Miyamoto Musashi

His Life and Writings

By Kenji Tokitsu; Sherab Chodzin Kohn (Translator)
Weatherhill, Paperback, 9780834805675, 488pp.

Publication Date: June 20, 2006

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Description
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.



About the Author
Kenji Tokitsu has doctorates in sociology and in Japanese civilization. Born in Japan, he began studying martial arts as a child. In 1971 he moved to France and began teaching karate. He founded the Shaolin-mon Karate-do school in Paris in 1983 and the Tokitsu-ryu Academy in 2001. The author of Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings and Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts, he lives in France.Sherab Chodzin Kohn has been teaching Buddhism and meditation worldwide since 1973. A close student of the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, he has edited several of Trungpa Rinpoche's books. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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