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  Miyamoto Musashi
The famed swordsman Miyamoto Musashi was born Shinmen Takezo in Harima Province and may have fought at Sekigahara under the Ukita as a common soldier.
Musashi the man must have cut a forbidding appearance: he was said to have rarely bathed or changed his clothes as well as suffering from a somewhat disfiguring skin condition.
Musashi's own book, the Gorin no shô;, was quite well thought of in the United States during the 1980's as a glimpse into the Japanese mind, and was thus consumed by American businessmen - perhaps to the ironic amusement of their Japanese counterparts.
www.samurai-archives.com /musashi.html   (560 words)

 Miyamoto Musashi - Sword Arts Wiki
Musashi applied to become a swordmaster to the Shogun, but as he already had two swordmasters (Ono Jiroemon and Yagyu Munenori- the latter also a political advisor to the shogun, in addition to his position as the head of the Shogunate's secret police), his application was denied.
Throughout the book, Musashi employs that the way of the Warrior, as well as the meaning of a "True strategist" is that of somebody who has made mastery of many art forms away from that of the sword, such as tea drinking (sado), laboring, writing, and painting as Musashi practiced throughout his life.
Musashi's metaphor for Strategy is that of the Nut and the flower, similar to western philosophy of "The chicken or the egg", the "nut" being the student, the "flower" being the technique.
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 A Book of Five Rings - Concerning the life of Miyamoto Musashi
Musashi is known to the Japanese as "Kinsei", that is, "Sword Saint".
Musashi writes about the various aspects of Kendo in such a way that it is possible for the beginner to study at beginner's level, and for Kendo masters to study the same words on a higher level.
Musashi's life study is thus as relevant in the twentieth century as it was on the medieval battleground, and applies not just to the Japanese race but to all nations.
www.samurai.com /5rings/transintro/life.html   (2712 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Miyamoto Musashi and Tomoe Gozen - Samurai Warriors
A descendant of the Fujiwara clan who were pre-eminent in the Heian period, Musashi had a complex relationship with his emotionally, and literally, distant father, before being orphaned at the age of seven and left in the care of his uncle, a priest.
As shown by this incident, Musashi was a shrewd and ruthless combatant, and had little attachment to the idea of a fair fight, but this is not to say that he could not win a straight match.
Musashi identifies four ways of life - farmer, merchant, noble warrior and craftsman - and expounds on the way of the warrior, and the mindset and philosophies required of a true samurai.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A681004   (1747 words)

 Leadership Development - Results focused Leadership thinking and practice from around the Globe
Musashi believed the teaching would not only help warriors, but would also be useful to artists, laborers,merchants or bureaucrats, as an adjunct to their own separate, disciplinary study.
Musashi was born in the Mimasaka province of Japan in 1584.
Musashi was a ronin (an unattached Samurai), seeking duels to test his skills.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Miyamoto Musashi et al - Book of Five Rings at Epinions.com
Musashi has no intention of boasting his achievements; his inclination steers towards delienating his discoeries in the study of martial arts.
Musashi is short and to the point, and he assumes that the person reading this book is an experienced martial artist.
Musashi believes all movement should be done with the intention to kill, every single cut of the sword done for the purpose of inflicting a mortal wound.
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Musashi is reputed to have had his first duel and killed a samurai named Arima Kibei of the Shinto Ryu School at age thirteen.
Musashi’s skill with the sword was so high that he fought many of his duels with a bokken or wooden sword.
Musashi’s success in combat was due in part to his intense psychological nature and total commitment to swordsmanship.
www.worldbudokan.com /Articles/MiyamotoMusashi.htm   (2269 words)

 Dave's Sources Site
Miyamoto Musashi was born in the twelveth year of the rule of Tensho(1584), in Miyamoto, Ohara town.
Musashi's father, Munisai, and Grandfather were both in the service of the Shinmen family, who controlled Mimasaka county from Mt.Takeyama castle, as protectors and trainers of the forces.
Musashi wandered about for a long time, and when he was over 50 years old he enjoyed the patronage of Hosokawa Tadatoshi, the feudal master of Kumamoto.
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 Kenshi, Miyamoto Musashi
Musashi was also a great artist, being able to produce paintings, sculptures, and calligraphy which have become one of the finest among others in Japanese history.
Musashi waited concealed in the shadows, and just as they were thinking that he had thought better of it and had decided to leave Kyoto, he suddenly appeared in the midst of them, and cut the boy down.
Musashi had fought in more than 60 duels by the age of 29 and was victorious in all.
www.geocities.com /Colosseum/1705/musashi.html   (1553 words)

