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To learn a Japanese martial art is to learn Zen, and although you can't do so simply by reading a book, it sure does help--especially if that book is the Book of Five Rings. One of Japan's great samurai sword masters put down in decisive, unfaltering terms the certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's Art of War, it is applicable not only on the battlefield but in all forms of competition. Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles. Going deeper, we find suki, the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike. In succinct detail, Miyamoto records ideal postures, blows and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack. Most important of all is Miyamoto's concept of rhythm, how all things are in harmony, and by working with the rhythm of a situation, we can turn it to our advantage with little effort. But like Zen, this requires one thing above all else, putting the book down and going out to practice. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is quite insightful regarding the art of warfare and understanding the psyche behind conquering impossible odds, additionally the author/editor's translation is quite... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Eshan Morjaria
really good book complete with audio cd. Like a guide to basics of samurai fighting but interesting from a historical point of view.Published 4 days ago by suraj
An interesting read. It contains lots of archaic battle relevant information which seems out of place in todays technological world, however it is an eye opener and a nice... Read morePublished 23 days ago by M. McGowan