From The Avant/Garde Diaries comes a beautiful film about Japanese kendo (剣道) swordsmanship and the lessons it can teach us about disciplining the human character:

Western beauty is radiance, majesty, grandness and broadness. In comparison, eastern beauty is desolateness. Humility. Hidden beauty.

Even when a fighter is moving fast, his mind is calm, like an ocean with no waves. This is called an immovable mind. In opposite terms, when a fighter is completely still, his heart and mind is moving. So understanding the mind and actions of your opponent takes both stillness and movement.

…your ultimate foe is your own self. Your confusion, fears and arrogance may arise. To rebuke them, you need to raise your energy with a great battle cry.





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