The Complete Book of Five Rings

The Complete Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi Kenji Tokitsu Brian Nishii / Jun 05, 2020

The Complete Book of Five Rings The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi s classic The Book of Five Rings translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master Kenji Tokitsu Tokitsu has spent most

  • Title: The Complete Book of Five Rings
  • Author: Miyamoto Musashi Kenji Tokitsu Brian Nishii
  • ISBN: 9781501221460
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi s classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this audiobook he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi ThesThe Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi s classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this audiobook he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi These include The Mirror of the Way of Strategy, which Musashi wrote when he was in his twenties Thirty five Instructions on Strategy, and Forty two Instructions on Strategy, which were precursors to The Complete Book of Five Rings and The Way to Be Followed Alone, which Musashi wrote just days before his death Heard together, these five texts give listeners an unusually detailed, nuanced view of Musashi s ideas on swordsmanship, strategy, and self cultivation.Tokitsu puts all these writings into historical and philosophical context and makes them accessible and relevant to today s readers and martial arts students Tokitsu understands Musashi s writings and Musashi as a martial artist unusually well and is able to provide a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.

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        Miyamoto Musashi , c 1584 June 13, 1645 , also known as Shinmen Takez , Miyamoto Bennosuke or, by his Buddhist name, Niten D raku, was an expert Japanese swordsman and r nin Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age He was the founder of the Hy h Niten Ichi ry or Niten ry style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings Go Rin No Sho , a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.


    1. I read a translation by Ashikaga Yoshiharu and Rosemary Brant. This book puzzled me in that at first glance I seem to have learned nothing else from it than how to hold a sword and attack and enemy, and obvious things like never let your enemy have a chance to recover. I'm definitely missing something, either due to the translation or my inability to read between the lines. I guess I'm supposed to reflect on it and come back to it until I "get it" if there's any wisdom in here. The book is full [...]

    2. This is one of those books I've been "meaning to read" for years. There's a lot that could be said here, more than can be included in a "review". How can one review a book that has stood the test of 5+ centuries? I think there is much of value here, I think there is much that can be learned and then misapplied by those not wise enough to understand application as well as process.The book assumes that the one reading will have already spent much time in learning and study and plans to move on wit [...]

    3. I have different expectation when l looked at the cover book. There was a modern-day white collar person mimicking ancient Japanese samurai pose. So, I have expectation there was some modern interpretation in business management based on Miyamoto Musashi's teachings.Then I found the book's content was basically translations of ancient text, without much interpretations into modern management style. That's why I rated it only 3 star. The philosophy value itself beyond my own judgment.

    4. I do not know how I got here. I did not even know I had this book. But I am glad I read it.This book was written by Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese swordsman that had his first duel when he was 13 years old. It is divided into five “rings” (earth, water, fire, wind, void) that describe strategies and principles of martial arts, with a touch of philosophy that kept me interested. Among all the tactics that can be used, he shared his insightful thoughts on several matters. Martial arts are not ju [...]

    5. I first read Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings many years ago, while I was a Ph.D. candidate in California. I was intrigued by how his nine principles seemd to apply to life in general and leaders in particular, in addition to his intended audience of swordsmen. While it is not as in depth as Sun Tzu's The Art of War, he certainly added to my understanding. His nine principles, from the translation I prefer, are as follows:1. Do not think dishonestly2. The Way is in training3. Become acq [...]

    6. This book, written by a famous Japanese duelist, tells one of his relatives how to win with the sword. It is divided into five "Rings" based on five "Elements". He concentrates on Strategy and does not talk about the best guard to take or other technicalities. Many people find this book to be immoral as it espouses winning at all costs in a deadly pursuit. I regard it more as a-moral. Musashi simply never considers the question. He is simply putting down his concept of Strategy. Perhaps the mora [...]

    7. This book actually has two translations by Thomas Cleary of two books from Japanese martial artists. My thoughts on both and a short comparison are below.The Book of Five Rings is a pretty good insight into a disciplined mind and professional samurai from 17th century Japan. A lot of it is practical advice and there is some spiritual Zen leaning in there too but I would not go as far to say it is required leadership reading material in the same way as The Art of War by Sun Tzu but no martial art [...]

