4159Re: [SCA-JML] Re: sword question for SCA events
- Apr 10, 2001--- miles_robinson@... wrote:
> My understanding was that the one in question wasThere is also a story about Tsukuhara Bokuden, who
> Musashi after he
> turned about 29 or 30. The story that I had read as
> a forward to his
> Book of Five Rings was that he no longer needed the
> swords and so did
> not use them.
predated Musashi by about 50 years or so. When on a
boat ride, some gruff character was bragging about how
good he was and asked what Bokuden's school was.
Bokuden replied "Mutekatsu-ryu", or "the winning
without hands (swords)" school. Having obviously never
heard of this school, the braggart challenged Bokuden,
and Bokuden suggested they row to a little island to
settle the matter. When they got there, the braggart
hopped out, but turned around to see Bokuden push the
boat from shore, stranding him on the island. Bokuden
beat his opponent without "hands"....
This was the inspiration for the incident in Bruce
Lee's "Enter the Dragon"...great scene.
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