I recently finished reading the book called The Book of Five Rings written by Miyamoto Musashi and translated by William Scott Wilson. This book was written many years ago on how to win in the martial arts. It specifically focuses on the Two HeaveENCL01_fiverings_lns sword style. Miyamoto Musashi won every battle he ever fought with his sword, so he wrote down how he always won in battle and how to do it. Here is the summary I wrote on the book.

Miyamoto Musashi touches on some important points when fighting one or multiple opponents. First of all when using this type of martial arts, you are using two swords. One of the swords is a short sword, the other sword is a long sword. There are nine basic rules to using these swords correctly.

The first rule is to think without any dishonesty. This means that you should only think about the things that you can do, and do not think lies about yourself, your skill level, or your opponent. The second rule is to forge yourself in the Way. The Way is the Two Heavens sword style. To use this style, you have to actually want it and try very hard to prosper and learn.

The third rule is to touch upon all of the arts. This means that you should learn at least a little bit of every sword style. You should do this because you should be prepared for any opponent using any type of martial arts. The fourth rule is to know the ways of all occupations. This is similar to rule three, except this is talking about weapons other than swords.

The fifth rule is to know the advantages and disadvantages of everything. This is saying that you have to know which form of offense or defense works the best and which one does not work as well. The fifth rule is very important. The sixth rule is to develop an intuitive judgement and understanding for everything. The rule means that you should use judgement without even having to think of it.

The seventh rule is to understand what cannot be seen by the eye. Sometimes attacks can be thrown at you from where you cannot see them. You have to be ready for them, even if you are not looking at the weapon or the attacker. The eighth rule is to pay attention to even small things. These small things that your opponent does can lead to bigger things which could cause your defeat. The final rule is to not involve yourself with the impractical. This rule means that you should not do anything that is unnecessary. Every single thing you do in a fight should do damage to your opponent.

I thought that overall, this deserves a 6.5 rating out of 10. The reason I gave the book this rating is because the book talks about a martial arts I do not plan on taking and it goes in depth on the stances and attacks using swords, which I do not use. I would recommend this book to high schoolers who are interested in this topic. Overall, the book was interesting and I think I may have learned a few things from it.

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