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The truth behind swordsmanship
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http://kenshi247.net/blog/blog/2010/1 ... uth-behind-swordsmanship/

A philosophical article about swordsmanship written by Yamaoka Tetsutaro "Tesshu" translated on kenshi247.net

http://libw01.kokushikan.ac.jp/data/1 ... istfile/21asia_003_04.pdf

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I would like to discuss this single element of the article in some detail:

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"If you think this way is easy, then you can say its very easy; if you think this way to be hard, then in actual fact it is very hard. For someone who studies The Way, arbitrarily choosing what you think to be the easiest way is not good."


What do you think it means and how does it apply to training and life in general?

Posted on: 2010/11/19 12:12
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Perception is flexible have a good attitude keep pressing forward enjoy everything as a gift both the good and the hard stuff :)

Posted on: 2010/11/21 5:46
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Quote:
The Road Less Travelled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost


I think Robert Frost's famous poem is saying something similar as your section of the translation. I majored in English for my undergrad and I know that most people missunderstand the meaning of Frost's poem. Most people think that the narrator is saying that he took the road less travelled of the two paths, and that is the best way to go in life. This is very incorrect. The second stanza the narrator admits that both paths are worn equally. They are both "the road less travelled." The poem is saying that it doesn't matter what path is chosen, just the fact that the road was chosen. By choosing a path, that is what has made all the difference, instead of aimlessly wandering. Even if he'd chosen the other path he would be just as satisfied with the results because it was the one he chose. There is a lot more to this poem, I could write an entire thesis on it alone, but this is sufficient for now.

When practicing in martial arts, things are at times going to go easily, and if so, then it is going to be very easy because we grasped them as such. When things are hard, they are very hard because it seems the answer is never within grasp. We chose to practice budo, not because it is easy, but because it is what we have chosen to study. Whether it be hard or easy at times doesn't matter, only the fact that we've chosen and continue training. That's what I got from it.

Posted on: 2010/11/22 7:09
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Hi,

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, knowing your own limits and those close to you.

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Matt

Posted on: 2010/11/23 15:25
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