Yes Musashi did have students. I will go into more detail later but right now I am trying to recover from this mornings Combatives training, then I have go back on the matt after lunch?
Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai (Laughing Proud Warrior Invincible Asia) Dark Emperor of Baji!!!
Didn't anyone ever tell him a fat man could never be a ninja
You can't practice Judo just to win a Judo Match! You practice so that no matter what happens, you can win using Judo!
The key to fighting two men at once is to be much tougher than both of them.
Musashi did have students. He (suposedly) won his first duel when HE was a 13 year old boy.
Except for that whole The American Aggressor Started World War II bit... those crazy Japanese.
Originally Posted by miguksaram
yes he had students
a good book about Musashi's life is linked below. It covers a history of his life in a very good historical matter of fact sort of way. where there is conjecture he lists both sides of the story. It also has another translation of the book of five rings that I fond very good. Check it out.
I heard that Mushashi was made an honorary pirate by Blackbeard...and in return Mushashi helped him refine their pirate-fu to battle the ninja warlords that were constantly assaulting them.
Want to know what this has to do with Mushashi's style being passed down over the centuries, they're both BS.
I read that book pretty recently (a couple months ago), it's very good. And, according to that author, he did have students. I think it also has the lineage of his Niten Ryu, but I'm too lazy to get up, go get it, look it up, and copy it all down here.
There are also stories of him repelling enemies using his ki, and such.
Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu is a legit koryu. Every once a while they go to seminars in Europe and other continents.
this guy is making a mistake. Kashima Shinryu is, as far as I know, the only Kashima school that has instruction in the US (I'm at one), and our headmaster is 19th gen (Kashima Shinto Ryu is 65th generation), and he just described all our different diciplines. Ergo, he's confused us for our sister school. Common mistake. (He also seems to have a giant hardon for us. Not that I blame him.)
Originally Posted by Ronin
Araki Ryu  
Founded by Araki (Mujinsai) Mataemon Minamoto Hidetsuna (c. 1584-1638).
Ariki Hidetsuna was skilled in - amongst others - the Yagyu Shinkage Ryu and in the Muso Jikiden Ryu
These guys are also pretty interesting. The first kata they learn is a technique for kiling someone while serving them tea. They take that kind of approach to combat.
Quick note- using two swords at one is hard. If I recall correctly, dual sword samurai used to be easy to spot, because one shoulder was dramatically overdeveloped.
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