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The Five Rings

( 1 ) The Earth

Preparation

Building The House

(2) The Water

Adaptation
2 Heavens, One style

(3) The Fire

Strategy
H
eat of Battle

(4) The Wind

Respect what will fail
Become the Opponent

(5) The Emptiness

Know what can't be seen
Correct Mind

Gemini Life Cycling's Five Rings is an approach to training and competing modeled from The Book of Five Rings written by undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi (五輪書 Go Rin No Sho ) circa 1645. The ‘Five Rings’ Mushashi describes are his manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy and winning, and are among the most salient texts on strategic thinking ever to come out of Asia.


I read The Book of Five Rings during a time of rehabilitation and quickly saw the dynamic transferability of Mushashi’s principles into the art of bike racing, and the remarkable similarities samurai have with their sword to that of rider and bicycle.

In their simplest form the Five Rings are a highly effective approach for gaining advantage in preparation, training and racing.  In a deeper sense they are an ongoing art in discipline toward mindful riding and racing, rather than just physical and technical prowess.