TO MASTER MORE THAN THE WAYS OF WAR
For millennia, the true focus of the art has been the expansion of the intellect, and the ninja believe that creativity is an essential path to this end.
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With this in mind, Gyokku ninja create paintings and write stories and poetry, as well as writing and enacting plays, and composing music. Clan members pursue different interests – calligraphy, sculpture, metal working and many other arts; as well as many sciences. The arts of the ninja are indeed almost universal.
It has been observed that mastery of even a non-violent art such as sumi-e, or painting, can improve a warrior's mastery of the sword. Conversely, a consummate swordsman will find, if he should apply himself to it, that mastery in painting comes to him more easily than to other men. All arts are one; skills overlap and mastery of one art makes mastery of all others that much easier. And this is exponential.
The more arts that you know, the easier the mastery of the next ones becomes. Indeed, it is quite true... 'A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action.'
It is said that is it easy to teach a person to be strong. It is harder to teach him or her to be gentle or kind, or creative or intelligent... to be a creature of Intellect as well as Will!
If you have read the preceding pages, you will have gained much insight into the methods of the Gyokku ninja ichizoku today.
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