Friday, August 30, 2013

Bugei no jo

The 19th century Bugei no jo text has been deciphered and translated. The text is a teaching manual for young Samurai, imparting rituals, methods and translations of other masters to the martial arts.

"When knowledge is mature, the mind forgets about the hand, the hand forgets about the sword." 

The book does however, lack specifics about techniques, restricting itself to advice couched in terms much like the above. The actual techniques were taught by a Master, and kept secret for reasons of mysticism and safety . . . it doing no good to allow your enemy access to your style and technique.


In these two photos, look as you might, but you won't find fear.

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