    8. Swordsman Miyamoto Mausashi had written The Book of the Five Rings with a practical approach to swordsmanship, on how to use the sword, where to stand and use the sun or shadows. For him, the point of battle was not showmanship it was winning, That's why he never lost a duelE GROUND BOOKIt is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of the pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. The Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.In short, the Way of my school is the spirit of w [...]

    9. Called the Go Rin No Sho, this treatise is eye-opening, though at times gruesome. One of the great joys of experiencing older texts is the sheer regality of the narration, so it's overall enjoyable. There are sections which are decidedly male and archaic like Musashi's insistence on overwhelming an enemy rather than befriending him. (Quite different from Funakoshi's precept of nonviolence in shotokan karate.)I've included here some striking quotes, and some lists of Musashi's principles.Quotes: [...]

    10. Ο Μιγιαμότο Μουσάσι ήταν ένας από τους καλύτερους Ιάπωνες ξιφομάχους της γενιάς του και ίσως ο θρυλικότερος σαμουράι στην ιστορία, πάντα νικητής στις τουλάχιστον εξήντα μονομαχίες που συμμετείχε, και δημιουργός μιας ιδιαίτερης σχολής ξιφομαχίας και πολεμικών τεχνών. Στο [...]

    11. I've always meant to go back and read another translation of Musashi's book. This one is, as you can tell by the title, geared towards martial artists, and this ties into the whole presentation. Perhaps I should give a little background: Musashi was a Japanese swordsman in the seventeenth century who fought in some ridiculous number of duels and won them all. He wrote a book of strategy called "The Book of the Five Rings" that is considered by many martial artists to be of a comparable worth wit [...]

    12. Despite Musashi's many admonitions to "investigate this thoroughly," I fear that I have not done so enough to truly understand or appreciate the profundity of The Book of Five Rings; however, it was interesting to read this work about swordsmanship and strategy and to think about the ways that it has been applied to business and perhaps other aspects of Japanese life. I'm not going to deny the fact that it was hard to see beyond the direct references to sword fighting and martial arts at times-- [...]

    13. A classic, which is about individual and tactical combat as well as spirit. It should be read in conjunction with The Art Of War.This book describes bushido, which is reflected in much manga/anime.

    14. Written by the legendary swordsman Musashi Miyamoto, The Five Rings (c.1645) is more than just a manual on sword-fighting techniques: its Zen philosophy offers tactics and strategies as relevant to personal success today as they were to 17th-century samurai. The Five Rings speaks to every age about the essential roles of harmony and self-mastery in our lives. Miyamoto Musashi is known in Japan as a kensi, or a "sword saint". One who has perfected the art of the sword so completely that they also [...]

    15. Amazing book - if you are 16 the century samurai, otherwise limited use for its applications into a modern world. Thought this was japanese The Art of war, kinda it is but not as good.

    16. El libro en sí es puro taoísmo, pero estas nociones fueron las que me gustaron un montón!"By Void I mean that which has no beginning and no end. Attaining this principle means not attaining the principle. The Way of strategy is the Way of nature. When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally. All this is the Way of the Void. "It will seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first. B [...]

    17. This is a work in translation. The original was written sometime in the 1600's, yet it could have easily been written this year. There are many translations of Musashi's work, some reinterpreted for other arenas such as business. This version keeps the focus on strategy for the student of the Way of the warrior. It is applicable to martial artists who utilize weapons as well as those who do not. I will recommend it to advanced students, because on the whole it is a bit much for beginners. As a f [...]

    18. OK, this is not a novel. It is a training manual for the budding swordsman written my the greatest Japanese swordsman in their history - Miyamoto Musashi. There are so many levels to this man's teachings that it is difficult to summarise. His life in itself is amazing and the subject of many written works. For me, there are two key elements to this work:1. How to be a swords man. The practical aspects required for you to be able to handle a sword and to attain a level where you can spar with som [...]

    19. I have been won over by the convenience of ebooks, however, I expect that there will always be reasons to buy a book as an artifact. Case in point, is the beautiful Watkins Publishing version of Miyamoto Musashi's The Five Rings (2012) translated by David K. Groff. This wonderfully designed book is made from high quality materials and is adorned throughout by paintings, photographs, maps, scrolls, elaborate print designs including kanji, and includes intricate border designs on the pages through [...]

