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A friend passed on the following passage to me written by Professor Okazaki, founder of the Okazaki style of jujitsu also known as Kodenkan Jujitsu. The passage reinforces many of the goals and practice of kendo. Use Your Mind When anyone speaks of himself, he nearly always means my physical self, or existence. He knows that his body has weight and shape. Through his five senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch, he is always conscious of his physical self. By contrast his mind has neither color nor form. We wash our faces each morning but how many of us wash our minds as well? Precious few! There are many people who train their bodies but few who train their minds. Apparently few realize that the mind like the body becomes soiled if it is not washed, weak if it is not trained. Another important fact to remember is that actually the mind rules the body. It is the mind that leads and the body that follows.