Book Review : A Book of Five Rings

“A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy” is written by Miyamoto Musashi. I have listed to the audio version of this book. Its a very short book. I thought initially this book was going to be about essence of  principles for good living, judging from the introduction chapter. In the beginning there is just an introduction to various aspects of martial arts – earth, fire, wind, water and emptiness. As I progressed through book, this seemed more like meant for people into martial arts. In a broader sense it discusses on the various mind games and also physical strategies  that one has to study and adopt during a combat. In discusses specifically about sword fight. He also says cutting opponent should not be done with force, nor it should be weak, it should be done with only the surge of the moment and nothing more.

Rating: 3/5. This is because its not meant for me. But regardless it provided insight into some combat strategies. Some of the strategies implementation will always depend on the individual.

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