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Jirinden (16) Only in our school do we not use the term tōjutsu (刀術), calling (our art) kenjutsu (剣術)

Tōryū hitori tōjutsu to iwazushite moppara kenjutsu to iu(Heishū Jirinden, Vol. II, Kenjutsu Mokuroku Jo)
・Only in our school to we refuse to use tōjutsu (刀術), and solely use the term kenjutsu (剣術]

 The character “ken” (剣- sword) contains the meaning of the character “ken” (検- to investigate). In “ken” (検) there is the meaning of to supervise or correct. Our refusal to say tōjutsu (刀術) and use kenjutsu (剣術) is so that we do not forget the true meaning of “bu” (武martial). “Bu” is to naturally stop the use of violence, but if we do not firmly keep this correct meaning in our hearts at all times, we are apt to cut and kill others. Therefore we use the term kenjutsu, keeping our hearts and the hearts of others firmly in mind in our daily lives.
 The katana (刀) has a single edge, but a ken (剣) is something with two edges. If one edge faces another, the other faces ourselves. This carries the meaning that one who goes to cut also bears half of the guilt.
(Presented by Yuji Wada, Costantino Brandozzi, Rennis Buchner)

Jirinden (17) If there are things, then inevitably there are rules

Mono areba kanarazu soku arunari, ri areba kanarazu waza arunari」 (Heishū Jirinden, Vol. II, Kenjutsu Mokuroku Jo)
・When a thing exists, there invariably are rules. When there is theory, there invariably is technique.

 It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future and respond to it. Therefore it is important to be careful in how one responds when a thing is beginning to occur. When something is occurring, there is some reason for it and that reason is grounded in some fixed rule.
For example, one can say to build a temple is one thing that can be accomplished, however to build it level, one must use the necessary tools to level the ground. Before the order to build a temple comes, one normally must be familiar with the theory and laws involved and be familiar with the work. One should prepare so that when the carpentry work begins, there is no cause for embarrassment.
(Presented by Yuji Wada, Costantino Brandozzi, Rennis Buchner)

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