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The Book of Five Rings Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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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.
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The Book of Five Rings consists of five scrolls or chapters. The first one is the Earth Scroll which discusses the science of martial arts. The Water Scroll talks about swordsmanship as taught by Musashi himself. The Fire Scroll discusses large scale military combat. The next chapter is the Wind Scroll which provides insight on the warrior philosophy of other schools. This book ends with the Scroll of Emptiness where a warrior must know "the Way" or else risk having their perception warped by their personal biases.
The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War is divided into three chapters. The first one is titled The Killing Sword. The author indicates that the normal mind is "the Way" and an obsession is a sickness. You cannot be obsessed with something if you expect to do well. For example, if you think "about" holding a sword or writing, then you will not use the sword or write well. This is then followed by the Life Giving Sword and No Sword. These chapters discuss topics like the distance between you and your opponent. Munenori goes on to describe how the mind is to the body as the moon is to its reflection in the water. The main theme appears to be that where the mind goes, the body will follow.
Bottom line: This is a short book that should be read slowly. The philosophical concepts are not readily apparent. That said, this book is truly unique in its ability to provide insight into the world of the Samurai.