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.
The person who practices an art is an artist, not a samurai, and one should have the intention of being called a samurai.
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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