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1.0 out of 5 stars What a rip off!, 24 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Martial Artist's "Book of Five Rings": The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy (Paperback)
Unlike one of the other reviewers, I wouldn't advise any potential buyers to ignore ANY of the reviews - a stupid bit of advice (sounds like "don't listen to anyone else except me!"). Read all the reviews and form your own opinion.

What anyone who gives this a glossy review completely fails to acknowledge is this: IT IS A RIP OFF OF NUMEROUS OTHER ACTUAL TRANSLATIONS

While Kaufman states this within his rag of a publication, he tries to suggest that his own regurgitation of Musashi's writings are in some way useful because of a simple formula he applies - he copies other translations and simply throws in the odd "you can kick here" or "this applies to punching and kicking".

Anyone who considers anything Musashi wrote to be of value would avoid this book as a) there are far more accurate translations of the original by scholars who understand something of the nuances of the time that it was written in and have tried to preserve that and b) by Kaufman adding in his own version of the English reading he is simply adding things that Musashi DID NOT WRITE!

I know a few highly skilled and experienced martial artists who have trained longer that Kaufman but I still would not consider their own reinterpretation of Musashi's work to be of any value at all unless a) they had translated it directly from the original Japanese manuscript and b) they had carried out auxiliary research of the art, the history and alternative texts which might shed more light on a document which is difficult to interpret, even by experts.
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