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The Book Of Five Rings By Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

Miyamoto Musashi


The Book of Earth chapter serves as an introduction, and metaphorically discusses martial arts, leadership, and training as building a house.


The Book of Water chapter describes Musashi's style, Ni-ten ichi-ryu, or "Two Heavens, One Style". It describes some basic technique and fundamental principles.


The Book of Fire chapter refers to the heat of battle, and discusses matters such as different types of timing.


The Book of Wind discusses what Musashi considers to be the failings of various contemporary schools of sword fighting.


The Book of the Void chapter is a short epilogue, describing, in more esoteric terms, Musashi's probably Zen-influenced thoughts on consciousness and the correct mindset.

The Book of Five Rings (五輪書 Go Rin No Sho) 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. The modern-day Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū employs it as a manual of technique and philosophy.

Here, we will begin to Explore Miyamoto Musashi’s The Book Of Five Rings, and Samurai training and culture in general.

To learn a Japanese martial art is to learn Zen, and although you can't do so simply by reading a book, it sure does help--especially if that book is The Book of Five Rings.

One of Japan's great samurai sword masters penned in decisive, unfaltering terms this certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is applicable not only on the battlefield but also in all forms of competition.

Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles.

Going deeper, we find suki, the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike.

In succinct detail, Miyamoto Musashi records ideal postures, blows, and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack.

Most important of all is Miyamoto Musashi's concept of rhythm, how all things are in harmony, and that by working with the rhythm of a situation we can turn it to our advantage with little effort. But like Zen, this requires one task above all else, putting the book down and going out to practice.

Also By Miyamoto Musashi - Dokkōdō: The Way Of Walking Alone And Other Classic Texts On Strategy And Swordsmanship

Hyodokyo - “The Mirror Of The Way Of Strategy"

See this chapter list of Miyamoto Musashi's Hyodokyo - “The Mirror Of The Great Way Of Strategy", written as a young man between the ages of 21-24.

Forty Two Instructions On Strategy

Read Miyamoto Musashi's Hyoho Shiju Ni Kajo - "Fourty Two Instructions On Strategy" - A copy of the "Thirty Five Instructions On Strategy" supplemented by additional articles.  This text was handed down by Terao Motomenosuke, one of Musashhi's disciples.

- The Way Of Walking Alone

Read Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō - The Path Of  Walking Alone.

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