The Five Rings

Ring One -- The Ground Ring | Do not think dishonestly | The Way is in training | Become acquainted with every Art | Know the Ways of all professions | Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters | Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything | Perceive those things which cannot be seen | Pay attention even to trifles | Do nothing which is of no use.

Ring Two -- The Water Ring The Five Attitudes -- Upper, Middle, Lower, Right Side, Left Side | The Five Approaches -- To the Middle, to the Upper, to the Lower, to the Left, and to the Right | Cultivate "Attitude -- No Attitude" | Hit the enemy in one timing | Decide to attack when the enemy attacks -- no design, no conception | Spring when the enemy withdraws -- The Flowing Water | Attack several places at once -- The Continuous Cut | Attack strongest where the enemy is strongest -- Fire and Stones | Knock down enemy attacks -- The Red Leaves | Cut -- do not Slash | Do not stretch your arms -- use the Chinese Monkey's body | Stick to the enemy like glue | Strive for height -- intimidate your enemy | Entangle and stick to your enemy | A stab at the face forces your enemy's spirit to wane; a stab at the heart does the same | One cut can win all

Ring Three -- The Fire Ring | Place is important -- force your enemy into bad footholds, yourself into good footholds | Dash in quickly, and bring the attack to your enemy, or... | Feign weakness and attack when your enemy exposes himself, or... | Lead the enemy about, destroying him when he is weak | Know the Times | Tread down the sword | Know about collapse | Become the enemy | Do the unexpected | Show complete calmness of spirit -- do not rush | Cause the enemy to lose his balance | Frighten the enemy | Soak into the enemy | Attack the corners | Throw the enemy into confusion | Mingle, crush and penetrate your enemy's depths | Mountains may change into the sea -- but one cannot be prepared for both.

Ring Four -- The Wind Ring | Watch and learn from other schools of thought; they are insights into your enemy's spirit.

Ring Five -- The Final Ring -- The Void | "In the void is virtue and no evil. Wisdom has existence; principle has existence; the Way has existence. Spirit is nothingness." 

Musashi, 1645

Sun-Tzu's "The Art of War"

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must seem very far away. Hold out bait to entice the enemy. Feign disorder and crush him. If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is of superior strength, evade him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. If his forces are united, separate them. Attack where he is un prepared, and appear where you are not expected.”

•Cleverness has never been associated with long delays.

•One silver foraged from the enemy is worth a gold of your own.

•The highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans; the next best is to prevent the function of the enemy's forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy in the field, and the worst is to lay siege to his walled cities.

•True excellence is to plan secretly, to move surreptitiously, to foil the enemy's intentions and balk his schemes, so that at last the day may be won without shedding a drop of blood.

•He wins battles by making no mistakes.

“If the enemy is taking his ease, harass him; if quietly encamped, force him to move; if well supplied with food, starve him out. Appear at all points the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are least expected.”

“O' divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible, and hence can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.”

•Scheme so as to discover you enemy's plans and the likelihood of their success. Rouse him and learn the principles of his activity and inactivity. Force him to reveal himself so as to find out his vulnerable spots. Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you will know where his strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.

•There are those who deal in information; there are those who deal in the concept of Truth; but some deal with magic. Information plows around you; Truth flows right at you; but magic flows right through you.

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