Shadowhand : The History and Secrets of Ninja Taisavaki

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"Avoid being seen; seen, avoid capture; captured, avoid being held." This was the credo of the shinobi ninja of medieval Japan, and the strategy and skills required to accomplish this ideal were known as taisavaki-jutsu - the art of avoidance or, more simply, "the shadowhand." Through this careful study of these ninja shadow-masters, including in-depth discussion of the nine training halls of ninjutsu, the basics of human sight and the quest for invisibility, the serious martial artist gains an appreciation of the devastating techniques of
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"Avoid being seen; seen, avoid capture; captured, avoid being held." This was the credo of the shinobi ninja of medieval Japan, and the strategy and skills required to accomplish this ideal were known as taisavaki-jutsu - the art of avoidance or, more simply, "the shadowhand." Through this careful study of these ninja shadow-masters, including in-depth discussion of the nine training halls of ninjutsu, the basics of human sight and the quest for invisibility, the serious martial artist gains an appreciation of the devastating techniques of stealth, secrecy and subterfuge they collected, honed and practiced in order to strike down their enemies. The second half of the book shows the modern shadowhander how to apply the strategies and techniques of ninja taisavaki, including ukemi methods of movement used to disguise intention, and strikes, kicks, combinations and grappling techniques used to misdirect the enemy's attention.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781581600711
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The Upperhand of Shadowhand
Part I Appreciation: Masters in the Shadows
Chapter 1 - Shadow Walkers
Chapter 2 - The Ninja Shadowhand
Origins of the Ninja
The Myth
The Fact
The Nine Training Halls of Ninjutsu
Unarmed Combat
Combat with Wooden Weapons
Combat with Blade Weapons
Combat with Flexible Weapons
Specialized Combat Training
The Art of Disguise
The Art of Espionage
The Art of Escape and Evasion
The Art of Mysticism
Chapter 3 - Taisavaki-jutsu (Art of Avoidance)
Chapter 4 - The Basics of Seeing
The Three We See
Movement
Shadow, Shape, and Silhouette
Color
To See or Not to See
Field of Vision
Line of Sight
Peripheral Vision
Uncommon "Sense"
Physical Blind Spots
Warnings FLAGS
Object Fixedness
The Straw Man
Chapter 5 - The Quest for Invisibility
Invisibility in Western Tradition
The Shadow Knows!
Modern Accounts of Invisibility
Invisibility in Eastern Tradition
Indian Invisibility Techniques
The Anahata Chakra
The Mahashunya
Shinobi Ninja Invisibility
Explanations for Invisibility
Physical Explanations
Scientific Explanations
The Physical Explanation
Invisibility Versus Shadowhand
Part II Application: Mastering the Shadowhand
Chapter 6 - The Strategy of The Shadowhand
Disguising Intention
Attitude
Masking Your Wa
Approach
Attack!
Ukemi (Methods of Movement)
Forward Diagonal Step
Half-Moon Step
Over-the-Fence Pivot
Chinese Shift
Horse-Stance Shift
The Duck
Chinese Squat
Arch escape
Misdirecting Attention
Chapter 7 - The Techniques of the Shadowhand
Daikentaijutsu (Striking)
The Collapsing Principle
Striking with the Hands
Striking Inside
The Rising Sun
Shadowhand Combinations
Low Blows
Arch-Escape Striking
Striking with the Feet
Kicks and the Collapsing Principle
Hidden Kicks
Additional Unarmed Strikes
The Turtle's Head
Forearm Blows
The Short Wing
Shoulder
Head Butt
Hips
Shin
Jutaijutsu (Grappling)
Hidden Sweeps
Hidden Throws
Kobudo-Jutsu (Weapons Use)
Shadow Weapons
Conclusion The "Perfect" Weapon
Bibliography
Index Glossary of Schools, Strategies, and Techniques
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  • Anonymous

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    Great Book

    I am reading this book and find it to go with Dr. Masaaki Sensei's book 'Ninjutsu: History and Tradition. It deals specially to Taijutsu and how to learn from yourself and develop a spiritual self-defense. This is areas that one needs to concentrate on before moving on to other areas of training.

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