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    Kenji Tokitsu(Author)
Undefeated swordsman, master of battlefield strategy, martial arts icon—Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, is the most famous samurai of all time.His masterwork, theBook of Five Rings (Gorin no sho) , is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture.
Over the centuries, Musashi's reputation has grown to mythic proportions, but, in fact, much about Musashi and his life remains a mystery.Here, Kenji Tokitsu, a modern martial arts master and scholar, turns a critical eye on Musashi's life and writings, separating fact from fiction, and providing a view of the man and his ideas that is accessible and relevant to today's readers and martial arts students.
Tokitsu provides a vivid and meticulously researched biography and a fresh translation of theBook of Five Rings , along with four other texts on strategy, all with extensive commentary.He is a thoughtful and informed guide, putting the historical and philosophical aspects of the text into context.
He also covers:

   •  The main periods in the history of Japanese swordsmanship
   •  Musahi's childhood and his first duel
   •  The founding of Musashi's School of Two Swords
   •  Musashi's influence on contemporary practice
   •  The evolution of budo, or martial arts practice for self-cultivation


Musashi was also a respected artist, and this book contains color reproductions of his own calligraphies and paintings, with commentary by the well-known art historian Stephen Addiss.

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 www.tokitsu.com. Tokitsu also holds doctorates in sociology and in Japanese language and civilization. He is the author of numerous books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 528 pages
  • Kenji Tokitsu(Author)
  • Shambhala Publications Inc (10 Aug. 2004)
  • English
  • 3
  • 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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