According to Victor Harris, who translated A Book of Five Rings, “bunbu itchi” means “pen and sword in accord.” Having loved both writing and martial arts since I was a child (some would argue I still am), this poetic statement has always resonated with me. Because this blog—my virtual pen—is dedicated to exploring martial techniques and philosophy, I think Bunbu Itchi is an apt title.
I’ve trained various martial arts for most of my life, but I make no claims to mastery (or even proficiency at times). I possess no esoteric knowledge, at least none that I am aware of. I am but a fellow traveler on the Way. Maybe I’ve taken a few more falls than you have; maybe you’ve learned more forms or kata than I have; whatever our experience, we can learn from each other. For instance, you might learn you don’t like me. Ah! I’m just kidding, of course. But it is with a spirit of mutual acceptance that I will approach this blog.
Each post will deal with some facet of martial arts—anything from techniques to lofty philosophical concepts to dojo etiquette (the latter being my forte, like nighttime is the sun’s forte). The posts are meant to ask questions, offer opinions, and spark debates. I am passionate about jujutsu and other arts, and I hope to engage likeminded folk. Ah, you don’t have to be likeminded; what’s the fun in that? But please be polite—this is an extension of the dojo. And while I pawned most of my feelings, some people still have warm hearts beating inside them and should be treated accordingly.
Please remember these posts are my opinions only, and as such should not be taken too seriously. Mizu Shin Tao is more family to me than martial arts school, so please remember even the most honorable and beloved family has at least one cross-eyed cousin who gets his hand stuck in the pickle jar every Thanksgiving. So please check back for future posts, keep a grin handy, have some good discussions, and pass me the pickles.
“Do nothing which is of no use.” -Miyamoto Musashi