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Musashi's Book of Five Rings
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Stephen F. Kaufman, Hanshi, 10th Dan, is the holder of the highest title and rank attainable in the martial arts. His martial system, Hebi-ryu ("School of the Snake"), is recognized as one of the most effective martial methods in the world. A career spanning close to 60 years began in Okinawa in the 1950's. He's acknowledged as the "founding father" of American karate and has received countless awards and honors, including an induction into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Author of the Year in 2011. Kaufman has authored and interpreted many martial arts titles including The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Way of the Modern Warrior, and The Shogun's Scroll, all available from Tuttle Publishing.

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"Finally, someone has interpreted this classic book specifically for the martial artist as it was originally intended." -Inside Kung-Fu "...Kaufman does an excellent job of translating the text." -Dr. Henry Smith, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University "There was a time when I was reading this book before all my major competition. It focused my mind on the conceptual behind skill development and application. If you have the ability to understand concepts and apply them to your interests, this book is for you." -BJJ Canvas "One of the most knowledgeable men I've ever spoken with. He's like a university professor with a New York edge." - Master Mark Liverio, Founder of Willow-Oak Martial Arts, FL "Kaufman does a superb job of translating ancient Japanese to modern English while still maintaining the original mindset and teachings." -Shihan Dana Abbott "Kaufman's interpretation is the only translation / interpretation that I have been able to use 'in the field' specifically to enhance the 'frame of mind' of the athletes I coach before the ultimate testing ground; competition." -Haydn Ellis, Sydney, Australia "Kaufman Hanshi has gone beyond the simple idea of translating the books, and instead works as the interpreter, speaking specifically to the martial artists out there." -Martial Thoughts blog

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