Monday, September 05, 2005

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi. He is the famous swordman of the XVII century that created the Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu school of swordmanship.

His most important writting is the Gorin No Sho (The Book of Five Rings, or more accurately translated as The Book of the Tombstone).

Anyone interested in using the two swords (daisho) should take a look at Musashi's school. Of course there is also the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, certain branches of Daito Ryu and Saotome's Two Swords of Aikido for example.

Some techniques can be found in Anji-san web site (Kampai Budokai).


Anonymous said...

"The historical Musashi was foremost an enigmatic character. Most of what is written about him, or credited to him, is fiction. For example, he did not write the Gorin no sho. Those who came after and eulogized him did the writing. This was much like the Bible, Qur’an, etc., where students recalled the great man’s sayings and statements plus whatever embellishments the writers wished to add. The result was the Gorin no sho we have today."

Donn Draeger.



Flintstone said...

Wooops... if that's so, the very pillars of the Earth might be trembling now. First notice I have about it. Promise.

What about Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu?