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Way Of The Ninja: Secret Techniques Hardcover – Aug 10 2004

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International (Aug. 10 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: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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." -Journalof 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

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Masaaki Hatsumi is a Kodansha International author.


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Great looking book. Don't try these techniques at home. Go to a qualified Ninjutsu dojo and train with the professionals.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4b1c348) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bdb7bc) out of 5 stars The First of Three Important Books by Hatsumi Sensei Sept. 5 2005
By Danny Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is the first in a series of three important books by Hatsumi Sensei. The first two have been written and released within the last five years, the third one will be released soon.

1. The Way of the Ninja

2. Advanced Stickfighting

3. Japanese Kenjutsu

I might be wrong about the title of the third book as it has not been released, but that is the subject. These books are filled with amazing photographs and some pretty high-level concepts in the text.

These books contain secret techniques that a non-Bujinkan student may have trouble deciphering.

In any event, there is much truth and wisdom written in between the lines and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Honestly, there really aren't any other authors that are worth reading when it comes to this subject. If you want to study real ninjutsu, start with these books.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa56af198) out of 5 stars Good book Jan. 5 2005
By Mark from Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Maasaki Hatsumi is definitely the real thing (unlike Ashida Kim) and this book doesn't disappoint. It is informative and enjoyable to read. You won't be able to train or learn techniques from the book (for that, find a good instructor) but you will come away with an understanding of what Ninjitsu is and was.

Hatsumi's book is more philosphical and spiritual, focusing on the essence of this historical art. If you're looking for something on combative techniques and/or other "real-world" things, I'd recommend other books and videos on Amazon or [...]
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48eed98) out of 5 stars First Hatsumi Sensei Book Sept. 15 2004
By B. Borchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is my first purchase from Hatsumi Sensei. It was very easy reading and helpful to understand the history. After reading it I put it on my shelf for a couple of weeks and then read it again. I still found different concepts and saw the photos in a different way then the first time. I gave it four stars because it would have been nice to have some color photos inside instead of all of them being black and white.
41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48eeaec) out of 5 stars A personal philosophy on the martial art of ninjutsu March 25 2005
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Masaaki Hatsumi would have us believe that the ninja are/were an intense, inner-focused group more intent on developing their spiritual strengths and discipline than being involved in any sort of assassination or waring. He claims that the ninja opposed bloodshed of any kind, and "would avoid unnecessary conflict, and even if armed with a blade, would find a way to win without staining it."

This spiritualist portrayal of ninja is distinctly at odds with historically focused books such as Stephen R. Turnbull's "Ninja: The True Story of Japan's Secret Warrior Cult," which show the ninja as remote clans who specialized in spy work, assassination, infiltration and castle-breaking. Hatsumi's ninjas are surely not the same as Turnbull's, who's favored technique was to sneak into a castle, set the storehouses on fire, and send the castle dwellers fleeing into the waiting swords of the Samurai army.

Ah, but this is Hatsumi's book, and he obviously has enough clout to say what he likes. He is the Grandmaster of the last remaining ninja school, with accolades enough from every possible martial arts society as well as the FBI. Also, as he puts forth plainly in "The Way of the Ninja," one should not apply scientific thought to ninjas. They should be felt and experienced, not researched and reasoned about.

Although the book is subtitled "Secret Techniques," it is much more about Hatsumi's philosophy than active martial arts. The text is overflowing with his personal musings on things as varied as diet, art, the role of martial arts, personal pride and boasting, wealth, how to properly tie a ninja mask, and pretty much every other topic. His thoughts are free-form, drifting from topic to topic with little linear logic. According to the translator's note, this is very typical of Hatsumi's writing, as he feels that a reader should make discoveries on his own, rather than be told directly.

There are martial techniques in the book. Scattered about are photo-layouts showing various maneuvers. Not being a budoka myself, I am not sure how valuable these are to learning the techniques presented. I assume this is more of an introduction than an actual training manual, to give interested parties a feel to what they can learn from Hatsumi's tutelage. The photos are excellent, and I wish I could see some of them in action.

All in all, probably the most complete text available on the martial art of ninjutsu, but not something that will give insight into the historical ninja or the role they played in Japanese history. But there are other books that provide that. "The Way of the Ninja" has a unique insight, a personal touch lacking in historical text. Hatsumi is a man who has lived the life of a ninja, and preserved an intense physical lifestyle and tradition to pass onto future generations.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d63f6c) out of 5 stars Great philosophy and history, not much detail of techniques Sept. 12 2009
By C. Coscina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great introduction to the ninja way of life and thinking. However, as others have said, many of the pictures are blurry, and the sequences of techniques aren't described in significant enough detail. I still found the book a good read, but I really don't consider any of the techniques worth trying to learn, since they are just not explained in enough detail. In any technique, there are various requirements of body structure that must be upheld for the technique to be done properly, and if no teacher is present for the specific technique, it must be explained in great detail to be learnt properly.

However, if you want to get a philosophical look at ninjutsu, it is definitely a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed it overall. I decided to give it only 3 stars though, because the name "Secret Techniques" is part of the title, and I honestly feel the author could have done a better job covering such techniques if techniques was part of the title of the book. Not to say you should judge a book by its cover, but the title should have sounded more philosophical.


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