As anyone in Kyokushin knows, Sosai Mas Ōyama was heavily influenced by the great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, including going into isolation to hone his martial arts, taking a warrior quest, etc., as did Musashi before him. Sosai was noted as saying that Musashi had changed his life completly. An amazing story in own’s right. I find it absolutely incredible what Sosai did and beyond inspiring.
I read the book Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa as a teen, and was in awe of the tale. I am now re-reading it much later in life with a different perspective and still in awe.
Besides being famous for his martial skills with two blades (developing the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship), he was also famous for his very influential writings. The Go Rin No Sho (Book of Five Rings) and the Dokkōdō being the two most famous. He also wrote the Hyoho…
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