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.
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If you study any martial art or even wish to understand strategy for everyday living, this book will be very helpful.
"Kaufman's interpretation is the only translation / interpretation that I have been able to use 'in the field' specifically to enhance the 'frame of mind' of the athletes I coach before the ultimate testing ground; competition." Haydn Ellis, Sydney, Australia"
|About the Translation||p. xi|
|The Book of Earth||p. 1|
|The Book of Water||p. 23|
|The Book of Fire||p. 53|
|The Book of Wind||p. 81|
|The Book of No-Thing||p. 101|
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Number Of Pages: 106
Published: 8th September 2003
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 2