Taisen Deshimaru Roshi: (from: Zen in Martial Arts of Japan)

Zen and the martial arts have the same "taste" and are one unit. In Zen and martial arts, great emphasis is placed on practical training.

Many have already asked me, "How long do I have to practice?", And I answered, "Until your death!"

So my conversation partners are usually not too happy. Europeans want to learn quickly, some even in one single day. "Once I was there," they say, "and now I understand it." But the dojo is different from a university.

In Budo you have to continue until death.