The Book of Five Rings (The Way of the Warrior Series)

The Book of Five Rings (The Way of the Warrior Series)

by Miyamoto Musashi

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Along with Sun Tzu's The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings is considered to be one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings. This brilliant manifesto is written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life.

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ISBN-13: 9789897787911
Publisher: Pandora's Box
Publication date: 09/09/2019
Sold by: De Marque
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 13,429
File size: 727 KB

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The Book of Five Rings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book-although i have only read 40 pages- its just great. i am now a green belt in the korean art of haidong gumdo, which means korean sword art of the eastern sea. i am 13 now and this book can be hard to understand at times, but if you just keep reading that line that you dont understand a few times, you should come to understand it. also, one thing that helps me is to grab a stick or a wooden sword or whatever you can find that somewhat resembles a sword and do what the book says. all in all i just think this book is great and fun to read!
Mr.Krinkle More than 1 year ago
This is a philosophy that caters to a particular type of person. "See what can not be seen", sounds silly however it has its pure logic to the practitioner. Study and train. Defeat a man with a look. The books of Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and lastly and most difficult to understand... Void. These are not easy to understand. How to stand, flare your nose, belly out, bend your knees... Imagine your opponent defeated. One must study at length and beyond and still possibly not grasp what is being said. I cannot vouch for a particular translation. I have read two and thre is something to be learned from both. This is a very serious read. Not lengthy, just complicated. Written by Japan's most revered Samurai. This will help you grow as a practitioner and a person.
gbrutt More than 1 year ago
No matter whether you practice martial arts or have no idea what a dojo is, The Book of Five Rings is a great read. Written by someone who fought and won over sixty contests, it gives wisdom and insight into combat that can be applied to any situation. The book does not detail technique or lay out forms but rather speaks about mastering The Way. I've read it several times and always come away with greater insight and have something to think about. Clear, concise and easy to read, any person can benefit from the concepts contained in this book. "The way of the warrior is to master the virtue of his weapons."
Ringo_Fan999 More than 1 year ago
This book is intended to be read while practicing Martial Arts. In theory, one would read a chapter, wander off and practice it for a few years, return to the next chapter, and then repeat the process. Simply reading the book will not turn you into a Ninja or Zen guru. Practice is required. Re-reading it after physical practice can often be enlightening. Like many Samurai type books, the author focuses on the "Martial" part of Martial Arts. That is, the practice is intended to kill, not just disable, the opponent. Modern practice sees it differently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miyamoto Musashi is one of if not the most profound and prolific authors of his and our time. He writes from the perspective of a self experienced man. If you get past the surface of this manual of life you will see that the art that is being disected is for the development of a well rounded person. Only if you can get by the military surface you will see this. He (Mr. Musashi)challenges us to study what he has written and also to apply the principles so that we can see the spirit in which he writes. If you are interested in maintaining a demeanor that is unlike any other in your immediate circle of friends and constituents please purchase this book!
blackbelt.librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've studied Taekwon Do for 17 years. A fellow classmate recommended this book to me. A bit difficult to get through at first, but it gives invaluable insight into fighting techniques. It changed the way I thought about sparring & I took this book with me when I competed in the 13th World Taekwon Do Championship in South Korea in '04.
BryanJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, Excellent Author, and informative enough to keep you on your toes.
bpinchot40 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a good book if you want to know more about swordplay and war strategy.
hermit_9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book of Five Rings is not really a book; it¿s a way of life.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are other reviews here for ¿Book of Five Rings¿, but I feel only one of them is close to understanding the essence of this book. ¿Five Rings¿ was indeed originally a martial arts treatise, but the Western Reader needs to remember that Martial Arts was a total way of life: all the principles of Martial Arts was applied to everyday life as well. This theme of strategy applying to everything is one Musahi mentions frequently in this work. As you read the book keep this in mind.Mushai writes, ¿¿ the warrior¿s is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both¿. In the Overlook Press edition, there are numerous illustrations of artworks in different mediums created by Musahi himself. Example is the best form of teaching and he clearly shows that there is no division between martial art forms and art forms for pleasure.For the Way of the Warrior, every battle plan must be researched, your enemies¿ weaknesses known, your plans constructed accordingly and executed flawlessly. Applying this to the way of the Artisan, something the Western mind sees diametrically opposed to warfare, Musahi¿s dictum means the artist must fully understand the medium they are working in, fully understand the idea they are trying to represent and must flawlessly execute their work.The book itself is written like a classical brush painting. Broad strokes suggest the theme and the more we look at the work, the more detail we see in the work. Musahi writes in broad terms, supplying enough detail for us to understand what he is suggesting, but he does not overwhelm us with detail. In many places, the student is admonished to research the subject of his discourses themselves.It is this last aspect that makes this work so enduring and all encompassing. These principles may be applied to any situation, to any profession. It is not a book to be read once and put away. To appreciate ¿Book of Five Rings¿ to the fullest, read the book, practice the concepts in everyday life, then, read the book again. Each time you read the book you will find some new insight, just as each time you look at a well-done artwork, you notice new detail. Apply this new insight and read the book yet again. Research this well and practice often.
antiquary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frankly, I was disappointed reading this, but I approached it as a devotee of western sword combat looking for practical advice. If I had approached it with more humility seeking spiritual guidance perhaps I would have gained more from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are going to sell the book then sell it not just a sample for a dollar!
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Cailalilly More than 1 year ago
Miyamoto Musashi was a brilliant swordsman. His teachings are exceptionally simple but filled with wisdom. My favourite quote of his, “This is a truth: when you sacrifice your life, you must make fullest use of your weaponry. It is false not to do so, and to die with a weapon yet undrawn.” 
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jsoda079 More than 1 year ago
Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings is a must read! Not only does this book, which is charming in its own right in that it is conveyed through a series of comics, talk about strategy as a superficial goal, but it also has underlying tones of how to balance yourself to get through daily battles and be happy in life. What a great book!
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Sianne_Rice More than 1 year ago
Musashi was probably one of the most profound writers in Japanese history. This book is amazing, it applies to not only swordplay but to business and live in general. I'd recommend it to EVERYONE.
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