An interesting book Lots of good info if you are interested in Japanese tactics and sword fighting Not a book to be read in a day or two though Chew it over a bit I found this book during one of my little trips in a secondhand bookstore Since I m exploring a new genre I picked it read few pages and thought this is the kind of book which will make. It is no accident that the age of the great Japanese swordsmen coincided with that country's transition from a loose group of warrior states to a stable nation As you will discover in The Sword the Mind this pivotal seventeenth century how to guide for the swordsman is also a penetrating philosophical and psychological treatise on strategy Yagyu Munenori's step by step instructions for positioning striking with one and two swords and defending oneself against an opponent can be.
You learn something that you will remember for a long long time I m not well versed with martial arts but the part here about the mind gave me few days of good munching I picked this book up some time ago out of curiosity It is about techniues and philosophy from the Shinkage school of swordsmanship This book itself was translated by Hiroaki Sato Applied with eual success to many types of conflict from sword fight to political struggle to business competitionThe techniues and disciplines presented in this classic of tactical and strategic wisdom were developed and refined by three of Japan's greatest swordsman Kamiizumi Hidetsuna 1508 1577 who founded the Shinkage school of swordsmanship; his greatest student Yagyu Muneyoshi 1529 1606 who further perfected many of Hidetsuna's techniues; and Muneyoshi's son Munenori 1571.
He original was written by Yagyu Munenori in the 17th century It has three basic categories 1 Historical context and introduction written by Hiroaki Sato along with translation footnotes 2 A list of techniues with instructions and illustrations cr Great history section including lineage and numerous footnotes explaining various terms and references. 1646 who set down this timeless masterpiece to be passed on from teacher to studentIn this exuisite translation PEN translation award winner Hiroaki Sato brings the legacy of these three superior swordsmen to the modern Western reader With than 25 black and white illustrations glossary chronology bibliography and comprehensive annotations The Sword the Mind illuminates the lives and times of the three masters as well as the cultural and philosophical landscape in which they live.