The Book of Five Rings and Jiu-Jitsu

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

I’ve started reading "The Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi.  Its subtitle is "A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword" but just like "The Art of War", which has become so popular in business circles, it teaches concepts that can be used for more then just the Sword.  I think it is even more applicable in the case of BJJ.  I was reading "Hearing the Sound of Wind and Water" (pg. 115) and it reminded me a lot of the post "The Mental Game Ch 2" done by Mark some months ago.  Musashi says "when outwardly intensely aggressive, if you are calm within while aggressive without, so that your inner mind is not captured by the outside, then you will not be outwardly wild."  Have you ever seen a white belt freak out because he is in a very bad spot?  I think what Musashi is saying, is his inner mind is in aggressive mode and so is his body.  He acts "outwardly wild" and thrashes about wasting energy with brute force.  If you can keep a collected inner calm you can direct the force into effective technique.  So how do you do that with some one sitting on your stomach or while you are being smothered?  With what Musashi has told me I know what to do and now I have to experiment until I can do it.

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4 Replies to “The Book of Five Rings and Jiu-Jitsu”

  1. I’ve read the Art of War, and some of what Sun Tzu says applies to jiu jitsu as well. I don’t have the book right with me, but he eludes to the idea that you don’t attack the enemy’s strength. You attack him at his weakness. In other words, if your opponent is strong you don’t try to outmuscle him. If he’s fast, you don’t try to move faster. You exploit his weakness, and then pounce.

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