Go Rin No Sho, Book of 5 rings



Miyamoto Musashi, one of Japan's great samurai sword masters, has 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 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'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.



The Ground Book

The Water Book

The Fire Book

The Wind Book

The Book of Void

Living Karate - Sydney Matsubayashi Ryu