    20. Pay no attention to my rating, as this is not a judgement on Musashi's book, but rather the audio version of the book. For me, Musashi's Book of Five Rings is a book that, after listening to it, I learned that I could only truly understand his writings by reading it and then, rereading it.The Book of Five Rings is similar to Sun Tsu's Art of War, in that it was a book written in a different time for a different situation, but even so, it is timeless in it's applications to life, business, martia [...]

    21. If you don't know how to use a sword, don't bother. This book is often tauted by business leaders as a strategy book, in much the same way that Sun Tzu's book 'The Art of War' is tauted. The comparison is impractical. Sun-Tzu was far more a philosopher than Musashi. I took Iaido for 3 years before I could read this book. It IS good for strategy, but you don't get the metaphors without learning the sword first.

    22. Not as interesting as I hoped, which maybe isn't surprising since violence and combat don't interest me a lot. So it goes. I suppose I was looking for something with a deeper worldview.

    23. My rating does not reflect the quality of this book. It reflects my enjoyment and understanding. This book speaks more to martial arts (including weapons use) than anything I'm into. It was interesting to port some of the advice over to chess play or other competitions. It was also interesting to think about how people break down specified physical knowledge into general theory. "You should investigate this thoroughly."

    24. First and foremost, I have to give credit where credit is due. This book is the first Japanese book I read in translation, decades ago. It not only got me interested in the martial arts, but also stimulated my imagination on Japanese history. Of all the translations of this book that I have seen, this seems to be the one that sold the best-- my copy is from the thirtieth reprinting (2000).That being said, decades later as a scholar trained in history and Asian studies (BA and MA, currently pursu [...]

    25. Ngũ Luân Thư có năm phần, nội dung tóm tắt như sau:• Địa quyển: bàn về đạo trong binh pháp, những điều cơ bản và cốt lõi. Đây là phần quan trọng nhất. Chỉ khi nào hiểu được tinh thần và đạo của kiếm phái, khi đó mới bàn tới kiếm pháp. Địa quyển đề cập đến những vấn đề từ nhỏ nhất đến lớn nhất. Tinh thần của Musashi là những việc lớn thì dễ thấy nhưng những việc nh [...]

    26. Semplicemente bellissimo.p.45Purtroppo la conoscenza superficiale di una materia è spesso più nociva dell'ignoranza assoluta!p.52Una piccola deviazione iniziale diventa col tempo una divergenza incolmabile.p.59Tutta la vita di un samurai è soggetta alle leggi dell'armonia con i suoi tempi e le sue cadenze, quando agisce bene e vince o quando sbaglia e perde. Nel commercio c'è il ritmo di quando si guadagna e il ritmo di quando si fallisce. Bisogna saper cogliere con esattezza il ritmo del su [...]

    27. GREAT 17th CENTURAY SAMURAI SWORDSMAN'S ADVICE ON STRATEGY: Based on my readings, Musashi's motive in writing his Book of Five Rings had been to correct misrepresentations of his views on swordsmanship by his contemporaries. Having become a legend in his own time, Musashi's reputation was being exploited by ambitious rivals claiming to have adopted the master's martial techniques and philosophies. Thus Book of Five Rings was intended by its author to establish his point of view for correcting mi [...]

    28. I remember liking a different translation when I first read this book about 5 years ago. So whether it's the translation or a different perspective on life, this was a bit of a disappointing read. Unless you are veeeeeeeerry into kendo, which I'm not, I don't know what there is to take away from this book other than it is an interesting look into the mind of a real historical figure who was a legend in his own time. Sort of like reading Yoda's light-saber instruction manual if Yoda was real. A l [...]

    29. I'm interested to read this book. However, as regards this particular edition, although the commentary is useful, the introduction is annoying. I made it through the sections on bushido and heiho, and the historical discussion of Miyamoto Musashi and his times, but the section on Zen was intolerably vapid and cliched. I couldn't stand to finish it, which is saying a lot, since I usually have a high tolerance for dull and irritating introductory material.Postscript: I recommend this book: it's hi [...]

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