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Musashi used a style called Nitō Ichi, which is translated as "two swords as one." Using the katana and wakizashi-kenjutsu techniques, Musashi went undefeated in his duels with a record of 60-0.
Read more about the master swordsman below...
Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584 in Harima Province, Japan according to his own masterpiece, the legendary, “Book of Five Rings”. Musashi was unparalleled as a master swordsman, undefeated with a record in Duels of 60 wins, keeping in mind that many of them were a fight to the death. His style incorporated a system of 2 swords that is outlined in his book and still practiced today. But his mastery of the fighting arts went well beyond the use of weapons. He was a master tactician who was one of the first warriors to refine and incorporate psychological warfare.
Now a Ronin
Musashi was a Ronin, or a samurai without a lord to serve. He traveled the countryside bent on challenging renowned swordsman to fight. At that time, a duel between Samurai was a very formal event complete with invitations and strict protocol that demanded respect. That was all Musashi needed to often gain an advantage over his adversaries.
In many of his duels, particularly the ones with very famous, high profile Samurai, he sought an advantage in aggravating his opponents with insult, with his demeanor, or perhaps the way he was dressed. He knew that having his opponent fight out of emotion and anger created openings that would otherwise not be there.
A famous duel
In 1612, Musashi fought his now famous duel with Sasaki Kojiro also known as the “The Demon of the Western Provinces”. The duel took place on the island of Funajima (later Ganryu Island) where a statue commemorating the epic battle stands today. It was a quick fight because Musashi knew Kojiro could be bested by a weapon of greater length as Kojiro fought with an extra-long sword. Legend has it that Musashi carved a bokken (wooden sword) from a boat oar and then used it to finish his opponent. One feint, a quick dodge, and a single blow to the ribs that also punctured Kojiro’s lungs finished the Demon of the Western Provinces.
How did Musashi defeat a renowned swordsman so easily? Psychological warfare! Kojiro arrived promptly and dressed in traditional robes while Musashi was extremely late and dressed in common clothes that were unclean. Arriving late and the disrespect shown by Miyamato Musashi infuriated Kojiro and he was easily tempted into attacking first out of anger. This proved to be a fatal mistake as Musashi made quick work of him. Legend also has it that while Musashi was victorious, he lamented over the fact that a great warrior was dead.
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