BRING A STICK TO A SWORD–FIGHT.?. THE SMASHING LEGEND.

 

SHINY DELL SILVER MOON SHIRO

GREETINGS FROM SHIROs AND SILVER MOONs.

 

TAKAMATSU SOKE.

SOKE TAKAMATSU.

ARTICLE AND BONUS STICK SLIDE-SHOW.

LEGENDS from the WAY OF THE WOOD

work their sticky way herein…via SHIRO.

A WALL OF WOOD…MOVIE MAYHEM STYLE.

 

 BRING A STICK…

 TO A SWORD--FIGHT.?.

 THE SMASHING LEGEND.

 

The STICK was one of our earliest WEAPONS.

A rock was the other.

So the LEGENDS say. LEGENDS of two, retold.

 

Relatively easy to find and use.

Either or both of them.

Most fit nicely in the hands too. Choice.

TERMS.

BASIC TERMINOLOGY.

 

 YOUR WEAPON OF CHOICE ?

…is WOOD !

We have also sportified the concept with bat and ball type games and more. Much of recent production of sport + rec. equipment involved WOOD in some manner.

Simple in action with subtle strengths.(click)

WOOD indeed, is a versatile and somewhat practical useful all-rounder material with a great many uses tag applied indeed.

Home tool/essential, sport equip and fire-starter item too. LEGEND.

However…

 

Would YOU though ?,…bring a STICK to a SWORD FIGHT..?

LEGENDS of 2 , the AWESOME + the SMASHING

retold herein over 2 articles, (click)

who did just that…

and started a trend.

 

LEGENDS from the WAY OF THE STICK.

Njoy.

 

 BRING A STICK…

JAPANESE OAK TREE; KYOTO.

 THE SMASHING LEGEND.

 aka MUSASHI LEARNS-

 NOTHING HE DID…

 WOOD WOULD WORK.

…Some time before the AWESOME LEGEND was CARVED… near the Shiojiri Pass and the Shrine of Sengen, where,.. from the pinnacle, one can see FUJIYAMA many miles away…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on a clear day;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE WAY OF THE WOOD… smashed into MUSASHI’s
chest. He did not  SEE OR KNOW HOW the WOODEN JO of some 4 foot in length had penetrated his SWORD laden defences… but the WOOD knew… and MUSASHI had now felt it’s inherent POWER.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This DUEL… or rather TRAINING DUEL was done as far as MUSASHI was concerned. Done. NOTHING he did… wood would work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Encouraged by his opponent’s Mother as well as opponent MUSO GONNOSUKE KATSUYOSHI… the training session was not however, well thought out. Eager to see her son train… after some 10 years of SOLO… and a fellow WARRIOR arriving locally… she had sought out MUSASHI herself to get his agreement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He, MUSASHI tentatively agreeing as ALL SAMURAI MUST… replying,.. she announced it was to be then an here… NOW.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two young and eager WARRIORS OF A WAY… SWORD v WOOD … such training them days quite rare it seems. MUSASHI AND GONNOSUKE however… were now both facing the reality of COMBAT. And it’s resultant loss.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Each had no reason to hate or wish death on the other. A simple friendship and camaraderie had developed even after just a week… as long as you don’t ask about the incident with the stray cow whilst both are around… but that is altogether, another LEGENDARY tail Tale indeed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE WAY OF THE WOODsmashed into MUSASHI’s chest… NOTHING he did WOOD WOULD WORK.

 

MUSASHI’s brow creased, in concentration and frustration. The SWORD and He were working in unison, as one unit, smooth and balanced. CARVING only Air molecules the result. NOTHING he did would work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Moreover, his opponent carried NO SWORD and by all accounts had never done so. GONNOSUKE carried a STICK…a big STICK, longer even than MUSASHI’s SWORD.  Little MUSASHI did was of consequence…the STICK was leading the WAY. Winning with WOOD…over STEEL.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Grown somewhat used to the WAY OF THE SWORD and the cutting power required for combat, MUSASHI quickly realised this Opponent and WEAPON were different. Twas not only Death being faced in these moments for his combatant here was worthy  indeed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A WARRIOR from KISO province; one whose immersion in BUDO was fuller than his at this stage. MUSASHI felt it before the fight and now… as an intense Force, another he had to contend with. NOTHING he did would work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Abandoning Fate to his beloved BUDO,.. MUSASHI relentlessly moved, attacked and struck, bringing concentration, focus and understanding into his analysis of this DUEL. The STICK had extra length and reach, was moved and manipulated fastersafer too. Both ends could be used to defend, attack and strike… consecutively… repeatedly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Polished smooth WOOD, angled defences and small movements negated his SWORD’s steel sharp edge. Counterattacks came with strong percussive force, from any angle and position… with GONNOSUKE safely staying behind a defensive wall of WOOD.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MUSASHI’s SWORD-WORK was soon smashed and wrapped…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in WOOD.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nothing he did would WORK with this miracle WOOD workerthe WARRIOR of WOOD from KISO.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

