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This authoritative and enlightening version of Miyamoto Musashirs"s classic on confrontation and strategy is translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master. Kenji Tokistu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works. Here he uses his extensive knowledge to present this seminal text along with several earlier works by Musashi, putting them into historical and philosophical context and making them accessible and relevant to todayrs"s readers and martial arts students. While there are several versions ofThe Book of Five Ringsedited by martial artists, Tokisturs"s is by far the most extensively researched, the clearest, and the most packed with valuable insights from a martial arts perspective. Tokitsu really understands Musashirs"s writings-and Musashi as a martial artist-and is able to give a rare insight into the man and his historical contribution.
Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.