How to Be Samurai<br />By Christopher Smith<br />
Bushido<br />Bushidō武士道, meaning "Way of the Warrior", is a name in common usage since the late 19th century which is used to describe a uniquely Japanese code of conduct adhered to by samurai since time immemorial. This code is said to have emphasized virtues such as loyalty, honor, obedience, duty, filial piety, and self-sacrifice.<br />
Weapons<br />What most people broadly refer to as a samurai sword is actually called a katana (meaning ‘long sword’). The katana, as the name suggests, is the longest sword a samurai would carry – and the most important<br />Samurai always carried a second, shorter sword named a wakizashi. Carrying both of these swords gave the samurai a greater advantage over a swordsman armed with only one sword, as a wakizashi could be used to greater effect in close quarters, often used to deliver the killer blow to the enemy.<br />
Weapons 2<br />Another bladed samurai weapon was the tanto, which is more or less a dagger, and used for very close quarters, and often concealed and used in surprise attacks.<br />Samurai certainly were inventive, and every implement with lethal capabilities was exploited. Such an example of this is in the kama – which is nothing more than a farming tool similar to the western world’s sickle. Left and right handed Kama were made, and when used in battle they were usually used in tandem. (Kama training for martial arts purposes still exists today.)<br />
Armor<br />Not an offensive weapon, but a defensive weapon, the armor of a samurai was especially designed to be as light and as free-moving as possible, which put the samurai at a great advantage over opponents wearing rigid suits of armor as their ability to move quickly and freely wasn’t impinged.<br />One can only imagine how fearsome a samurai in full armor must have looked to the unfortunate enemy.<br />
Seppuku<br />In the world of the warrior, seppuku was a deed of bravery that was admirable in a samurai who knew he was defeated, disgraced, or mortally wounded. It meant that he could end his days with his transgressions wiped away and with his reputation not merely intact but actually enhanced. <br />
Seppuku 2<br />The cutting of the abdomen released the samurai’s spirit in the most dramatic fashion, but it was an extremely painful and unpleasant way to die, and sometimes the samurai who was performing the act asked a loyal comrade to cut off his head at the moment of agony.<br />
Final<br />Embody and use what you have seen here and who know you MIGHT just be a samurai.<br />
Sources<br />www.Wikipedia.com<br />http://www.samuraiweapons.com/<br />And historian Stephen Turnbull <br />
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