 Untitled Document
Musashi was reputed to be very athletic, able to jump over 1.8 meters (5 feet 9 inches) from a standing position, and that was one tactic used against Kojiro in Musashi’s most famous battle.
Musashi carved the wooden sword to be of greater length, and when he arrived on the beach for the dual, he kept it hidden behind him until the dual started.
Musashi, by request made one hour before his death, wished to be buried in the armor of a samurai general, standing with sword in hand, guarding the Tokaido road to Edo (Tokyo) at the border of the Kumamoto prefecture (today’s name).
www.musashiusa.org /pages_F/History.htm   (1906 words)

 Base on true story MOVIES: Miyamoto Musashi
Musashi apparently fought on the side of the Toyotomi's "Army of the West", as the Shinmen clan (to whom his family owed allegiance) had allied with them.
Musashi applied to become a swordmaster to the Shogun, but as he already had two swordmasters (Ono Jiroemon Tadaaki and Yagyu Munenori - the latter also a political advisor to the Shogun, in addition to his position as the head of the Shogunate's secret police), his application was denied.
Musashi was hailed as an extraordinary sumi-e artist in the use of ink monochrome as depicted in two such famous paintings: "Shrike Perched in a Dead Tree" (Koboku Meigekizu, 枯木鳴鵙図) and "Wild Geese Among Reeds" (Rozanzu, 魯山図).
base-on-true-story.blogspot.com /2008/01/miyamoto-musashi.html   (4294 words)

 Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1955) - Spout   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Musashi Miyamoto was the first entry in Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Ingaki's Samurai trilogy.
Toshiro Mifune is Takezo, a good-for-nothing from the farming village of Miyamoto, who dreams of becoming a samurai in 17th century Japan.
Based on a mammoth novel by Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi Miyamoto was followed by Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Duel at Ganyru Island.
www.spout.com /films/Samurai1MusashiMiyamoto/29932/default.aspx   (167 words)

 Brave Fencer Musashi's Book of 5 Rings - Biography
Musashi was born in Miyamoto village to a noble, if somewhat humble, family.
Musashi was quite tall and had facial scars from a childhood illness that meant no amount of grooming would make him attractive.
Musashi said that being surrounded by so many enemies made him spontaneously put out both swords using one to control the enemy's position and the other to kill.
artofwar.thetao.info /japan/musashi.htm   (758 words)

 Amazon.de: The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi: English Books: William Scott Wilson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Musashi is primarily known in the West as the author of The Book of Five Rings, a guide to swordsmanship strategies that became a essential business-strategy manual in the 1980s.
Wilson, having translated Musashi's book into English, turns for the first time to biography, with as complete a life of the man behind the sword as possible, given his legendary stature and peripatetic, largely undocumented story.
Musashi lived in the 17th century and had his first match at 13 with a shugyosha (an older, professional swordsman); only Musashi walked away alive.
www.amazon.de /Lone-Samurai-Life-Miyamoto-Musashi/dp/477002942X   (669 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Books: The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi, Hardcover
Born into strife, Miyamoto Musashi ultimately lived to see his country achieve peace; but he never forgot two essential elements of the ancient samurai tradition: keep calm in the midst of chaos, and remember the possibility of disorder in times of order.
Musashi's timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant was addressed to the readers of earlier times on the battlefield, and now serves the modern reader in the battle of life.
Musashi says things like "It is crucial to think of everything as an opportunity to kill," and there's no question his primer on training the would-be warrior's mind and body is, in that respect, as effective as ever.
search.barnesandnoble.com /The-Book-of-Five-Rings/Miyamoto-Musashi/e/9780760784570   (931 words)

 Miyamoto Musashi - SamuraiWiki
Musashi has enjoyed an immense popularity in the 20th Century and beyond, largely as a result of Yoshikawa's novel (which was originally published in serialized form in the Asahi Shimbun).
Musashi skillfully weaves fact and fiction together to create an engrossing tale that has experienced increasing renown in the West.
Musashi's own book, the Gorin no Shô, was quite well thought of in the United States during the 1980's as a glimpse into the Japanese mind, and was thus consumed by American businessmen - perhaps to the ironic amusement of their Japanese counterparts.
wiki.samurai-archives.com /index.php?title=Miyamoto_Musashi   (566 words)

 Miyamoto Musashi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1611, Musashi began practicing zazen at the Myoshinji Temple, where he met Nagaoka Sado, vassal to Lord Hosokawa Tadaoki; Tadaoki was a powerful lord who had received the fief of northern Kyūshū after the Battle of Sekigahara.
Musashi came late and unkempt to the appointed place — the remote island of Funajima, north of Kyūshū.
In 1621, Musashi defeated Miyake Gunbei and three other adepts of the Togun ryu in front of the lord of Himeji; it was after this victory that he helped plan Himeji.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Miyamoto_Musashi   (6144 words)

