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The Book of Five Rings

The Japanese classic on strategy


The Book of Five Rings - Gorin No Sho -The Book of Five Rings - Gorin No Sho - is the most important strategy treaty of the samurai. Its author, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), is considered the most famous samurai of all time. During his time, he won against famous schools

and won against formidable opponents, positioning himself as an unbeatable warrior. He fought over 60 duels, was present in many battles and was never beaten.

He created Niten Ichi Ryu, one of the most famous styles of Kenjutsu, the art of swordsmanship, specially known for its simultaneous use of two swords. At the end of his life, Miyamoto Musashi isolated himself in a remote cave and wrote Gorin No Sho, leaving to his disciples his strategy and wisdom, acquired through a life dedicated to technical and spiritual enhancement.

Ten generations of disciples later, the definitive edition of Gorin No Sho translated to Portuguese arrives in Brazil. The book has Jorge Kishikawa as a technical reviser, who is also Niten Ichi Ryu pioneer in Brazil and the first westerner to achieve Menkyo Kaiden, the highest grade in the style.

The greatest master of Niten Ichi Ryu in recent years, Shihan Gosho Motorahu, wrote the book's introduction. Shihan Gosho Motoharo is the representative master of the ninth generation, and practiced the style for more than five decades, a whole life dedicated to the comprehension and transmission of Miyamoto Musashi's teachings.

This is the biggest difference between this and other editions of Gorin No Sho previously published. For the first time in Brazil ( and also in the West ), this book is brought to us by people who have practiced in Musashi's style, who make of their practice their path to enhancement, something that is strongly emphasized by the author in his text.

The books was masterfully translated directly from the original in Japanese by Dirce Miyamura, known for her work at Fundação Japão. This edition is presented in bilingual format, with the original text included.

To make this the biggest and most elaborate edition of Gorin No Sho ever published, Hokusai illustrations, famous painter from Japan, are included. The beautiful illustrations of this great artist match perfectly with the energetic and profound text of the great Samurai.

Gorin No Sho - The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi

Revision and Introduction:
Sensei Jorge Kishikawa Kendoonline Books 377 pages
Translation: Dirce Miyamura
Conrad Editor, Brazil, 2006

Sensei receives teachings from Shihan Gosho Motoharu.

Shihan Gosho Motoharu at the foreground.

Shihan Gosho Motoharu explains kakejikus about Musashi Sensei.

Sensei training with Shihan Gosho Motoharu.

Sensei at the monument of one of the most famous fights of Musashi Sensei

Sensei being taught in Niten Ichi Ryu by Shihan Gosho Motoharu.