- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International (Sept. 15 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770028059
- ISBN-13: 978-4770028051
- Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 816 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Way of the Ninja: Secret Techniques Hardcover – Sep 15 2004
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"The book itself is a kin do ‘secret document’ with many hidden teachings in the from of metaphors or explanations that contain obscure meanings. …This is no oversight. Hatsumi intentionally did this as a way to get the reader to ponder the techniques more deeply. Almost like a Zen koan." —Journal of Asian Martial Arts
"Through perceptive observations and many detailed pictures, Dr. Hatsumi reveals the hidden reality behind this mysterious and fascinating martial art. The Way of the Ninja will help widen readers’ perceptions and deepen their understanding of two essential principles. One is that Ninjutsu is the very back bone of the martial arts; the other, that Ninjutsu reveals their true spiritual significance. —Cultral News
"…no stunts: They’re the real thing!" —Asian Week
About the Author
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he found his life’s mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years, becoming 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ry? Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as law enforcement agencies, he received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, and as the author of many books on Ninjutsu, was for many years Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists’ Club.
Ben Jones: After winning a scholarship to Oxford University to study Japanese, he moved to Japan and trained in the Bujinkan, interpreting for Dr. Hatsumi at seminars around the world. Former head of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting’s Japanese Network, he now runs a successful translation and typesetting business from his home in Kent, UK.
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That being said - I have no problem with that lack of "clarity" anyway. It's not a good idea to teach martial arts from books - they should be taught by a qualified and experienced instructor. This comment is especially true for martial arts associated with weapons - where considerable damage can be done if techniques are not applied correctly, or if students are misguided. No martial arts instructor wants to see their students go off and become "assassins" for hire. At least ... no instructor that espouses higher goals wants to do this.
I would also add that some techniques shown in the book push the boundaries of credibility. Can an unarmed Ninja really face - and disarm - multiple swordsmen ... while being unarmed himself? Really??? I would be highly skeptical - your chances of getting cut to pieces are enormously high. Still, I always try to keep an open mind - and if any of the Ninjutsu practitioners are that good - I regret not seeing it in person just one time in my life :-) But in other words - be very careful believeing too much in all the ideas shown in this book.
So let's get to the important stuff. What is clear is that Masaaki Hatsumi is a deeply spiritual person. It is the opening pages of his book that really spell out the guiding philosophy for his own approach to the martial arts. And what emerges is a very fine picture of a man who has dedicated himself to a great and noble purpose. That is his ultimate accomplishment with this book - and that's why it's worth having on your bookshelf!
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