Musashi Miyamoto is perhaps the most widely reknown samurai warrior
from Japan. Known as the "Sword Saint," his skills at
sword fighting were unmatched during his time and are legendary
even today. It is said that he fought over 60 duels and was undefeated.
He was also involved in one of the most famous battles in Japanese
history at Sekigahara, where over 70,000 people died. Musashi fought
on the losing side and survived.
From an early age, Musashi was inclined towards sword fighting
and won his first duel when he was only 13. When he got older, Musashi
set off on a pilgrimage to refine his martial art and sword capabilities.
Along the way, he faced death on many occasions and won all his
duels. His most famous duel was against a samurai named Sasaki Kojiro,
who was a very skilled with an extra long sword. Legend has it that
Musashi fashioned a wooden sword out of an oar from a boat to defeat
Kojiro, striking him directly in the head with the wooden weapon.
Having mastered the Japanese samurai sword, Musashi was able to
extend his insight into strategy beyond martial arts. He became
a master of writing, painting and a range of activities. One of
his most noted accomplishments is his book, The Book of Five
Rings, which is a record of his teachings on the Way of Strategy.