The legendary Musashi Miyamoto was an expert Japanese swordsman.
Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent and unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 60 duels (next is 33 by Ito Ittosai). He was the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and in his final years authored The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin no Sho), a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still read and studied today, was written in a cave called Reigando, located just outside Kumamoto in Kyushu.
Miyamoto Musashi wrote his “Gorinsho” at Reigando. I believe that martial arts practitioners from around the world actually come to experience pretty much the same things that I feel, that I think and that I realize.
Let’s create a Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Kumamoto to share these values, a place where we can come together with martial arts practitioners from all countries, to unite with one universal mind. Here, I think we can elevate the importance of world peace through our actions.
In Japanese there are 3 words with the same pronunciation of shōbu In English their meanings are win/lose, martial spirit (as found in Bushidō) and commander.
In life, we all win and we all lose, we develop the samurai spirit and we show respect for our leader.
Finally, through Bushido I feel that I am more and more drawn to my own base point, my home and my mind. I am convinced that if one can naturally return to his original figure, his center of gravity, his standing position, meaning coming to a full realization of himself, without over thinking
technique, he/she will have developed the natural skills to contribute positively to society.
In recent years, I see how there has been a tendency for martial arts to be viewed as a sport.
Because of that I would like to show the world that the real meaning of martial art lies in the fact that it is a way of being, a life path. If this concept were to be more fully understood, that the basis of any martial art is actually founded in harmony and peace, much of the world’s unnecessary
turmoil could, I believe, be resolved.
I want to help change the world into a place of peace and prosperity.