Miyamoto Musashi the legendary master swordsman was one of the first to see the opponent in terms of strategy and to define the supporting elements of an attack based on strategy. An interesting passage in Musashi’s book “The Five Rings” states that ‘harmonizing’ or being in rhythm with the opponent is more important than a faster speed. This simple idea of speed not being the true way is fundamental to improving in kendo, a subtle, and yet powerful truth. Of course too fast or too slow is not good. How else can one reconcile the fact that as one gets older and higher in rank that one relies on the mind rather than the physical speed that manifests itself in youth. Speed is important, but must be completely tempered by the opponents movements or rhythm sensed in your mind similar to a notes of a song.