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Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings


Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings

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    Kenji Tokitsu(Author)
Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the fifteenth century, was a renowned samurai warrior. He has become a martial arts icon, known not just as an undefeated dueler, but also as a master of battlefield strategy. Kenji Tokitsu turns a critical eye on Musashi's life and writings, separating fact from fiction, and giving a clear picture of the man behind the myth.
Musashi's best-known work, The Book of Five Rings , provides timeless insight into the nature of conflict. Tokitsu translates and provides extensive commentary on that popular work, as well as three other short texts on strategy that were written before it, and a longer, later work entitled "The Way to Be Followed Alone." Tokitsu is a thoughtful and informed guide, putting the historical and philosophical aspects of the text into context, and illuminating the etymological nuances of particular Japanese words and phrases. As a modern martial artist and a scholar, Tokitsu provides a view of Musashi's life and ideas that is accessible and relevant to today's readers and martial arts students.

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 Tokitsu also holds doctorates in sociology and in Japanese language and civilization. He is the author of numerous books.

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  • PDF | 528 pages
  • Kenji Tokitsu(Author)
  • Weatherhill Inc; New edition edition (31 Dec. 2005)
  • English
  • 5
  • Biography

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  • By phillip gray on 7 January 2006

    for those who would like to see an indepth picture of the man who was miyamoto musashi this text is a must. the author has used many historical documents and his own experiance in the study of Budo as the basis for the comentary on the life and indeed the times of this extraordanary individual and martial artist. within the text the author also includes excelent translation and comentary on all of the writings of musashi not least his seminal work the gorin no sho (the book of five elements (or rings)), throughout the comentary on musashi's work the views of kendo masters who follow the traditions of musashi's school of swordsmanship are used to give some extra understanding of the subject matter. the resaon that i only gave this title 4 stars instead of five is it's tendancy to drift from the point in hand, especially in the later chapters. however this said this is an excellent and well thoughtout text and a MUST for anyone who has the slightest intrest in japaneese martial history.

  • By D. GREEN on 17 May 2009

    I have recently started studying HNIR and was recommended this book. It is quite simply the best book about Musashi on the market. With a complete life history, a new translation of Go rin no sho and examples of his ink paintings. As it is written by a martial arts practitioner he really understands his subject.A must buy for those wanting to learn about Musashi.

  • By Gökhan Seçkin on 19 November 2010

    This is the best resource if you want to learn about , legendary Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. The book includes a detailed biography, translation of his writings (including the famous 'Book of Five Rings') with good comments and impact of his life to Japanese martial arts.Highly Recommended for any martial arts practitioner.

  • By Guest on 30 May 2011

    Came on time, was in great condition can't ask more than that.Oh and the book is a great read as well, can be boring in some parts but just hang in their.

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