The Samurai

“One of the most important elements in the samurai culture was the concept of the fragility and briefness of life.” – Boye Lafayette De Mente

This is because from a very young age the samurai class was taught that life was fragile and that it can go away at any time. Therefore if the samurai made sure to follow of the rules then they would not have any remorse if they had to die at a moments notice.

20 Martial Secrets of the Samurai

Samurai Strategies

– For a more in depth look into the real meaning of what is mentioned on this page read the book Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings – by Boye Lafayette De Mente

  1. Set Goals
  2. Life-or-Death Discipline
  3. Train to Win
  4. Be Prepared
  5. The Illusion of Form
  6. Absolute Integrity
  7. Train the Mind
  8. Clear the Mind
  9. The Power of Emptyness
  10. Learn from Your Opponent
  11. Pay Attention to Details
  12. The Power of Silence
  13. Change the Rules of Engagement
  14. The Power of Fear
  15. Confuse Your Opponent
  16. The Mind as a Weapon
  17. See What Cannot Be Seen
  18. Don’t Get Stuck on One Style
  19. The Importance of Felxibility
  20. Make Sure You See the Big Picture

Quote #1

in the book Samurai Strategies…


“Musashi did not believe in rigidly following kamae – the traditional stance at the beginning of a sword fight. He deliberately chose to think outside the box. The result was that in addition to fighting over sixty duels to the death before he was thirty, he participated in thousands of matches during his long life, never once losing” – Michiro Matsumoto


Getting the Rest

This list is derived entirely from the Book Samurai Strategies – Boye Lagayette De Mente

Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings

by: Boye Lafayette De Mente, Michihiro Matsumoto

The most famous combat strategist in Japanese history was Musashi Miyamoto, a warrior who lived from 1584 to 1645. Miyamoto fought his first duel to the death when he was 13, killing a veteran warrior more than twice his age. By the time he was 29 he had killed more than 60 other warriors in duels and was a legend in his own time.

Setting Goals

in the book Samurai Strategies…


“First, you must chose a goal before you can achieve it, and second, the more dificult and dangerous your goal is, the more effort you must put forth into achieving it.”


Way of the Worrior

Part of a eight part series documentary on the Martial Arts of south and south east Asia, originally broadcast on the BBC in the early 1980s. This episode follows an ancient Dojo in Japan who still practice the Samurai way. Part 1 of 4 parts.

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Part 2

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