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The great swordsman Tsukahara Bokuden (1489-1571) was making an intinerancy for Kanto Province from Kansai Province. At Yabase-no-watashi (ferry) in Omi-sakamoto he took a boat to cross lake Biwa. There were six or seven passengers on the boat. Among them, a tall man with a heavy beard, whose age was about thirty was sitting in the middle of the floor. He boasted of his skill at 'Kendo' (Japanese fencing), and spoke without reserve that he was the strongest swordsman in the country.

Aiming at Winning without Fighting
by Sensei Sadao & Rumiko Makino

Bokuden neglected him at first attempting to take a nap. The loud voice of the man, however, prevented him from enjoying a nap. At last he felt inclined to make fun of him. He addressed himself to the man deliberately.
"I have listened to your valuable opinion. Concerning the way to fight, there are some points that I don't agree with you. I have practise 'Kendo' as well ever since I was young. I've got an idea through the practice. The best way to fight is not to desire to win, but to think out not to be beaten."


 

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