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The Story of Sasuke Sarutobi

Sasuke Sarutobi, one of the heroes of ninjutsu, was created in Tachikawa literature at the end of the meiji period. Up until that time, the general image of ninjutsu was related to black arts, witchcraft, magic, hobgoblins, thieves, and assassins. Sasuke was a mischievous boy. Books describe him as an innocent child with a strong sense of justice. In the stories, great importance was placed on humor, with actual combat considered secondary.

One day, Sasuke said to himself, “I’m already ten years old. It’s no longer practical for me to practice yatoo (a form of Kiai-spirit shout) with monkeys and deer. I’ll follow my father’s advice and seek a master swordsman to train me. I’m going to go to Okunoin in the Torie Pass to ask the gods to provide me with a good master.” When Sasuke arrived at Okunoin, he began playing among the clumps of trees rather than practicing yatto. Not satisfied with a stick, Sasuke grappled with a large tree, trying to twist is down. Then, he heard someone laughing at him.

Sasuke called, “Hey, who are you? I’m concentrating on fencing. Don’t you dare laugh at me. Come out here. I’ll not forgive you.” As he looked around, he saw an old man with swept-back long hair tied at the back of his head smiling at him. The man’s hair was as white as snow.

Sasuke asked, “Oh, you laughed at me, didn’t you, old man?”

The old man answered, “Yes I did.”

Sasuke asked him again fiercely, “Why did you laugh at me? Answer me. If there is no good reason, I’ll never forgive you even if you are an old man.”

The old man laughed and said, “Well, Sasuke, you were practicing with a tree, but this is like practicing with a dead enemy. You can’t improve your fencing that way. Do you want to learn fencing so badly?”

This was the age of civil wars, and only a few people could live to an old age. Therefore, Sasuke reasoned, an elderly fencing instructor was surely a master at martial arts.

Sasuke said, “Old man, are you a master of martial arts? I want to learn the secrets of martial arts.” “What are you going to do with them, after you learn them?” “I’ll be a strong swordsman and win fame and honor.”

“Wonderful. What an admirable goal for only a boy! All right. I’m going to five you a lesson in consideration of your zeal and determination.” Sasuke prostrated himself before the old man and thanked him. Then, Sasuke delivered a sword stroke to the old man. However, he had disappeared. Sasuke looked around nervously. Then, he was suddenly tripped by an attack from behind and fell flat on his face. The old man appeared suddenly in front of Sasuke with a smile. The old man taught Sasuke for the next three years.

He tried to teach him the godan or fifth-level secrets by saying, “Don’t you have your eyes in your back? How handicapped you are! “You’ll be a failure unless you know how to defend your weak point, even if you know the unguarded point of your opponent. The secret of defense in martial arts is to always be alert. “Unless one knows his own weak point, he can never be certain that the weak point of his opponent is not a decoy.”

In addition to ankokutoshijutsu techniques for seeing in the dark, Sasuke learned to listen for stealthy footsteps coming from more than thirty meters away. One day the old man handed a scroll to Sasuke and said to him, “Well, Sasuke, this is my parting gift, the rules of Ninjutsu. Carry it with you for life and behave prudently. When you are in combat with others or meet heroes and great men, you’ll never be beaten if you understand what is written in this scroll.” When the old man gave the scroll to Sasuke, he for the first time revealed his name as Hakuunsai Tozawa, and then disappeared.

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This story grabbed me for two reasons, one, I was born in Tachikawa and two, the name Sasuke, the name of the Japanese version of American Ninja Warrior.

TBS Date: September 17, 2008

Qualifying day in my area is March 28th, I plan on being there.

I was asked, “You have something to prove to yourself by doing this?” (At my age?) I thought about this and why I want to do this. It is because that is who I am. I am a ninja warrior at heart. I watched training videos on YouTube, and saw that I am not the only one who trains just to train. There are those who are amazing, flexible and have the ability to climb nearly anything. That is who they are, not that they are trying to prove they can do this. They do it everyday. It is a brotherhood of fit, warrior hearts with honor.

(I climb like a monkey, run like the wind and have the patience of a Bonsai tree. at 55 yrs old…

Sasuke, here I come!))

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The best warrior is the one who plans his combat. The Ninja warriors go to the field where the wheat has just been planted.

Obeying the trainer’s command, they jump over the places where the seeds were sown. Every day the Ninja warriors return to the field.

The seeds turn into buds, and the warriors jump over them. The buds turn into small plants, and the warriors jump over them. They do not become bored.

They do not feel it is a waste of time. The wheat grows, and the jumps become higher and higher. In this way, when the plant is ripe, the Ninja warriors still manage to jump over it.

Why? Because they know their obstacle so well.

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The Ninja warriors go to the field where some wheat has just been planted. Obeying the trainer’s command, they jump over the places where the seeds were sown.

Every day the Ninja warriors return to the field. The seeds turn into buds, and the warriors jump over them. The buds turn into small plants, and the warriors jump over them.

They do not become bored. They do not feel it is a waste of time.

The wheat grows, and the jumps become higher and higher. In this way, when the plant is ripe, the Ninja warriors still manage to jump over it.

