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

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True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki—the famous 17th century ninja training 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 ninja. Whether ...

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Overview

True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki—the famous 17th century ninja training 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 ninja. Whether it involved tips for surviving in the wild, advice on intelligence-gathering techniques, or methods for creating chaos in the enemy camp, the True Path of the Ninja unveils secrets long lost. Along with its practical applications, this book is an important guide to the mental discipline that a ninja 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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"...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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805311141
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 472,686
  • 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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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    WoW, this book is full of info!!!

    When I first started looking for a book on Ninja, and ancient shinobi practices, I was extremely skeptical of the texts i found. Some claimed to be the lost teachings if the koga, or whatever, and very few claimed to be literary translations of the bansenshukai, or shoninki. After Reading everything i could find about this book i discovered it was a literary translation of the shoninki. I bought it for my ipad, and haven't been able to put it down. It's one of the most comprehensive books on the shinobi from ancient japan I've ever read. It details the mindset of ancient ninja, and what their lives were like, and it stays as true to the original japanese as an english trainslation can. Towards the end of each chapter, the translator goes back through the chapter and covers the things he missed, and at the beginning of the chapters he outlines what the particular chapter is about.

    From what I understand, the text is a translation of a work put together in the 1600's by Natori Hasazumi. He wasn't a member of the koga, or iga ninja clans, (his clan was formed after the massive purging of ninja in japan by Toyatomi Ieyasu) But this tome highlights everything the two clans shared. Hasazumi does his best to stay true to the bansenshukai (used by both iga and koga), and the english translator does his best to stay true to the original japanese.

    This is a must read for any Ninja enthusiast.

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