The Book of 5 Rings Gorin No Sho the Greatest Samurai : The accurate, unabridged translation Musashi speaks! Starting at 13 years old, Musashi fought over 60 life and death battles - never losing! Gorin No Sho - The Book of 5 Rings outlines the fundamentals of Kendo and marital training as proven successful in actual combat by Japan's Greatest Samurai - Musashi Miyamoto. You will readily understand how these strategies are useful for business, sports, and virtually any competitive situation. From black spots, to rhythms, to positioning, to psyching your opponent out and dozens more - you will learn practical strategies to win. This is a great audiobook for anybody interested in martial arts, competitive strategy, Samurai and their training and ethics, Japan, Japanese culture, Oriental culture and philosophy, and especially the Samurai and Bushido. This is especially helpful for martial artists in understanding the mental aspects of training and strategy in fighting. Once you read this book you will know where Bruce Lee developed most of his fighting philosophy and style from. Pay careful attention to the water and fire chapter and you will see it is similar to what Bruce Lee spoke of - except this was written in 1643 - 300 years before Bruce Lee was born. The strategies in The Book of 5 Rings can be applied to all challenges and conflicts of life. Based upon the to the death duels Musashi fought, knowledge gained from his samurai father warrior, and almost 20 years of study and reflection solely on martial strategy Musashi produced the most useful book ever made for one to one individual combat and a very useful book for group combat. This audiobook explains practical combat theories, training, and execution. It is an original translation and absolutely unique - IT IS ACCURATELY AND MINIMALLY INTERPRETED! We have looked at the other translations available and can say that most of them are abridged (even though they do not admit it) and are highly interpretive (read opinions of the translator / author added to the material - not from Musashi - how do you know what he actually wrote in these cases?) Martial Strategist’s translation is so accurate (we translated from a copy of the original 1645 manuscript that Musashi wrote) that we did very minimal correction/interpretation of the grammatical and verbal differences between these two very different languages, worlds, and ages in changing it to modern English. The result is an audiobook that is often grammatically incorrect in English, but much more vivid and accurate. Actually, the irony of this is that this translation is much less abstract than others. Because we did not worry about trying to rephrase things to make it pass the English teacher's inspection, we were able to maintain the direct, specific language and meaning that Musashi imparted. If you are a stickler for proper English, you may not enjoy this audiobook, however if you want to get the true text and meaning that Musashi wrote and are willing to listen to a few things a couple of times we are sure that you will be very pleased with this version. This is the only truly unabridged audiobook CD version available of this classic master work. It is complete, clear, and enjoyable. It is a quality production recorded in 2005 with music and sound effects. This audiobook has a real actor and is performed in a manner that is easy to understand and entertaining. It is a concise and accurate translation with the actor clearly and comprehensively articulating the text. It is not dry and boring as some other versions are. It has some levity in appropriate places. 2 Compact Disks: approx 1 hour 50 minutes running time. CONTENTS include The Ground Chapter, The Water Chapter, The Fire Chapter, The Wind Chapter, The Ku / Sky Chapter. Gorin No Sho - The Book of 5 Rings you can understand and integrate the principles of winning into your life. This audiobook is energizing, informative, entertaining and very
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