gorinnosyo fire roll (3)

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.

To make enemies fear

To fear is that people fear unexpected things what is occurred in any cases. In military art which people battle with many people, to fear enemies is not only to use visible things
but also to use sound of things or pretend small power to big power. It is important to make enemies fear from sideway unexpectedly. You should defeat enemies by advantage
which you get from rhythm that enemies fear.

To mix with enemies

To mix with enemies is a mind that when you and enemies compete with each other in close distance violently and you can not do anything, you mix with enemies and defeat enemies to get advantage while you are mixing with enemies.

To touch corner

To touch corner is that when you push things violently, it is hard to push them as it is.
In military art which people battle with many people, you should make sure of number of people and attack the corner where is overhanging and you can get advantage to do that. Weaker the corner become, weaker the totality become. You can defeat enemies to attack corner while they become weak.

To upset enemies

To upset enemies is that you make enemies not have certain mind. In military art which people battle with many people, It is important for you to understand the point where you can defeat enemies certainly to measure enemies’ mind and upset enemies’ mind by wisdom of military art for your self and get rhythm to make enemies upset.

three shouts

Three shouts is separated “first” and “middle” and “after” shouts. You have to call out for your self flexibly. You should call out to fire or wave wind to make momentum. Shout is used to show enemies your momentum.

In military art which people battle with many people, shout have three types in the below.

  • You should shout to overpower enemies in the beginning of battle.
  • You shoud shout with lower and from bottom of belly in the battle.
  • You should shout loudly and violently after you defeat enemies.

Also to call out after you attack enemies is a shout which show victory and that is called before and after shout.

To be lost in enemies

In military art which people battle with many people, to be lost in enemies is that when number of fellows and enemies are competing and enemies are strong, you set up attack
a part of group and if enemies are broken, you throw away them and set up attack other strong place. That is like winding in broad terms. In military art which you battle with many people by yourself, you have to have this mind.