Thursday, April 10, 2014

Muto Dori Hiden

Muto Dori Hiden

Many people think that Muto Dori is about the opponent wielding a sword while you have none, but this is not the case. Even if you have a sword, muto dori starts with the development of the courage to face an opponent with the preparedness of not having a sword. This means if you don't thoroughly train in taijutsu you will not obtain the knowledge of the refined skill of muto dori. Therefore, you must first know the purpose of the path of training. If you are unaware of this and proceed down the path of thinking that sword training is only about cutting and thrusting, then there is a danger that you will go down the path of the evil sword. The sword harnesses a pure essence that is life-giving; one who cannot live the way of the sword saint will foolishly think that the sword is only a tool for cutting. Those who do this can never achieve enlightenment.

- Masaaki Hatsumi

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