The person who practices an art is an artist, not a samurai, and one should have the intention of being called a samurai.
The saying 'the arts aid the body' is for samurai of other regions. For samurai of the Nabeshima clan the arts bring ruin to the body.
It is difficult for a fool's habits to change to selflessness.
It is a principle of the art of war that one should simply lay down his life and strike. If one's opponent also does the same, it is a even match. Defeating one's opponent is then a matter of faith and destiny.
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