Takezō was born Miyamoto Musashi during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868) and was to become the greatest swordsman of the period. Musashi was what today we may call a problem child. He was a self-trained sword fighter who won his first duel at the age of 13 by killing a renown Samurai. Musashi spent much of his life travelling (wandering) throughout Japan, challenging Samurai warriors to duels in an effort to prove himself. Overall, he won sixty duels in his life, some against multiple enemies. Musashi is credited as the founder of the Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of ‘The Book of Five Rings’, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still widely read and referred to this day. Ultimately Musashi, later in his life, recognized by training others and through his writing, that his greatest mark on the world would be the “masters” he created rather than the number vanquished adversaries.
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