Musashi's Book of Five Rings: The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy

Musashi's Book of Five Rings: The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy


By (author) Stephen F. Kaufman

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 106 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 10mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0804835209
  • ISBN 13: 9780804835206
  • Edition: 2
  • Sales rank: 91,244

Product description

This classic work interprets Miyamoto Musashi's famous "Book of Five Rings" specifically for the martial artist--as Miyamoto Musashi originally intended. It explains the underlying truths necessary for a full understanding of Musashi's message for warriors. The result is an enthralling book on martial strategy that combines the instincts of the warrior with the philosophies of Zen Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and Taoism. It is a crucial book for every martial artist to read and understand. Like the original, this book is divided into five sections. The "Book of Earth" lays the groundwork for anyone wishing to understand Musashi's teachings; the "Book of Water" explains the warrior's approach to strategy; the "Book of Fire" teaches fundamental fighting techniques based on the Earth and Water principles; the "Book of Wind" describes differences between Musashi's own martial style and the styles of other fighting schools; while the "Book of No-thing" describes the "way of nature" as understood through an "unthinking" existing preconception. Famed martial artist Stephen Kaufman has translated this classic without the usual academic or commercial bias, driving straight into the heart of Musashi's martial teachings and interpreting them for his fellow martial artists. The result is an enthralling combination of warrior wisdom and philosophical truths that Musashi offered to other warriors who wished to master the martial way of bushido.

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Stephen F. Kaufman, Hanshi, 10th Dan, is the holder of the highest title and rank attainable in the martial arts. His martial system, Hebi-ryu ("School of the Snake"), is recognized as one of the most effective martial methods in the world. A career spanning close to 60 years began in Okinawa in the 1950's. He's acknowledged as the "founding father" of American karate and has received countless awards and honors, including an induction into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Author of the Year in 2011. Kaufman has authored and interpreted many martial arts titles including "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Way of the Modern Warrior," and "The Shogun's Scroll," all available from Tuttle Publishing.

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