The following is an excerpt from Musashi’s Dokkodo (The Way of Walking Alone), published by Stickman Publications. It is the 13th Annual USA Best Book Award Winner (philosophy category), and a finalist in the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards and 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Praise for Musashi’s Dokkodo…
“The authors have made classic samurai wisdom accessible to the modern martial artist like never before.” — Goran Powell, award winning author of Chojun and A Sudden Dawn
“It’s fascinating stuff!” — Steve Perry, New York Times bestselling author
“The precepts offer priceless advice to anyone.” — Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee
“I have been elevated to higher and deeper levels of personal and professional growth by reading this book.” — Laela Erickson, Senior Business Development Executive
“If this were merely a book by and for martial artists, it would still be interesting, but arguably not as important or even as provocative.” — Ron Breines, Certified Firearms/Self-Defense Tactical Instructor
“Takes the refreshing approach of five modern people, from different backgrounds, offering you insights into what advice can help you versus which advice will sting you.” — Marc MacYoung (nononsenseselfdefense.com)
“We should argue what Musashi meant, particularly given more modern takes on morality and ethics. Read on, and make sure to bring an open mind.” — M. Guthrie, Federal Air Marshal
Musashi, the Myth and the Man
The Truth behind the Legend
“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.” — Anne Sexton
In 1935 novelist Eiji Koshikawa (1892 – 1962) changed the martial arts world when he published his epic Musashi, a fictionalized account of the adventures of Miyamoto Musashi which was serialized in the newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The legendary swordsman was well known to practitioners of classical Japanese swordsmanship, but virtually no one had heard of Musashi beyond that fellowship. Certainly he was not the mythic figure we think we know today, one who has been portrayed in books, movies, manga, and comics to the point where he has become a household name far beyond the traditional martial arts community.
Koshikawa was a talented writer, one who ignited the imaginations of his readership. Once he created the mystique of Musashi it caught fire, growing in the same way that virtually all myths are born and developed. Suddenly Musashi was larger than life, a figure whose methods of thought, strategy, and tactics were adopted across a wide spectrum of Japanese society, especially amongst military leaders and captains of industry. They studied his ancient treatise on strategy Go Rin No Sho, intuiting relevance and meaning in modern life. Before long Musashi’s legend spread beyond the shores of Japan, making an impact on people from all walks of life all across the world. In fact, his treatise Go Rin No Sho has been translated into English at least a dozen different times where it was published under the title The Book of Five Rings and various derivations thereof.1 It has also been printed in languages as diverse as Arabic, Chinese, Greek, German, Indonesian, French, Lithuanian, Spanish, and Thai.
1 Sporting subtitles such as The Classic Guide to Strategy, A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword, and The Definitive Interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi’s Classic Book of Strategy, among many, many others.