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A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
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Recommended for: anyone with a hardcore interest in exploring the warrior aesthetic

Unlike Sun Tzu, this is a very cryptic and almost a purist's philosophical text. Very introspective in nature.

It is infinitely easier to comprehend and process (or at least begin to) with at least a basic understanding of the Kendo martial art before going into it... the psychological disciplines involved moreso than the actual swordsman techniques, though knowledge of both seems like an obvious requirement as some of the examples assume the reader knows how the mind & body flows through certain sword movements.

If one of the following applies to you, it will completely go over your head:
1) You have a politically-correct-knee-jerk-reaction to anything that is pro-warfare
2) You have a morbid fear of the concept of hermitage
3) You're one of those "martial artists" that trains just to feel "tough" about yourself

oh, and skip the intro... read a bio about Musashi somewhere else if need be, but skip it. It is so nullifying (and littered with inaccuracies) that you will need to step away from the book for at least a few hours before feeling purged and fresh again.
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