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Kakita Merao was the first sensei of Mizu-do. [1]

Life Edit

Merao was a bushi who lose his hand grip due to an injury during a border skirmish. He became an actor, using his experience in combat to portray lead roles in plays that glori�ed famous battles and duels. He intensively studied the Tao of Shinsei, and he was twenty-six, Merao undertook a spiritual journey to a sacred waterfall and had a self-described “spiritual awakening” that made him realize every creature's right to life. He returned as a changed man who spent the remainder of his life re�ning the techniques of self-defense. Merao called his art “Mizu-do,” the Way of Water. He first made his techniques public at the age of forty-five. Merao eventually retired as a monk in the year 456. [2]

Notable Quotes Edit

  • “The softest thing in the world overcomes the hardest; a thing without substance enters where there is no room. The stiff and unbending is the disciple of death - the gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.”. [1]
  • “The strength of our enemy belongs to the universe, and therefore to us.” [3]
  • “When I must strike someone, I strike them with the largest weapon I can find: the ground.” [4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Way of the Crane, p. 112
  2. Book of Water, pp. 34-35
  3. Book of Water, p. 34
  4. Book of Water, p. 36



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