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The Book Of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi - Book Club Episode 1

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The Book Of Five Rings By Miyamoto Musashi - Book Club Episode 1

Training in martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Judo, wrestling, & Muay Thai is my outlet for improving my mental health and becoming a better person.



 On this thirty-ninth episode of the show, I have a book club discussion about the Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi with my friend Ryan Culbertson-Faegre. Ryan is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who appeared on the podcast before in episode #8. 

On this episode, Ryan and I discuss the Book of Five Rings and also Miyamoto Musashi's other philosophical works. We share our takeaways from studying Musashi's philosophy and how it is useful on and off the modern day Jiu-Jitsu mats.

There are stark differences between ancient Samurai Jujitsu and Kenjitsu and BJJ today. Ancient Jujitsu involved the use of weapons moreso than unarmed combat. When duels were to the death, the Samurai had to be experts in finishing opponents using their skill before their opponent had a chance to skewer them.

Miyamoto Musashi was perhaps the greatest Samurai of all time. He was undefeated in single combat across sixty-one recorded duels. He fought for Samurai lords and dedicated his life to the way of the sword.

In the Book of Five Rings, Musashi discusses how he believes that all ways are contained in the one "way" of all things. By studying in "the way", we can master ourselves and create intense self discipline.

In this episode, Ryan and I talk about the intensity of the discipline of Musashi. In his philosophical works, Musashi discusses the character traits that he believes must be cultivated. Ryan breaks down each of these traits and why they show the true character of Musashi. 

In the Book of Five Rings, Musashi displays an understanding of esoteric philosophy and advanced Zen mastery. He is a master artist, writer, thinking, and swordsmen unlike any in his time before or since. 

Listen to this episode to gain a greater understanding of the Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi and how his philosophy can apply to your life. 

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The information in this episode should NOT be considered medical advice but instead educational information. If you are struggling with your mental health and you want to speak with a professional therapist, I recommend Talkspace... This is the therapy service that worked for me when I was at my darkest moments in life and dealing with panic attacks everyday.