Why? As a result of their jumping over what many may have seen as insignificant, has allowed them to be keenly aware of their obstacles

– See more at: http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-844-Ninja+Training.html#sthash.8lGRTr60.dpuf

Why? As a result of their jumping over what many may have seen as insignificant, has allowed them to be keenly aware of their obstacles – See more at: http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-844-Ninja+Training.html#sthash.8lGRTr60.dpuf
The Ninja warriors go to the field where some wheat has just been planted. Obeying the trainer’s command, they jump over the places where the seeds were sown.

Every day the Ninja warriors return to the field. The seeds turn into buds, and the warriors jump over them. The buds turn into small plants, and the warriors jump over them.

They do not become bored. They do not feel it is a waste of time.

The wheat grows, and the jumps become higher and higher. In this way, when the plant is ripe, the Ninja warriors still manage to jump over it.

Why? As a result of their jumping over what many may have seen as insignificant, has allowed them to be keenly aware of their obstacles. – See more at: http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-844-Ninja+Training.html#sthash.8lGRTr60.dpuf

The Ninja warriors go to the field where some wheat has just been planted. Obeying the trainer’s command, they jump over the places where the seeds were sown.

Every day the Ninja warriors return to the field. The seeds turn into buds, and the warriors jump over them. The buds turn into small plants, and the warriors jump over them.

They do not become bored. They do not feel it is a waste of time.

The wheat grows, and the jumps become higher and higher. In this way, when the plant is ripe, the Ninja warriors still manage to jump over it.

Why? As a result of their jumping over what many may have seen as insignificant, has allowed them to be keenly aware of their obstacles. – See more at: http://www.spiritual-short-stories.com/spiritual-short-story-844-Ninja+Training.html#sthash.8lGRTr60.dpuf

Immovable Mind

I watched a movie, ‘Ninja‘ Wednesday, where the Sensei was trying to teach two promonate successors the supreme lesson, (Fushosin) ‘The Immovable Mind,’ so that they could one day take over his role as ‘Soke’ or head of the martial arts school.

He described one student as being like that of a Tiger, strong and feirce. Then described the other student as being like that of the wind, he came in as a small breeze and has grown into a strong wind. That each needed to learn from the other’s traits to become the Soke.

Fudoshin (immovable mind and heart) is a Japanese term that describes a state of equanimity or imperturbability literally and metaphorically.  It is a philosophical or mental dimension attributed to a (usually Japanese) martial art which adds to the effectiveness of the more advanced practitioner.

 

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Fudoshin and its Continuing Relevance

By Stephen Fabian

 

Sparkling crystal clinked with seasonal good cheer as the revelers toasted each other. Garbed in gowns, suits, and other formal evening wear, the foreign ministers, diplomats, and general VIPs and their spouses basked in the light and warmth of fellowship and bounty at the gala event. Suddenly an explosion shook the assemblage, bursting the dreamlike party image and replacing it with a nightmare, like the twisted plot of a cinematic thriller. Gunfire erupted stark and loud and was met by shouts and screams, and the mass of nearly 400 people milled about confusedly. Doors burst open and shots cracked over their heads, sending the guests headlong to the floor. Armed and masked guerrillas swarmed through the official residence. 

“Everyone down,” came the snarled command, “and don’t raise your heads unless you wish them blown off!” Screams were nearing hysteria. “Silence!”   

The shots and shouts subsided, replaced by an electrified quiet punctuated with stifled sobs. Fatigue-clad men glared ominously over the inert horde, and then leveled their weapons at an unexpected sight: one VIP remained standing, visibly unshaken by the violent infiltration.

 A rebel moved closer, shoving the still-warm barrel of his gun towards his face. “Who are you?”   

The man faced gun-barrel and glare without flinching. “I am Morihisa Aoki, ambassador of Japan.” His voice was forceful and unwavering. “These are my guests, and they are unarmed. You will respect them and cause them no harm.”   

Awed, the guerrillas’ eyes widened, and for a brief moment fingers tensed on triggers. But bold themselves, the guerrillas could admire grudgingly the courage of their captive. The rebel leader nodded. “All right. No one will be harmed.” Guns were lowered, and an audible sigh spread among the hostages. 

Fudoshin. This is a Japanese expression based on the Buddhist guardian figure Fudo Myo O, who is unflinching in his defense against wickedness. Figuratively translated, fudoshin means “unmoving mind/heart”or “immovable mind,” and connotes the imperturbability as well as courage of the truly mastered self. It is the mind/heart from which have been purged all impurities and weaknesses in the resolute process of forging artistic and self-mastery. While historical examples of the demonstration of fudoshin in Japanese monks and warriors are not uncommon, the above scenario is not from Japan’s feudal and relatively isolated past, but from its contemporary and international present. 

The scene described is based on newspaper reports of the takeover in Peru of the Japanese ambassador’s residence by Tupac Amaru guerrillas during an evening Christmas party on December 17, 1996. Although I know nothing of the Japanese ambassador’s past or training, it is clear that he is a man who has learned to govern his thoughts, words, feelings and actions. He has discovered self-mastery, and has applied it strategically and intelligently to help bring an explosive and potentially deadly situation under level-headed control.         

(read more here!)

Then, no thoughts of past failures or future problems will exist in the mind, and a truly positive mental state will result—fudoshin, the “immovable mind.”

Immovable Mind

‘May your mind be immovable’

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