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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:13 am  Reply with quote

A Book of Five Rings by Mirumoto Musashi, reputedly the greatest swordsman in Japanese history, and one of the greatest in the history of the world. his ideas of swordsmanship, which can be ironically used for everything, litterally EVERTHING else. background history:

Musashi killed his first man at the age of 13: a fully armored samurai against a kid with a stick. kid/stick won.

by age 25 he had competed in over 60 duels, and won every one of them. many of them two, four and even ten-to-one odds.

by the age of 35, he decided that he was invinceble by human hands, and from then on only used wooden swords.

he never lost a duel.

he also never took a bath from the age of 15 on, for fear of getting caught flat-footed in the washtub.

he fought in and survived more feudal wars than almost any other man in recorded history.

he retired from swordsmanship at the age of 50 and went into a cave, where he became a self-taught master at painting, poetry, carving, songwriting, caligraphy, pottery-making, and other crafts. this was also the period in which he wrote A Book of Five Rings.

he lived to the age of 60, which is very impressive for over 300 years ago. not too shabby today, either.

now, GO READ!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2004 8:41 pm  Reply with quote

thanx...this looks cool as
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 12:48 pm  Reply with quote

Very interesting, one of those people who seems to fit the definition (which i like to use a lot) of mortal immortality.
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