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The Book of Five Rings

Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Categories: Classics, Nonfiction
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The Book of Five Rings is a text on Kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi around 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists and people across East Asia: For instance, some foreign business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work in a business context.  

Musashi establishes a "no-nonsense" theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one's opponent. He also continually makes the point that the understandings expressed in the book are important for combat on any scale, whether a one-on-one duel or a massive battle.

Public Domain (P)2018 Flaneur Media

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Art of Strategy

A written in 1643 by a samurai warrior..undefeated and providing his tactics to win.
There are many philosophies in the text that could be directed towards life in general, business, warfare and self defense.
Considering how long ago this was written it is amazing how well it is translated and could be applied to aspects of life.
The narrator did a fantastic job, I believe I would have had a difficult time understanding all of the text if it had not been narrated.
I’m not involved in martial arts, I’m into yoga, and there are aspects that could be used in the aspect of yoga...not a lot, it some

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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The master swordsman

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book going in, but It surprised me in a good way. Musashi goes into detail about fencing and the strategy required to win. I’m definitely going to read this again.

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A great way to learn about Musashi's philosophy

Who would've thought something written over three hundred years ago and in halfway across the world would still be applicable and relevant today. Learning the inner philosophy of a wandering samurai from the 1600s was very interesting, and illuminating on ways you could easily put this forth today. I can see why people have used these tactics in business now and days and not just in strategy for martial arts. I love the way the books are laid out and the well-rounded strategy to tackling success that is laid out (water and wind are the two things I would try and work on it myself).

The narration by Roberto Scarlato is pretty good and he speaks very clearly and concisely while making it all seem like an almost lecture where we are learning from this text. I think this is something that can be applied to tackling any competitive environment in life from martial arts to business, and it is still as relevant now as when it was written.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review