Book Reviews

The Book of Five Rings

Originally written by Miyamoto Musashi in 1643, this translation by Thomas Cleary is a pleasure to read. The book also includes the translation of the The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Menenori.

Zen in the Martial Arts

Interesting walk down memory lane filed with valuable lessons and incites to martial arts as seen through author Joe Hyams.

Chronicles of Tao

A compilation of three shorter books by Deng Ming-Dao that fictionalize the life journey of Kwan Saihung. Chronicles has one foot in reality and the other in fantasy. The journey is wonderfully narrated including metaphors and parables to help convey the lessons Saihung learned during his martial arts adventure.

The Life Giving Sword

The Life-Giving Sword is much like The Book of Five Rings in that it is a collection of instructional texts for the ancient Japanese swordsman. It was written by great Japanese swordsman a Yagyu Munenori who served Japanese royalty, who was also the rival of Miyamoto Musashi who authored The Book of Five Rings. Exploring Munenori's text is intringuing in contrast to Musashi.

The Zen Way to the Martial Arts

Does one need to be spiritual to be a martial artist? Today many would say no because martial arts has become more of a sport than a path to spirituality. I wonder, however, how many of us embrace the way our training influences our lives, our souls.

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