Kenjutsu is the overarching term for all schools of Japanese swordsmanship. Swords. Very important in the martial arts in Japan. And to the samurai class. The study of kenjutsu has been a sub-culture in Japan since feudal times. For practice, they used the bokuto (solid wood stick) or shina (bamboo pole). For battle, they used the real McCoy. And only the most disciplined of swordsmen could repeat and internalize the magic words of the Shuji Shuriken — “the cutting of the nine ideographs.” Only the most devout of Japanese swordsmen could give life to these nine words.
U – Being
Mu – Non-being
Suigetsu – Moonlight on the water
Jo – Inner security
Shin – Master of the mind
Sen – Thought precedes action
Kara – Empty: the Void. Virtue
Shinmyoken – Where the tip of the sword settles.
Zero – Where the way has no power. . . .
It was not enough to merely think or speak the words. The words and their meaning must be summoned from deep within. The thought was – if you get through the first one while meditating and contemplating, you’re doing pretty well . . . . .