From Wikipedia: The Book of Five Rings is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists: for instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work.
Musashi establishes a "no-nonsense" theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive, and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one's opponent. He also continually makes the point that the understandings expressed in the book are important for combat on any scale, whether a one-on-one duel or a massive battle.
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Philosophy of combat
An Important Book
I read this book as a teenager so listening to it was a good refresher. Even though the text is almost five hundred years old, there are important lessons throughout that will help anyone in all aspects of life (business, personal, etc) -- including if you are a samurai or want to become one. :)
The narrator did a good job in making it conversational because at times the text can be rather cumbersome.
Please note that I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review
- Koji Steven Sakai