Young samurai training program Samurai started training at the age of three. in fact, Samurai get given their first training sword at the age of three made of bamboo. Between the age of 5 sand 7 it is said they were given their first real weapon, a mamorigatana sword for self defence. (7) Their training program was designed to teach them bushidō witch was the set rules for a samurai. It taught frugality, loyalty, martial arts and honour. Their ability to fight was important but the mental training to become a samurai was also vital.
Samurai training needed to cover four things:
Usually samurai were taught by their fathers at home unless you were of upper class you were sent to an academy.
A typical day of a 13 year old at a training academy
6:30-- Wake up
7:00-7:15-- Eat morning rice
7:15-7:30-- Travel to dojo
7:30-8:30-- Kendo (swords)
10:50-11:00-- Short break
11:00-12:00-- Horse riding
12:00-12:30-- Long break
12:30-1:30-- Jujitsu (unarmed combat)
3:30-3:45-- Travel home
4:30-5:30-- Free hour
6:00-7:00-- Practice (kendo/jujitsu)
7:00-- Go to bed
this example of a day training for a young samurai would be quite similar to the rest of the week. repetition was very important so they would have the same activities each day but at different times. some special activities include standing waist deep in snow, going a day with out food or sitting under a cold waterfall to prepare them for harsh wether or deprivation(8).