Musashi: Sanjugokajo-30 – Kim Taylor, Feb 17, 2015

Added with permission from Kim Taylor Nanadan (CKF) Iaido, Rokudan (CKF) Jodo and Niten Ichi Ryu Shidoin, January 2023

Comparing heights


Comparing heights is the teaching that, if you are clinging to the body of your opponent, you should do this in such a manner as if you were wrestling for size, that is to say you should expand your body as strongly as possible, so that you appear larger than your opponent at all times.

The rhythm of this clinging to the opponent’s body is again identical with that of the previous article.

This should be carefully considered.


We have discussed the striving to overtop your opponent when we come close together, this is so that we cover all of his body and thus ensure that he shrinks back onto his heels.

Of course, it helps if you are larger than most of those you might meet in a fight. Musashi was, by all means, a large fellow. Haruna sensei practiced in a dojo next door to the Musashi museum in Okayama. He once mimed putting on Musashi’s mempo (face mask) by cupping his face in his hands and then shaking his head back and forth to explain just how large Musashi was.

Kim Taylor

Feb 17, 2015

10th to 12th March 2023 Port Credit Gasshuku – Day 2 – Jodo Canada

The “We Survived Day 2” photo from the 5th Annual March Port Credit Iaido, Jodo and Niten Ichi Ryu Seminar, led by Ohmi Goyo sensei (7dan, kyoshi), Carole Galligan sensei (7dan, renshi), Kim Taylor sensei (7dan, renshi) and Eric Tribe sensei (6dan, renshi).

For more information on this weekend’s seminar, head to…/march-port-credit-seminar .

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