The Cult Of Make Believe

The inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, held on November 12, 1993, at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, marked the beginning of a new era in combat sports. The tournament-style event aimed to determine the most effective martial art by pitting practitioners of different disciplines against each other in no-holds-barred fights. One...

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Musha shugyō

Hero’s Journey. Musha shugyō 武者修行 or “training in warriorship” was inspired by Zen monks, who would engage in similar ascetic wanderings (which they called angya, “travelling on foot”) before attaining Satori, enlightenment. During musha shugyō the samurai would take on various roles within society. This included helping peasants, providing justice and upholding high moral...

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