In this video I discuss one of my favorite samurai quotes by Miyamoto Musashi: “Kokoro Tsuneni Michi no Hanarezu”, which means: “Never Stray From The Way”. This is a quote that I live by and a philosophy that motivates me everyday to do what I do.
I admit, I could have done a much better job editing the video. But I do believe that the message that I was trying to put forth, is loud and clear. Thank you all for your love and support. This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
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Without knowledge, a high level of warrior skill will never be focused.
Without high level of skill, one may never attain a high level of true strength.
Without true strength, knowledge may not be applied.
Without applied knowledge, one will never find wisdom.
Without wisdom, one will never find the enlightenment of which they seek.
This is a insight towards training that I came up with this morning, not for sure if it makes sense to any of you, but it makes sense to me, I hope that it helps all of you with your training.
Thank you all for your support!
Take Care, Be safe and good Luck in your Journey of Budo – Christa Jacobson
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4th Soke of Kosei Ryu Kempo
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“Outside of Japan, people think Bushido is synonymous with harakiri. Actually, the meaning of Bushido is to achieve something in this world and then to be able to throw away this body and accept death. But this concept is very easily misunderstood. It’s really quite different from just going out and dying. If you fail to achieve something and say “Oh, I must kill myself” it’s not a very productive way of thinking. Bushido rejects that irresponsible way of thinking. There is also in Bushido the concept of continuing to live even though you may have to live in shame. If there is a way to right the wrong you’ve done, then you should do so. This is the real Bushido.”
Risuke Ōtake (大竹利典)
Shihan (Teaching Master) of Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū
Risuke Otake of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu (one of the oldest koryu bujutsu, dating back to the middle Muromachi period) said in an interview that the popular idea of Bushido is over-romantic and misleading.
I hope that you enjoy today’s lesson and insight!
Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo: