Theirs was a culture rising from war. From the very beginings they served their employer or daimyo in protecting cities. This was before they rose up to power as a class, or in politics. They were servants bred in warfare and combat.
They were experts in warfare and trained for the battlefield. They were experts with weapons such as the bow, spear and sword, and experts in unarmed combat.
They trained constantly in the use of these weapons, for the purpose of combat.
Theirs was a culture of service in war and peace. They were fierce, and for the majority of them, loyal warriors.
Those that survived the many major battles throughout Japan’s barbaric history, walked, limped or crawled away from battlefields. where tens of thousands on both sides lay dead, and another tens of thousands on both sides lay screaming or in shock waiting to die from their wounds.
It was not until around the 10th century that samurai grew into a ruling class in Japan.
- William Stynetski