1489-1571 · Kashima Shinto Ryu“Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai.
A samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant.”
|Kamiizumi Nobutsuna (Hidetsuna)|
1508-1577 · Shinkage Ryu“We learn the arts of war to use only once in our lives, when we are driven into a corner. Even though one is regarded as being skilled at martial arts, if he entertains the slighest evil thought in his mind, how can he achieve immortality of the spirit?”
1527-1606 · Yagyu Shinkage Ryu“If you are unarmed and your opponent has a sword, then you are armed with your opponent’s sword.” You must defeat him with his own weapon. This is called “taking away the sword.”
|Ito Ittosai Kagehisa|
1560-1653 · Itto Ryu“To try to win is empty
and to try to avoid defeat is essential.”
1571-1646 · Yagyu Shinkage Ryu“Conquering evil, not the opponent, is the essence of swordsmanship.”
1573-1645 · Zen Teacher to Munenori Yagyu“Conquer the self and you will conquer the opponent.”
1579-1650 · Yagyu Shinkage Ryu (Owari)”An effective stance is to be attached neither to the opponent’s sword nor to one’s own sword. Renyasai Yagyu
1625-1695 · Yagyu Shinkage Ryu (Owari)”The mind unmoved by external distraction produces physical mobility.”
1584-1645 · Niten Ichi Ryu“To be swayed neither by the opponent nor by his sword is the essence of swordsmanship.”
|Mitsuyoshi Jubei Yagyu|
1607-1650 · Yagyu Shinkage Ryu“The undisturbed mind is like the calm body of water reflecting the brilliance of the moon.
Empty the mind and you will realize the undisturbed mind.”
1836-1888 · Muto Ryu“Swordsmen train diligently to reach the ultimate state of “no-enemy.” All depends on mind. If the mind stops, the opponent appears; if the mind remains fluid, no enemy exists. Practice day and night and you will attain the state of no-enemy.”
1883-1969 · founder of Aikido“Forge the spirit according to the divine will; Seek the light and heat of the Universal Sword and move on toward enlightenment.Warriors! Rally around & brandish the Universal Sword.
Shine brightly and reveal it to the world.”
1948-Present · founder of Shinkendoo”One of the main qualities I look for in students is their spirit of jinsei shinkendo (life is shinkendo/shinkendo is life). In other words, apply the values and teachings found in shinkendo training to other areas of your life.
Those students who strive to improve themselves through self reflection and are diligent in their pursuit of goals – they are the ones who I would like to spread the art.”