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The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi’s classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu. Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this book he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi. These include “The Mirror of the Way of Strategy,” which Musashi wrote when he was in his twenties; “Thirty-five Instructions on Strategy,” and “Forty-two Instructions on Strategy,” which were precursors to The Book of Five Rings; and “The Way to Be Followed Alone,” which Musashi wrote just days before his death. Read together, these five texts give readers an unusually detailed, nuanced view of Musashi’s ideas on swordsmanship, strategy, and self-cultivation.

Tokitsu puts all these writings into historical and philosophical context and makes them accessible and relevant to today’s readers and martial arts students. Tokitsu understands Musashi’s writings—and Musashi as a martial artist—unusually well and is able to provide a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.

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This authoritative and enlightening version of Miyamoto Musashi’s classic on confrontation and strategy is translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master. Kenji Tokistu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works. Here he uses his extensive knowledge to present this seminal text along with several earlier works by Musashi, putting them into historical and philosophical context and making them accessible and relevant to today’s readers and martial arts students.

While there are several versions of The Book of Five Rings edited by martial artists, Tokistu’s is by far the most extensively researched, the clearest, and the most packed with valuable insights from a martial arts perspective. Tokitsu really understands Musashi’s writings—and Musashi as a martial artist—and is able to give a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.

About the Author

Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590307977
Author:
Musashi, Miyamoto
Publisher:
Shambhala
Translator:
Tokitsu, Kenji
Editor:
Tokitsu, Kenji
Author:
Miyamoto, Musashi
Author:
Tokitsu, Kenji
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100511
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.90x5.90x.70 in. .75 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This authoritative and enlightening version of Miyamoto Musashi’s classic on confrontation and strategy is translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master. Kenji Tokistu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works. Here he uses his extensive knowledge to present this seminal text along with several earlier works by Musashi, putting them into historical and philosophical context and making them accessible and relevant to today’s readers and martial arts students.

While there are several versions of The Book of Five Rings edited by martial artists, Tokistu’s is by far the most extensively researched, the clearest, and the most packed with valuable insights from a martial arts perspective. Tokitsu really understands Musashi’s writings—and Musashi as a martial artist—and is able to give a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.

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