gorinnosyo earth roll (1)

books concerned with kendo

author: musasi miyamoto

target people who are recommended to read

  • sword man who desire to develop kendo skill
  • people who desire to be tough guy


This book consists of five rolls “earth roll” “water roll” “fire roll” “wind roll” “sky roll”.
Main paper are summarized to “earth roll” “water roll” “fire roll”. Earth roll explains style of classical Japanese swordsmanship involving use of two swords. Water roll explains self training to overcome enemy. Fire roll explains various tactics with battle. Wind roll mainly criticize other style. Sky roll is added to this book for appearance.

gorinnosyo earth roll

  • Way of military art
  • This military art book is made into five rolls.

Earth roll explains overview about way of military art and opinions about style of classical Japanese swordsmanship involving use of two swords and true road can not be acquired only by swordsmanship. Earth roll is named as such that imitate people learn small part from big part and reach deep place from narrow place and spread straight road.

This characteristics is named as two sword style

Two sword style is called that because samurai who is either general or solder wear two sword directly. It is called long sword in those days, short sword in these days. Style of classical Japanese swordsmanship involving use of two swords teach us advantage to wear two sword. If people carry stuff by both hand, both hand become not to be able to work freely. If people do not deal with long sword by one hand, that trouble would occur.
Sword, and short sword are tools which can hold by one hand and in case people hold tool by left hand, he have to swing sword by another hand. Sword man should acquire to swing long sword by one hand. At first it is too heavy for sword man to swing long sword by one hand and hard to swing around.

But once sword man accustomed to swing sword by one hand, it become easy for him to swing by one hand. Way of long sword is not to swing fast. Standard of the way is to swing long sword in wide area and to swing short sword in narrow area. The way of style of classical Japanese swordsmanship involving use of two swords is that sword man become to win by long weapon and also become to win by short weapon so that he do not decide length of sword and he become to be able to win whatever weapon he have and however situation he encounter. The situation that sword man hold two sword is better than one sword is when he is fighting with many people by himself or he is fighting in close space.

Preparedness of military art

It is important for samurai to taste two way that is called being accomplished in both the literary and military arts. Samurai should master military art to recognize his position even if he is clumsy about the way. The way samurai do military art is to be superior to others and defeat them in any case. It is virtue of military art that samurai win one on one competition and also win the battle that is surrounded by a few people and they lead to make his reputation for lord and for himself and make a success in his life.

There are people who think it is meaningless in actual battle to learn military art. You had better know it is actual way of military art to train that until it is useful for him in any times
and to teach people until it is useful for people in any case about it. If only you practice the way of military art in all morning and evening, You would become to have open heart by himself. There are natural reasons which people aspire to learn style of classical Japanese swordsmanship involving use of two swords should keep.

  • You keep in your mind not to think evil things.
  • You should train the way.
  • You should taste a lot of arts.
  • You should understand the way of other position.
  • You should understand merit and demerit of things.
  • You should establish truth of many things.
  • You should perceive and know what is invisible.
  • You should pay attention to tiny things.
  • You should not do useless.

You should train the way of military art to keep this reasons in mind in general.
If you do not extinct ki in military art and make sure of truth, you would overcome by his hand and also win other people in visible things. Moreover if you train to move his body freely, you would win other people by body and if you accustomed to this way in your heart, you would win other people by heart. To recognize you do not lose other people and you help your life and you help your reputation in any way is that is the way of military art.