Miyamoto Musashi was one of Japan’s greatest samurais (Yoshikawa 1981). Known for his exceptional talent as a warrior, Musashi developed a unique way of fighting with two swords: a long sword, or katana, and a short sword, or wakizashi. The two-sword technique used by Musashi was termed Niten Ichi Ryu (two heavens as one) or Nito Ryu (the school of the two swords). Musashi combined his keen interest in combat with an interest in philosophy and Zen Buddhism, going on to write several books on strategy that have had an enduring appeal for both the Eastern and Western worlds.
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