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Miyamoto Musashi I Introduction During the ancient period of Japan there existed a time of war and power struggles There were many people who followed the Bushido code or way of the warrior These people were called samurai Of the countless men who devoted their lives to the Bushido code there were none greater than Miyamoto Musashi Musashi was one of if not the most famous samurai to ever walk the lands of medieval Japan He was a legend in his own time II The Life and History of Musashi Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584 in the village of Miyamoto in the province of Mimasake Musashis full name was Ben no suke Shimmen Genshin no Fujiwara no Kami Miyamoto Musashi Masana no Kensei When Musashi was a child his mother died when he was six years old and his father abandoned the family a year after her death Musashi was raised by a number of family members and started to train in the ways of Kendo fencing under his uncles guidance Musashi proved to have tremendous talent with a blade He was also very big and strong for a boy of his age But with this strength and size came aggression Musashi was not known a calm and mannerly youth Rather he was considered a troublemaker and a uncontrollable child by the town elders Musashi used his strength and demeanor in his first real duel with a known samurai when he was thirteen years of age He fought against Arima Kigei from the Shinto Ryu school of Military Arts Unarmed Musashi threw the samurai to the ground and beat him savagely with a stick until Arima died vomiting his own blood Musashis next duel came when he was age sixteen He fought Tadashima Akiyama Tadashima was challenging anyone who would accept his challenge to a duel Musashi accepted and killed Tadashima with just one swing of his sword During
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