- Jul 31, 2003
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From the section I presented:
There are many people who, by being attached to a martial art and taking apprentices, believe that they have arrived at the full stature of a warrior. But it is a regrettable thing to put forth much effort and in the end become an “artist.”
From the OP:
In all cases, the person who practices an art is an artist, not a samurai, and one should have the intention of being called a samurai.
In ALL cases....
Upon what are you basing that assertation on? Other than your assertation?
I am not sure and think it may go further than that. But again, this is problematic with respect to ascertaining exactly the intention in his words (and from my perspective, and maybe yours, with respect only to a translation). Certinaly he would not see you as having the intention of a samurai. But in addition, and with respect to what ever skill level you may have, when you and your students practice the techniques of your art or koryu, you are doing so as nothing more than artists - such as like a ballet artist or other performer. You are not actually putting these weapons and techniques into true effect (thankfully, I would add!). And potentially you, or at least some of your students, are in your practice sessions not carrying this out even with the mind set of cutting down your opponent. In any event, it is all simply a performance.Hey Zero,
Yeah, again, that's really nothing to do with what Tsunetomo was saying.
Basically what he was saying is that I, in his estimation, wouldn't be classed as having the intention of being a samurai, as I also have studied acting, play guitar and drums, write music (and occasionally other forms of expression), and study a range of areas that are not related to being better as serving a lord (or, in a modern context, being completely dedicated to my job and my boss). And, again, that view was his alone… other areas would emphasise a wider cultural viewpoint and exposure, as well as a wider cultural development and skill set.