The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art

The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art

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by Stephen K. Hayes
     
 

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Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural

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Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural powers because of the near-invincibility of their unique and deadly art. In The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art, Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, reveals the secrets that lead to the perception of the ninja as warriors of almost sorcerous skill—the art of invisibility, special tools and weapons, and psychological training enabling the ninja to gain advantage in any situation.

Chapters include:

  • Perspective—Origin; Organization; Training; At the Height of Power; The Decline; Ninjutsu in the Modern World
  • Search for the Ninja
  • Unarmed Combat—The Ninja Fists; Fighting Postures; Other Factors
  • Weaponry—Chains and Cords; Sticks and Staffs; Canes with Concealed Weapons; The Ninja Sword; Throwing Blades
  • The Way of Invisibility—Sense Deception; Phantom Steps; Reconnaissance; Blending with the Night; Attacking the Eyes; The Art of Disguise
  • Shadow Warriors—Espionage; Commando Tactics
  • The Realm of the Spirit—Psychological Warfare; The Force of the Killer; The Great Harmony

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From the Publisher
"Stephen K. Hayes [is] the acknowledged 'Father of American Ninjutsu."—Inside Kung Fu

"Those trained in the art of ninjutsu are said to be able to run up trees, to cling to the ceiling and to be able to snatch a sword from the hand of a samurai as he attacks. These are not myths; they have a basis in fact, and Hayes has researched their origin."—Black belt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804816564
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/1990
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
604,481
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen K. Hayes has spent over one-third of his life practicing and teaching the Oriental fighting arts. He is the first American ever accepted as a personal student by the master of the last historically unbroken ninjutsu tradition in Japan. Stephen K. Hayes, called the "Father of American Ninjutsu" by Inside Kung Fu wrote this classic.

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Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like a BOSS!
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Kagebushin no Jitsu!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
if you are looking for a very basic intro for this interesting subject the author does an excellent job of presenting the info in a flowing, easy to read manner.if you are looking for a manual of actual techniques to practice you will need to look elsewhere.I think I may have to purchase some of his other books. a nice book though-read it in 2 hours.!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is good for beginners. I recommened it for those who are intersted in ninjutsu, yet never read or know anything about ninjutsu. It'll make an exellent addition to your ninjutsu collection whether you just want to read, or practice it like myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
filled with historically accurate weapons and methods, uniqu among the books by authentic ninjutsu instructors. read other hayes books though, there is more to ninpo (ninjutsu) than technical items. seek not only the imovable body but an imovable spirit as well.
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awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells the history of the very misunderstood art of ninjutsu. It also gives the reader an explination of some of the more common weapons, fighting techniques, and stances. It also informs the reader of the some of the mental and philosophical aspects of the art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher of Aikido, I have gained a new respect for this 'rival' art of Ninjitsu.