True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (An Authentic Ninja Training Manual)

True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (An Authentic Ninja Training Manual)

by Antony Cummins
     
 

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True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki—the famous 17th century ninjutsu manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, author of the most comprehensive modern Japanese version of the Shoninki, thus making this English translation the closest to the

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True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki—the famous 17th century ninjutsu manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, author of the most comprehensive modern Japanese version of the Shoninki, thus making this English translation the closest to the original scrolls. The information and insights found in this translation are invaluable for understanding the skills, techniques and mentality of the historical shinobi. Whether it involved tips for surviving in the wild, advice on intelligence-gathering techniques, or methods for creating chaos in the enemy camp, this ninja book unveils secrets long lost. Along with its practical applications, this book is an important guide to the mental discipline that ninjas must have to ensure success in accomplishing their mission.

In addition to the translation of the Shoninki, this book also includes the first written record of the oral tradition "Defense Against a Ninja" taught by Otake Risuke, the revered sensei of the legendary Katori Shinto Ryu school of swordsmanship. Sensei reveals for the first time these ancient and traditional teachings on how the samurai can protect himself from the cunning wiles of a ninja.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...the most excellent masterpiece of all the manuscripts on ninjutsu that have ever been written." —Otake Risuke, Katori Shinto Ryu, Head Teaching Master, from his foreword

"...every time you reread this book you will obtain a new perspective." —Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, Translator of the Shoninki into modern Japanese

"...the first definitive English-language translation of the "Shoninki." —Metropolis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784805311141
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
03/10/2011
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
912,572
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Antony Cummins is a world-renowned Ninja historian. His background as an archaeologist gives him unique insight into the mysterious world of the historical Ninja and Samurai. Cummins' works include translations of the most authentic Ninja documents available to modern researchers and readers. He is the author of several books on Ninja and Japanese warfare, including: Samurai and Ninja, The Book of Ninja, Iga and Koka Ninja Skills, The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi, In Search of the Ninja, Samurai War Stories and The Book of Samurai.

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