. Without hesitation the archer nocked the arrow. Concentrating all his power in the shot, since it might be his last, he let the arrow fly. A direct hit, right in the head. Without...

Ki The Spirit of the Wirrior

Mataemon Iso, jujutsu master For centuries Eastern warriors have sought to cultivate an extraordinary form of personal power. It is called ki pronounced key in Japan, chi chee in China and prana in India. We really have no one word in English that adequately conveys the full meaning of ki. Approximations include energy, spirit, aura, vitality, breath, life force and inner strength. It's simply ki. Like the businessman or anyone else living at the gut level,...

Slaying Your Emotional Dragons

Fast as the wind quiet as the forest aggressive as fire and immovable as a mountain. Samurai Shingen Takeda's battle banner The Battle on the Uji River A samurai lives and dies with his sword in hand. Kiyomasa Kato, sixteenth-century samurai general On a June day in 1180, fifty samurai of the Minamoto clan under the command of Yorimasa were holed up south of Kyoto in the villa of Byodo-in on the Uji River. Among them were many of the finest warriors in all Japan. With them were two hundred and...

Identifying Suki the

You've reached the wisdom of strategy when you cannot be deceived by men. Musashi Miyamoto, Gunpaisha in Business Gunpaisha in You Knowing which strategy to use and when and how to use it is one of your most important fighting skills. If you're losing a lot of your battles in any area of life being interviewed for a job, asking for a date, running a corporation or managing your career it might be that you're using the wrong strategy. Or you may be using the right one in the wrong way or at the...

Misai No Ichinen

Two swords worn by the samurai, one long and one short. To defeat in opening seconds. Attacking at the start. Way. A popular Japanese board game. Large metal fans carried into battle on which was inscribed information pertinent to the conduct of the battle. Keepers of gunpai, strategists. Suppression. Two eyesights. Ken is looking, kan is seeing into, or intuition. Unarmed martial art originating in Okinawa literally, empty kara hand te . There are wide differences among the more than seventy...

Stepping onto the Battlefield

Test your armor, but only test the front. When was the last time you were in a fight Whatever you answered, you were probably wrong. It wasn't the time in the third grade when you bloodied the nose of that wise guy, and it wasn't even last week. It was this morning or a few minutes ago. You might even be in a fight right now, for all you know. We are brought up to believe that fighting is the exception, a once-in-a-while thing, when all along it's the rule. From the first day of the year to the...

Leaping into Action Mo chih chu

The fighter is to be always single-minded with one object in view to fight, looking neither backward nor sidewise. To go straight forward in order to crush the enemy is all that is necessary for him. Quick Action in Kyoto and Washington, D.C. Samurai Musashi Miyamoto had already defeated two of the finest swordsmen of the Yoshioka family ryu school of swordsmanship in a field outside Kyoto when a duel with a third champion was arranged for the following morning. Suspecting treachery, Musashi...