Chapter Eleven


  • The past is part of the present
  • Know your martial arts history to understand the present
  • An unusual experience
Ryu Kyu KobujutsuKobujutsu have always been important to me. Yuishinkai Kobujutsu is like a living antique.

It really is important to analyse the history of the martial arts system you choose to learn. If you know the genealogy and history of your martial art you should have a sense of security.

You can only do this if you know that what you are doing is correct and worthwhile.

There is also an old samurai saying that could be kept in mind when thinking about these things.  The saying is “Shinu kikai o motomeru!”  It means, “Look for an opportunity to die (well)!”  However, a samurai actually held his life in great value.

One becomes highly trained in the ways of the past in the traditional martial arts dojo. Although not always recognised by others, one can develop into a man of quiet unassuming authority.  In Japanese terms, this would be a man of Shibumi. It’s a word with many meanings – a word without a direct translation into English. A true martial artist could be described as having “The art that conceals the art!”

I once had a rather unusual experience at a business meeting.  It made me think about my years of training in a traditional martial art system and I felt some sense of understanding that what I was doing in Yuishinkai Kobujutsu was a worthwhile pursuit in my life.


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