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The Book of Five Rings (Pocket Classics) Paperback – Unabridged, 1 May 1994

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; New edition edition (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877739986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877739982
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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.

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