Thus… the WAY OF THE WOODsmashed into his chest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GONNOSUKE’s strike and movement though had taken him past MUSASHI, who was saved only by fitness and reaction when WOOD struck, body recoiling in pain, raising his arm instinctively and reflexively, yet almost belatedly,.. SWORD swinging at the fleeting figure of the WARRIOR and WOOD …                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that had smashed it’s own WAY through.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The SWORD,.. though moving at speed, almost whistling and cutting the air, could not find or bring it’s own killing edge to bear so easily. Angled all wrong, positioned out of place,.. only the broad rear edge of the BLADE ridge, slapped rather solidly into GONNOSUKE’s back, spilling him somewhat untidily on the ground.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MUSASHI too,.. his chest stunned and blazing in pain,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lungs laboring to settle breathe,.. sword stance and balance smashed, legs struggling to upright maintain,.. decided sitting on the floor…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wood would indeed be a great idea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This DUEL… was done.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Won over with WOOD. WOOD,… over STEEL.

 

 MUSASHI…WON OVER…

 WITH WOOD.

 

After reading of these AWESOME + SMASHING

LEGENDs you may well do so–

Bring a STICK to a Sword-Fight,

that is…next time.

THE POWER OF WOOD… OVER STEEL.

 

 A STICKY SITUATION

 OF A STALEMATE.

GONNOSUKE… the LEGEND who brings a STICK to a SWORD-FIGHT.

 

This Japanese epic…is quite epic…of course;

also it involves one of Japans greatest combo of martial heroes where the winner is…

not important…cos there wasn’t one really.

 

Both men had learnt very valuable lessons in BUDO, regarding both the WEAPON WAY they strove to perfect, each other and themselves. Still living, they were able to translate their experiences into their ART.

Warriors who went on to become MASTERS.

LEGENDS. Both.

 

 MUSASHI…

 THE WOOD WORKER.

 

From hereon in, Musashi begins to see the immense value of alternative weaponry. As a SAMURAI steeped in the WAY OF THE SWORD, it’s failings and disadvantages were oft. overlooked. Musashi realised during this training the folly of such a stance.

A true Warrior forsakes no weapon. (click)

One’s Sword is no guarantee of survival. There are many forms.

Musashi too began WOOD-CARVING and other contemporary ART forms, as a pastime and alternative study subject, realising LIFE was more than just Combat. According to the LEGENDS many of these were fine pieces of the ART examples…eventually. (click)

TIPS FROM MUSASHI…

 

 

 BRING A STICK

 TO A SWORD-FIGHT.?.

 THE SMASHING LEGEND.

 

GONNOSUKE (click) and his LEGENDS

point THE WAY OF THE WOOD, GONNOSUKE Style as being referred to as SHINTO MUSO RYU in the chronicles.

A Koryu school of  JOJUTSU that continues a current Legacy. (click)

GONNOSUKE continued to appreciate the WOODEN WAY developing further Self-defence techniques and methods using a variety of STICK lengths and types.

he stuck to his guns per se…

stick at it…so should you.

 THE WINNER IS… WOOD

 THE WOODEN WAY.

 

This training DUEL and the LEGENDS it inspires is now an essential part of the ongoing Japanese Tradition and History.

Many olden BUDO and MARTIAL WEAPONRY ARTS will, as a matter of course, expose the Student to the exploits of such as MUSASHI and GONNOSUKE + co… (click) incorporating concepts and ideas into the associated techniques and methods of Self-defence. Experience utilised.

 

The result was accepted eagerly, for more oft. than not,..

in a training DUEL such as this-

one or both ended their WAY… and ended their day per se too…

in a wooden box.

A PLACE…TO REST.

A martial situation/event turned LEGENDARY more as a training tool, that can work it’s way on many levels… celebration of a stalemate per se i guess where the woodenly knowledge for ALL ensures

everyone’s a winner = where they ALL learnt the value of WOOD— (click)

well…they both survived for another day and duel anyway,..

such is the WAY OF THE WOOD.

I SURVIVED???

IDREAMOFNINJA EVASION AND SURVIVAL TIPS.

so…(click) here for THE AWESOME LEGEND or…

stay for a lil’ more-

 

written in… or on WOOD,..or not.

Bring a stick to a sword-fight. LEGEND.

NINJA TRAINING AND STUDY…SOKE STYLE…

 

DR.MASAAKI HATSUMI, current SOKE OF THE BUJINKAN

(pic above) has authored several WEAPONS themed books

(several page pics in slide-show next…)

which may be of relevant interest here incl:

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til next…

 

FOR A LOOK AT  THE MARTIAL ARTS LEGENDS SLIDE-SHOW…(click)…

or (click)…here…FOR A CLEAR LOOK AT A CRYSTAL OF A LEGEND

or scroll up + learn again how 2 LEGENDS

 BRING A STICK

 TO A SWORD-FIGHT.

TWIN SWORD…SHINOBI STYLE.

SILVER MOON & SHIRO.

…SHIRO & SILVER MOON.

 

2 thoughts on “BRING A STICK TO A SWORD–FIGHT.?. THE SMASHING LEGEND.

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