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Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings
     

Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings

by Kenji Tokitsu, Sherab Chodzin Kohn (Translator)
 

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Japanese-born Tokitsu has taught karate in Paris since 1971 and has doctorate degrees in sociology and Japanese language and civilization. Here he recounts the life and translates the principle works of Musashi, the legendary 17th-century sword master, painter, sculptor, and calligrapher. The original Miyamoto Musashi: Maitre de Sabre japonais XVIIe siècle was

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Japanese-born Tokitsu has taught karate in Paris since 1971 and has doctorate degrees in sociology and Japanese language and civilization. Here he recounts the life and translates the principle works of Musashi, the legendary 17th-century sword master, painter, sculptor, and calligrapher. The original Miyamoto Musashi: Maitre de Sabre japonais XVIIe siècle was published in 2000 by Editions Desiris. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), the most famous of all samurai, fought and won 60 duels during his lifetime and was a master military strategist and a skilled artist. In the latter part of his life, he formed a martial arts school and trained many disciples. Tokitsu, an expert in martial arts with a doctorate in sociology, here provides a new translation and commentary of Musashi's major work, The Book of Five Rings, which gives his teachings on sword technique, military strategy, martial arts training, and general philosophy. Tokitsu also offers a biography of Musashi, which helps give context for understanding his thought. Beyond this, the work includes chapters discussing key topics in Japanese martial arts, such as budo, as well as a substantial glossary. The recent Tom Cruise film The Last Samurai may have heightened interest in Japanese martial arts. This excellent book might well capture the interest of a significant audience. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.--John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Miyamoto Musashi is a close look at the legendary swordsman and his treatises on swordsmanship and strategy by a Japanese martial artist. Deeply informed, and with direct and extensive knowledge of martial arts, the book, to my knowledge, has no parallel in Japan—or elsewhere."—Hiroaki Sato, author of Legends of the Samurai

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834805675
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/20/2006
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
853,362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Kenji Tokitsu was born in Japan and began studying martial arts when he was a child. He has taught karate in Paris since 1971. In 1984 he founded the Shaolin-mon school, where he teaches a synthesis of the original combat arts of Japan and China. In 2001 he established the Tokitsuryu Academy to teach and promote his method. For more information, visit www.tokitsu.com. Tokitsu also holds doctorates in sociology and in Japanese language and civilization. He is the author of numerous books.

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