from Book Two – Water
Musashi — Walking and running differ only in the amount of energy needed to perform the action of each. In business or play, correct body movement depends entirely upon the manner in which you carry yourself. Carry yourself by leading with the center of your torso permitting it to guide your arm and leg, hands, and feet. Walk resolutely by letting the heel touch the ground first, then rolling forward to the ball of your foot. Practice walking in this manner until you appear to move without motion. Jumping, gliding, shuffling, and hopping interfere with a normal gait and the smooth flow of motion. Actions that indicate a jumpy spirit will permit the opposition to see through your demeanor. Excessive swinging of your arms may indicate a less than relaxed composure. Worse, it indicates an anxious spirit and a lack of control. Business is an aspect of your everyday life, even when playing. On the ball court, do not permit differences in attitude to develop. Special types of movements are for special purposes and should not be utilized to establish your overall demeanor. Walking is walking, whether in a park excursion or in combat.
Sun Tzu — Masters speak of walking in the manner of Yin and Yang. They do not mean that each aspect of walking is either yin or yang. You do not tell yourself to move the left foot and then the right foot. You walk without thinking in the same manner that you breathe without thinking. It is all the same thing. Walk with yin and yang. When you approach with either foot, it should be as if your entire body is moving forward. There should not be separate actions of feet first, then the body, all followed by swinging arms. Moving improperly will cause you to lose balance and poise even when you are sitting. Practice all approaches and techniques from both sides of the body. practice approaching from a sitting position. This takes thought, but it will prevent you from becoming dependent upon only one direction. It is foolish to do everything the same way. It limits your abilities. Consider that there is no such thing as yin and yang, and when you realize that, you can then decide if you want them to exist.
Excerpt from The Sword in the Boardroom.
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