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Can you give me a detailed definition of the Japanese
Meijin means great master. In the martial arts a
meijin is a term used to refer to a truly unique and
distinguished master of an art who is considered to
have achieved mental, spiritual and physical perfection.
In modern budo (karate, aikido, kendo, judo, etc.)
a meijin is thus one who achieved a level beyond just
excellence in technique but has entered a spiritual
realm towards self-perfection -- achieving a quiet
mind (fudoshin) and often experiencing enlightenment.
The well known martial arts writer and historian Donn
Drager notes in "Modern Budo & Bujitsu"
that "all genuine meijin of classical disciplines,
without exception, studied a wide range of different
disciplines, never specializing in one alone, at least
before achieving meijin status."
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