Master's Wisdom - 2


(Wisdom and Practical Advice of Great Martial Artists)

by Sensei Vitold Jordan

Calligraphy: "Masakatsu_agatsu" -True Victory, Self-victory!


Fūrinkazan (風林火山),

literally "Wind, Forest, Fire and Mountain", 

was the battle standard used by the Sengoku period Daimyo Takeda Shingen,

quoting chapter 7 of Sun Tzu's The Art of War:

"Move as swift as a wind, stay as silent as forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain."


TENSEKI-RYU (School of Swordsmanship)

“The Three Rules for Practice”


I. The Three Prohibitions:

1. To give up

2. To misbehave

3. To be clumsy


II. The Three Joys

1. Vicissitude

                                                                                                2. Honesty

3. Skilfulness


III. Three Evils

1. Fear

  2. Doubt

        3. Confusion



"The Ten Evils for a Practitioner of Martial Arts"


1. Insolence

2. Overconfidence

3. Greed

4. Anger

5. Fear

 6. Doubt

 7. Distrust

 8. Hesitation

 9. Self-contempt

10. Conceit



"The Ten Virtues for a Ninja"

1 Loyalty

2. Bravery

3. Strategic

4. Diligence

5. Trustworthiness

 6. Good Health

7. Responsibility

8. Ingenuity

9. Knowledge of the Teachings

10. Gifted Speech



TEMPU NAKAMURA (1876-1968)
Martial Artist, Philosopher, Author


"If the spirit is strong, one can accomplish anything.

You only live once. Keep yourself in the present. The past is gone, and the future is unknown.

Do not think of work - any work - as duty. If it is a duty, it will become a burden. How do you turn a burden into a pleasure? Live respectfully, correctly, positively, and boldly.

When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, "I'm confused", "I'm weak", "I'm sad", "I need help". At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation.

Think of pleasant things.

Reflect constantly on your state of mind. Approach others in a positive, bright manner. Always be grateful, honest, kind, and pleasant. Speak truly and honestly.

Your attitude towards life determines its outcome.

The best attitude is based on respect, boldness, truthfulness, and purity.

"Foster the life force (Ki) by being healthy, courageous, decisive, resolute, and vigorous".


JIGORO KANO (1860-1938)
The Founder of Judo
"Six Principles"