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The Complete Musashi


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Alex Bennett has two doctoral degrees in Japanese literature and history from Kyoto University and the University of Canterbury (NZ). He is a professor in Japanese history, martial arts and Budo theory at Kansai University. He is Vice President of the International Naginata Federation, International Committee Member of the All Japan Kendo Federation, Director of the Japanese Academy of Budo, and he is Head Coach of the NZ Kendo national team. He co-founded and publishes Kendo World, the first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds black belts in several martial arts-Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. His published works include Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide and Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.


"The classic text on the code of the warrior by legendary samurai Musashi (1584-1645) has been newly and artfully translated by Bennett...In an informative introduction, Bennett takes great care to separate the myths from the known facts of Musashi's life, while covering Japanese history and Musashi's daring exploits...Bennett also addresses the samurai's lasting influence...Extensive footnotes offer illumination on topics ranging from the fragility of weapons in combat to the shades of meaning in ideograms. Color illustrations enhance this superb new edition of a classic, an evident labor of love." - Publishers Weekly
"Dr. Bennett possesses a profound knowledge of, and deep insight into, the world of Japanese bushido. This expertise has been enhanced by his extensive practical experience of the traditional martial arts of Japan, and his proficiency in this domain is highly acclaimed." - Tetsuo Yamaori, former Director of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies
"This is a very good edition of this important document, made more valuable by the lengthy introduction and the inclusion of all six of the works currently attributed to Miyamoto Musashi, which allow us to see how his views developed, and places the famous Book of Five Rings into the context of his life." - History of War blog

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