Being a samurai is not begrudging even your life if it is for the sake of the country. It is not having skill in archery, equitation, fencing, spears, artillery, and firearms. As long as you do not begrudge even your life for the sake of the country, even without any of those skills, you are a samurai.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Third of April. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”