gorinnosyo water 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.

gorinnosyo water roll

Heart of style of classical Japanese swordsmanship involving use of two swords is based on water. In advantage of military art it is important to think in perspective to know which I wrote down about one on one battle is as same as advantage ten thousand on ten thousand battle. You should know that what is contained in this book is what I wrote down for yourself and always put yourself in my place and think better to practice and find out advantage from the bottom of your heart not only look at and mimic.

about the rhythm that leave two times

The rhythm that leave two times is that in case opponent strike and step back more quickly than you set up strike opponent, you pretend to strike opponent and opponent get tense to
respond that and then he dodge your attack and he become relax momently at the same time you strike him and next then you step back and opponent become relax at the same time you strike him.

about the strike with free of all thoughts and desires.

In case opponent set up strike you at the same time you set up strike opponent, you should make your body ready to strike and keep your mind ready to strike. You should make your hand as it is and strike opponent while you entrust unconsciousness. You strike opponent in the flow of his fulfilling ki with empty your mind and you leave mind and sword.

about the strike of flowing water

The strike of flowing water is in case you are competing with opponent, while opponent is trying to step back and dodge your attack and tense and remove your sword quickly, you should keep your body and mind big. You should strike opponent largely and strongly as if river stagnate slowly while your long sword is following your body.

about chance to hit

In case you set up strike opponent, at the same time opponent try to knock and stop that or remove that, you should strike opponent’s head and hand and leg at once.

about hit of flint fire

The hit of flint fire is that you should keep your long sword company with opponent’s long sword and do not raise your long sword at all and strike opponent strongly whatever may happen. In this case you should hit opponent strongly and quickly three part of leg and body and hand. You become be able to do that to train very much.

about the strike of maple

The strike of maple is mind which you shoot down opponent’s long sword and then you get a firmer hold of your long sword. In case opponent hold long sword in front of you and try to strike you and sweep and receive your strike, you should have mind to strike opponent’s long sword strongly with free of all thoughts and desires or with hit of flint fire and then do not apart from opponent’s long sword with persistence. while you continue lowering his sword tip, his long sword would drop certainly.