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

Musashi's Book of Five Rings

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


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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.



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Excellent translation


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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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.

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    "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

    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
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780804835206
    ISBN-10: 0804835209
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 128
    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