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Musashi's Book of Five Ringsby Stephen F. Kaufman
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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.
Book News Annotation:
A translation and interpretation of Mysashi's (1584-1945) Japanese classic specifically for fighters, says Kaufman, who is a karate master and runs a series of self-defense schools in New York City. The 1994 edition was published by Tuttle Publishing. It has no index or bibliography. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A definitive treatise on mortal combat from one of Japan's most formidable warriors—the martial arts luminary Miyamoto Musashi
Miyamoto Musashi is the greatest martial artist and warrior Japan has ever known. His Book of Five Rings is the definitive Japanese treatise on warfare, mortal combat and the chivalrous code of the samurai known simply as Bushido—the "Way of the Warrior." This classic book by Stephen Kaufman is a modern interpretation of Musashi's work specifically intended for today's martial artist. It explains the essential truths found in the Book of Five Rings that are necessary for a full understanding of Musashi's message as it was originally intended—as a practical training manual for warriors. The result is an enthralling treatise on martial strategy combining a warrior's instincts with the deep philosophical insights of Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and Taoism. It is a book that every modern warrior should read and absorb.
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.
About the Author
Stephen F. Kaufman, Hanshi 10th Dan, holder of the highest rank attainable in the martial arts, is an acknowledged 'Founding Father of American Karate.' A motivational speaker, self-defense expert, and author, Hanshi Kaufman has studied Eastern philosophy for over forty years. He is the founder of the widely recognized Dojo No Hebi (School of the Snake) and is the author of Living Tao, The Shogun Scrolls, and The Art of War. He lives in New York City.
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