Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi's Book of Five Rings

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Similar to The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Myamoto, Japan's most famous warrior and combat strategist, provides valuable lessons for anyone facing challenging circumstances—from business, war, and sports to fields of art, love, and politics.

The samurai culture, created over a period of nearly seven hundred years by Japan's ruling class of warriors and epitomized in The Book of Five Rings, still influences every facet of the Japanese way of thinking ...

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Overview

Similar to The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Myamoto, Japan's most famous warrior and combat strategist, provides valuable lessons for anyone facing challenging circumstances—from business, war, and sports to fields of art, love, and politics.

The samurai culture, created over a period of nearly seven hundred years by Japan's ruling class of warriors and epitomized in The Book of Five Rings, still influences every facet of the Japanese way of thinking and doing things. Many Japanese, consciously and unconsciously, pattern their attitudes and behavior on the thinking and behavior of Musashi, including sacrificing themselves to ideals, and continuously striving to achieve perfection.

Boye Lafayette De Mente has extracted the fundamentals of Musashi's martial tactics and explains them here in a context for use in the modern world. These strategies for winning are as valid today as they were in 17th century Japan and provide valuable insights for anyone in any field to endeavor.

This hardcover edition of Samurai Strategies features a new introduction by the author, and additional commentary in each chapter by renowned Japanese author and samurai expert Michihiro Matsumoto.

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"What most pervaded the samurai philosophy and way of life was the recognition of life's fragility. Danger was omnipresent and mortal combat frequent. In the book Samurai Strategies by Boye Lafayette De Mente, the author explores the seven samurai virtues that defined their way of life, and how we can apply them to our own lives. I believe these seven virtues possess special wisdom and application for the modern entrepreneur as well."—Forbes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804839501
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 220,624
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Boye Lafayette De Mente worked for several years as an editor of newspapers and magazines in Tokyo and has written many books on Japan's language and culture, including The Japanese Samurai Code, Etiquette Guide to Japan, Survival Japanese and Instant Japanese.

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Table of Contents


Preface: The Seven Virtues of the Samurai Way     9
Introduction: The Most Dangerous Man in Japan!     29
Set Goals     35
Life-or-Death Discipline     37
Train to Win     40
Be Prepared     43
The Illusion of Form     46
Absolute Integrity     49
Train the Mind     52
Clear the Mind     57
The Power of Emptiness     61
Learn from Your Opponents     64
Pay Attention to Details     66
The Power of Silence     69
Change the Rules of Engagement     72
The Power of Fear     77
Confuse Your Opponent     80
The Mind as a Weapon     83
See What Cannot Be Seen     86
Don't Get Stuck on One Style     89
The Importance of Flexibility     92
Make Sure You See the Big Picture     95
Use Time as a Weapon     98
Never Stop Learning     101
Hit First; Hit Hard!     106
Use All of Your Weapons     109
The Samurai and the Carpenter     112
Take the Initiative     115
Know Your Environment     117
Watch for aCollapse     119
Become Your Opponent     121
Draw Your Opponent In     123
Never Use the Same Tactic Twice     126
Make Your Opponent Change His Style of Fighting     129
Behave As If You Were Already Dead     132
Avoid Stalemates     135
Never Give Your Opponent a Second Chance     137
Pierce the Bottom     140
The Importance of Art in Life     143
The Sword of the Spirit     145
Focus on Winning     148
The Head of a Rat, the Neck of a Bull     151
Surpass Today What You Were Yesterday     153
Perseverance and Diligence     156
Conclusion: The Renewal of the Samurai Spirit     158
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