 Here and There - Miyamoto Musashi
Musashi was born in 1584 during the period of Warring States which was characterized by constant turmoil as warlords fought and usurped territory or found their own territory usurped.
The 17 year old Musashi took part in that battle after having been taught the art of fencing by his father and defeating his first major opponent when he was only 13.
Musashi fought the most important duel of his life against Sasaki Kojiro (played by Matsuoka Masahiro, who has appeared in other NHK productions, although he began his career as a singer and has participated in the traditional New Year’s Eve “Ko-Haku Uta Gassen” songfest for the past nine years).
www.sushiandtofu.com /sushi_and_tofu/hereAndThere_miyamotoMusashi_0309.htm   (901 words)

 Japanese Navy Ships--Musashi (Battleship, 1942-1944)
Musashi, "sister" of the 65,000-ton battleship Yamato, was built at Nagasaki, Japan.
Commissioned in August 1942, she was stationed at Truk from January 1943 into 1944 as part of a heavy force covering the Central Pacific against the threat of an American offensive.
Her next, and last, major operation was the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in which the Japanese surface navy made a final major effort to repulse the U.S. drive into the Western Pacific.
www.history.navy.mil /photos/sh-fornv/japan/japsh-m/musashi.htm   (688 words)

 miyamoto musashi
The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned.
"Miyamoto Musashi", in which Koji Yakusho played the title role, was an NHK's one-year TV serial drama from April 4, 1984 to March 13, 1985.
Certainly, Koji Yakusho' Musashi will long be remembered by his fans, together with his role as Oda Nobunaga, which he played in the NHK's one year TV program, "Tokugawa Ieyasu", released in 1983.
www.pymmik.com /miyamoto-musashi.html   (881 words)

 SPCNET.TV - Miyamoto Musashi
Compared to works of JY and LYS, which imo don't hint Japanese influence, the works of Gu Long were said to be influenced by a book by Yoshikawa Eiji 'Miyamoto Musashi' (a historical fiction) which was at first serialized during 1935-37 in the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
There is also a movie by director Ryuhei Kitamura called Aragami, about a tired Musashi, whose skills are explained by his being a deity of war, an aragami, who wishes to be killed by a worthy warrior.
But when he took on the name Musashi, his understanding of the sword was great (after 3 years of reading) so he could use one stroke with his wooden sword and he can kill someone.
www.spcnet.tv /forums/showthread.php?t=8305   (1072 words)

 E-Budo.com - LIGHTNING IN THE VOID: The Authentic History of Miyamoto Musashi
Although the life of Miyamoto Musashi was certainly interesting the first time I read about him, after reading over ten books on the subject of his life or his writings over the years, his life and writings don't interest me much any more.
I saw "Lightning in the Void; The Authentic History of Miyamoto Musashi" by John Carroll on the bookstore shelf the other day, took one look at the title and picture of the author dressed in a cowboy hat and holding a rifle, and set the book back on the shelf.
Musashi was a man "whose time had passed, or more precisely had never really come." He dedicated himself to killing others who had done him no harm, simply to advance his career.
www.e-budo.com /forum/showthread.php?t=33340   (2070 words)

 YouTube - Sengoku Musou 2 Miyamoto Musashi 3   (Site not responding. Last check: )
miyamoto musashi historically killed kojiro with the oar.
According to A Book of Five Rings (which was orginally written by musashi then translated) says that he clocked kojiro one the head as kojiro tore his headband and his hakama in one slash.
musashi killed kojiro with an oar not a blade....and thats why he decided to beat ppl to death with bokkens....thats why miyamoto is so frickin awesome....
youtube.com /watch?v=zcagYXHEzS4   (363 words)

 Seven Lessons from Miyamoto Musashi - By Phil Elmore - MartialTalk.Com
Musashi's "School of Two Skies" was devoted to the simultaneous use of the katana and wakizashi -- something that I gather was not done by all schools of swordsmanship at the time.
Musashi speaks of moving on the heels in executing footwork -- not on the balls of the feet and certainly not on the toes.
Musashi was, by all accounts, not a complicated man. It's possible he wasn't an altogether pleasant man, either.
www.martialtalk.com /forum/showthread.php?t=29646   (1707 words)

 Samurai Sword Legend Musashi - Master of the Way of Martial Arts and Strategy
The samurai were a warrior class in Japan that were known for their proficiency and devotion to the martial arts, especially the wielding of the samurai sword.
Musashi Miyamoto was a legendary samurai who lived from 1584 to 1645.
Musashi Miyamoto's book on his school of sword fighting and on the Way of the the Warrior.
www.musashimiyamoto.com   (131 words)

 Musashi :: jdorama.com
In retaliation to his abandonment by his overbearing father when he was a child, Musashi Miyamoto sets out to become a master swordsman.
Ichikawa Shinnosuke as Shinmen Takezo aka Miyamoto Musashi is untouchable in this drama.
Musashi was a ronin at a time of samurai elitism.
jdorama.com /drama.742.htm   (1594 words)

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