Musashi's Book of Five Rings: The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's Classic Book of Strategy

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Miyamoto Musashi is the greatest martial artist and warrior Japan has ever known. His Book of Five Rings is the definitive Japanese treatise on warfare, mortal combat and the chivalrous code of the samurai known simply as Bushido—the "Way of the Warrior." This classic book by Stephen Kaufman is a modern interpretation of Musashi's work specifically intended for today's martial artist. It explains the essential truths found in the Book of Five Rings that are necessary for a full understanding of Musashi's message ...

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Overview

Miyamoto Musashi is the greatest martial artist and warrior Japan has ever known. His Book of Five Rings is the definitive Japanese treatise on warfare, mortal combat and the chivalrous code of the samurai known simply as Bushido—the "Way of the Warrior." This classic book by Stephen Kaufman is a modern interpretation of Musashi's work specifically intended for today's martial artist. It explains the essential truths found in the Book of Five Rings that are necessary for a full understanding of Musashi's message as it was originally intended—as a practical training manual for warriors. The result is an enthralling treatise on martial strategy combining a warrior's instincts with the deep philosophical insights of Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and Taoism. It is a book that every modern warrior should read and absorb.

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"Finally, someone has interpreted this classic book specifically for the martial artist as it was originally intended."—Inside Kung-Fu

"...Kaufman does an excellent job of translating the text."—Dr. Henry Smith, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804835206
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 486,884
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen F. Kaufman, Hanshi, 10th Dan, is the holder of the highest title and rank attainable in the martial arts. His martial system, Hebi-ryu ("School of the Snake"), is recognized as one of the most effective martial methods in the world. A career spanning close to 60 years began in Okinawa in the 1950's. He's acknowledged as the "founding father" of American karate and has received countless awards and honors, including an induction into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Author of the Year in 2011.

Kaufman has authored and interpreted many martial arts titles including The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Way of the Modern Warrior, and The Shogun's Scroll, all available from Tuttle Publishing.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
About the Translation xi
Introduction xv
The Book of Earth 1
The Book of Water 23
The Book of Fire 53
The Book of Wind 81
The Book of No-Thing 101
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    I have just completed Hanshi Stephen Kaufmans¿s translations of

    I have just completed Hanshi Stephen Kaufmans’s translations of Miyamoto Musashi’s classic work, Book of Five Rings, and find it to be an interesting version of the timless classic. It is written in a clear, very readable format, and will be easily understood. As I have a background in Iaido and Kenjutsu, I find the sword training information presented by Musashi particularly helpful. I will put this in my collection with the other translations, and overall prefer it to the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    This is a must read for the martialist. If you are in the armed

    This is a must read for the martialist. If you are in the armed forces,law enforcement or trainer in these environments, you need to read this regularly as your policy.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Five Kicks Up!

    Hands down the best translation I've read of Musashi's classic. I think the biggest difference here is that it's written by the martialist, for the martialist. So many modern translations are geared toward business dealings, but (like the book says) if you botch a business deal, they don't take your head.

    I got so much from this work, that I've made it required reading for my martialism students.

    I give this one five kicks up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    is not the 'Definative interpretation' as Kaufman calls it

    I bought Stephen F. Kaufman's translation of the Book of Five Rings couple years ago, and I have to say I was quite disappointed with the translation itself. First, there are many areas in the book where the translation is very ambiguous and almost surprisingly different from other respectable translations of the Book of Five Rings that I had bought (I bought about 4 or 5 copies of them). It seems that Mr. Kaufman had relied heavily on his own interpretation instead. Another thing is that I have noticed he always put 'The Definative Interpretation of...' on his book cover. I think it is OK to do that sometimes, but whenever a text is translated from one language to another language, there will never be 'the definative interpretation.' The translation is always a work in process. I think perhaps Mr. Kaufman is an experienced martial artist, but for some reason he sounds more like a salesman in this book. Of course this is just only my opinion.

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