Training The Young Warrior


Before I wrote the book The Warrior Way, I use to tell the children in my Sunday school class about the way of the Samurai Warrior. I told them that the children were very young when they were taken away for their training: as young as 4 years of age. I told them that one of the first things these young warriors learned how to do is to use the sword. The sword was a vitally important tool for these young soldiers, especially when it was time to go into the battle field. I would then finish saying that my 5th and 6th grade class were going to learn how to be warriors too and I was going to teach them how to use their sword in order to fight off their enemy, the devil. When I woke this morning I was thinking about Samurai warriors and their routine. I felt like I wanted more information, so I did some research. Here is what I found.~ “The rigorous training of a samurai warrior began in childhood. Samurai school was a unique combination of physical training, Chinese studies, poetry and spiritual discipline. The young warriors studied Kendo ("the Way of the Sword"), the moral code of the samurai, and Zen Buddhism. Samurai were expected to live according to Bushido ("The Way of the Warrior"), a strict ethical code influenced by Confucianism that stressed loyalty to one's master, respect for one's superior, ethical behavior in all aspects of life and complete self-discipline.” (PSB.org) I read this and thought to myself that this is a guide for Christians to develop for Warriors for Christ. Check it out. 1. The rigorous training starts at a young age. This tells me that we must start our children learning about the Power of Christ at a young age. The training is rigorous but not dreadful. That indicates that we should be teaching our children in a way that they ne