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Musashi's Book of Five Rings : The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy - Stephen F. Kaufman

Musashi's Book of Five Rings

The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy

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Often used to explain Japanese business competition, "Musashi's Book of Five Rings" is more properly a definitive treatise on mortal combat from one of Japan's most formidable warriors - the martial arts luminary Miyamoto Musashi. Famed martial artist Stephen Kaufman has translated this classic without the usual commercial bias, driving straight to the heart of Musashi's incisive martial arts stratagems. The result is an enthralling combination of powerful technical wisdom and the philosophical elucidation offered to martial artists by Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, and Taoism. From the metaphor of the Four Elements and fundamentals of physical practice and strategy to an offering of Zen wisdom on the "way" of nature, "Musashi's Book of Five Rings" is as profound and important a book on martial arts as you will find.

."..Kaufman does an excellent job of translating the text."--Dr. Henry Smith, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

Prefacep. ix
About the Translationp. xi
Introductionp. xv
The Book of Earthp. 1
The Book of Waterp. 23
The Book of Firep. 53
The Book of Windp. 81
The Book of No-Thingp. 101
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ISBN: 9780804835206
ISBN-10: 0804835209
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 106
Published: 15th January 2004
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.19