We Believe that a measure of greatness is the number of 'masters' that one has left behind, and not just what the individual has achieved by themselves.
Takezō was born Miyamoto Musashi during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868) and was to become 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 was 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 today. Ultimately Musashi recognized later in his life, through training others and his writing, that his greatest mark on the world would be the “masters” he created rather than the number he destroyed.
“Determine that today you will overcome yourself of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill.”
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