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.
"Finally, someone has interpreted this classic book specifically for the martial artist as it was originally intended." -Inside Kung-Fu
"...Kaufman does an excellent job of translating the text." -Dr. Henry Smith, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University
"There was a time when I was reading this book before all my major competition. It focused my mind on the conceptual behind skill development and application. If you have the ability to understand concepts and apply them to your interests, this book is for you." -BJJ Canvas
"One of the most knowledgeable men I've ever spoken with. He's like a university professor with a New York edge." - Master Mark Liverio, Founder of Willow-Oak Martial Arts, FL
"Kaufman does a superb job of translating ancient Japanese to modern English while still maintaining the original mindset and teachings." -Shihan Dana Abbott
"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
"Kaufman Hanshi has gone beyond the simple idea of translating the books, and instead works as the interpreter, speaking specifically to the martial artists out there." -Martial Thoughts blog