Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵) Greatest Swordsman of Japan

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was Japan’s Greatest Swordsman and Samurai. He created a style of Kenjutsu that uses two swords simultaneously and won sixty duels to the death.

Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, 12 March 1584, Ōhara-Chō, – 13 June 1645)[1], also known as Shinmen TakezōMiyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist nameNiten Dōraku,[2] was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer and rōnin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 61 duels (next is 33 by Itō Ittōsai). He is considered a Kensei, a sword-saint of Japan.[3] He was the founder of the Niten Ichi-ryū school or Nito Ichi-ryū style of swordsmanship, and in his final years authored The Book of Five Rings (五輪の書, Go Rin No Sho), and Dokkōdō (The Path of Aloneness). Both documents were given to Terao Magonojō, the most important of Musashi’s students, seven days before Musashi’s death. The Book of Five Rings deals primarily with the character of his Niten Ichi-ryū school in a concrete sense e.g. his own practical martial art and its generic significance; The Path of Aloneness on the other hand, deals with the ideas that lie behind it, as well as his life’s philosophy in a few short aphoristic sentences. The Miyamoto Musashi Budokan training centre, located in Ōhara-chō (Mimasaka), Okayama prefectureJapan was erected to honor his name and legend.

Miyamoto Musashi
Miyamoto Musashi in his prime, wielding two bokken. Woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
BornMiyamoto Bennosuke
c. 1584
Harima Province or Mimasaka Province, Japan
Died13 June 1645 (aged 60–61)
Higo Province, Japan
Native name宮本武蔵
Other namesNiten Dōraku; Shinmen Musashi no Kami Fujiwara no Harunobu
ResidenceJapan
StyleHyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū Kenjutsu (二天一流), Enmei-ryu (圓明流), (二天流)
Notable studentsTakemura YoemonTerao MagonojōTerao MotomenosukeFuruhashi Sōzaemon
Japanese name
Kanji宮本 武蔵
Hiraganaみやもと むさし
Katakanaミヤモト ムサシ

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