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Essence of Ninjutsu
     

Essence of Ninjutsu

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by Masaaki Hatsumi
 

Looking back almost 1,000 years, the mists of Japan's chaotic past shroud the development of a way of life, an ancient struggle waged against fierce feudal lords who ruled the island nation with swords of steel and a code of death before dishonor. The people of the mountainous regions of what is now Iga prefecture wanted to live in peace, but their lords had other

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Looking back almost 1,000 years, the mists of Japan's chaotic past shroud the development of a way of life, an ancient struggle waged against fierce feudal lords who ruled the island nation with swords of steel and a code of death before dishonor. The people of the mountainous regions of what is now Iga prefecture wanted to live in peace, but their lords had other plans-so the people learned the martial arts of self-defense and used their meager farm tools as weapons against the samurai blades of their oppressors. Nine traditions of the ninja arts grew out of this seemingly endless struggle, and legends were told of the supernatural abilities of the ninja fighters. The ninja never gained the kind of power that topples tyrants, but they gained a reputation that made tyrants cautious. And they gained the kind of power that makes the spirit endure and the mind the master of its fate. Told in actual stories of past grandmasters and in dojo lectures on techniques-with photographs, drawings, and paintings-the last surviving grandmaster of the ancient art of ninjutsu, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, presents Essence of Ninjutsu: The Nine Traditions. In it, he explains why, after more than 900 years, the art of the shadow warriors continues to inspire and serve practitioners from around the world. Dr. Hatsumi's book contains historic ninja scrolls and describes techniques for self-defense, and it debunks tricks that are attributed to the ninja but actually derive more from the circus than the martial arts. Essence of Ninjutsu is a fascinating, authoritative look at the roots of ninjutsu and how it continues to enrich the lives of its practitioners today. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is a bone doctor, artist, and writer, as well as the 34th grandmaster of the nine schools of the ninja arts in Japan. He has toured the United States in recent years to help Americans better understand the ninja and their way of life. His articles have appeared in all of the major martial arts magazines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809247240
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/1988
Edition description:
List
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
327,201
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Essence of Ninjutsu 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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this is my favorite ninja book (as in absolutely of ALL ) no stone was left unturned here. you will not walk away from reading this book with anything other than an understanding yet strong heart. 'tricks' of master exposed, real ninjutsu shown, some history, some examples of movement in the art. Dont over look pages 128-131 about proof of a real ninja grandmaster and the the nijas purpose for ranks (not for achievement, but find out why...) you cannot walk away from this book unmoved...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. It shows the true 'essence of ninjutsu' and makes it come to life. My advise to any readers is to start with some books by Mr. Stephen Hayes to get an understanding before this book. You really have to have a good understanding to 'read between the lines' and then the true meanings can be revealed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good source of information for Bujinkan students and those interested in martial arts. Gives a great deal of discussion on the true purpose and intent of martial arts in general and ninjutsu in specific. Dispels some misconceptions about ninjutsu and what it means to be ninja. I highly recommend this book, but you must read with an open mind.