SAMPLE SAMURAI RESUMES NAME: Minamoto Yoshitsune, noble son of Yoshitomo. (Burditt-sensei) POSITION DESIRED: Level I samurai to Ashikaga Takauji. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: In 1184 and 1185 1 led spectacular defeats against the Taira. We fought from the shores of the Inland Sea to the western end of Honshu. I used strategies such as lightening-like surprise attacks. Always, imaginative and bold planning was part of my strategies. I served my previous daimyo in a spirit of loyalty and courage. MARTIAL ARTS: Aside from being a skillful strategist, I am quite proficient in hand-to-hand combat. People say that despite my stature, I have the strength of an ox. My horsemanship skills are on a level similar to that Of the Mongols. One of the greatest martial arts is the ability to be able to gain the loyalty and bravery of other fighters. The combination of my spirituality and personality provide me with this added advantage. WEAPONRY SKILLS: I am a superb swordsman. I have mastered the Zen of the soul of the sword; our souls have become one. I am also a master with the fighting staff EDUCATION: Having spent most of my youth in a monastery, I received an excellent education in traditional Japanese culture. I studied for the priesthood; thus I am quite literate. In my late teenage years, I studied under the patronage of a provincial branch of the Fujiwara and became a devout student of military arts. AWARDS & HONORS: People refer to me as a military genius and one of the most celebrated samurais in history. SPECIAL INTERESTS: I play the flute, write haiku, and engage in ikebana. I practice meditation daily and keep a reflective journal as I go through the lessons of life. CAREER OBJECTIVES: To secure a position that provides a worthy daimyo with my skillful, loyal service. NAME: Shinobu, honorable daughter of Yodoginii Nishi (Kelly-sensei) POSITION DESIRED: Loyal and trusted samurai PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Born into the Minamoto family whose samurai tradition is long and honorable. After witnessing the cruel murder of my father, my sister and I vowed to avenge his death. In a duel I was able to realize this life-long aspiration by defeating Shiga- I mounted the head of my father's enemy at the gates of our township. With this experience of training to be a warrior and avenging angel, I have gained an insight into the psyche of my male counterpart. My experience as a buke (woman of the samurai class) has left me with the utmost respect for this noble tradition. MARTIAL ARTS: I have learned how to focus in on the Zen of an objective and persevere until the goal is realized. In a spirit of readiness, I sleep with my sword under my pillow. To lose one's sword is truly to lose one's honor. I am skilled in judo and gymnastics. I am also quite proficient at horseback riding. WEAPONRY SKILLS: I am a master with swords, archery, and the fighting staff. EDUCATION: My mother saw to it that the children were all educated in Japanese culture. She taught us all how to read and write as we mastered such classics as the Tale of Genji (my favorite novel). The girls were taught skills such as household management and how to be good wives to a samurai husband. We were instilled with the values of the samurai class; thus, we have a strong sense of honor, duty, and loyalty. AWARDS & HONORS: I have received awards for my poetry writing, gymnastics, and water painting. The greatest honor is to be part of the noble samurai tradition. SPECIAL INTERESTS: I write poetry and short stories, water paint, and play the mandolin. I engage in karesansui, as I love gardening and nature. CAREER OBJECTIVES: To secure a position in which I can provide loyal and devoted service to a worthy dairriyo.
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