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About the Author

Simon Yeo has trained in martial arts for more than 30 years and has practiced Judo, Kyokushin Karate, Tai Chi, Pk Mei King Fu, Tae Kwon Do, traditional Jiu Jitsu, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has studied Bujinkan Ninjutsu under the Ninja Grand Master, Masaaki Hatsumi, and holds a 10th degree black belt in this art.   
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861269382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861269386
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From a students point of view,this book can be described as an excellent text book outlining the fundamentals /core techniques of Bujinkan style ninjutsu.
language is simple and facts are presented in a straight forward manner.Highly recommended
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I usually only buy Soke Hatsumi's books but I decided to check this out. It's a great book with lots of details to help beginners and advanced students through not just basic techniques but a lot of the things that can't be explained with pictures alone. Things like the proper attitude and mindset for training are covered. Highly recommended!
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I have studied Kendo, Aikido, and Chin na kung fu. With that said; the techniques in this book are incredibly efficient. I highly reccomend it to anyone, though some of the concepts may be difficult to grasp if you are a beginner. Definately, definately worth the price.
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This is a must have for the ninja library.

Why?

Many ninja books spend the first few chapters telling you about the history of the ninja and the Ryu and the things that a ninja was classically trained in. While that is good information - this book doesn't waste your time repeating what everyone else tells you about.

This book was useful to me in three ways.
1. It had an emphasis on the spiritual and personal development of ninjutsu. This is a subject sorely lacking in all martial arts books - especially in Ninjutsu because its not a straight cross over to Zen Buddhism... Plus its put in plain english, in modern application and terms, so you're not left guessing how to interpret the instruction.

2. This book debunks the stretching mythos and gives some good advice on how to improve flexibility and the why's and hows of why one method works over the other. It was good to see a book that was not afraid to go away from what everyone else says and stand out.

3. This is a book - so when a physical technique is described its hard to get the sense of how to do it. This book goes to great length to describe a technique in detail and then show you the pictures. It also tells you what to look out for when you are performing the said technique.

This book is written from a Bujinkan perspective but is useful for any Ninjutsu practitioner. This is a book that I would recommend to add to your collection! A must read.

Michael
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This is one of the many good books on the subject of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Ninjutsu etc.). I recommend this book for beginner and advanced in this versatile art. Hatsumi Sensei's teachings have varied (nature of the art) and he has teached to many Shihan the art individually. It is wise to learn from as many teacher as you can so you can receive all those parts of the bigger picture (puzzle). This book is surely a very important piece to gather as information so crucial for any martial artist. The basics are pretty well explained. The picture series are a bit out of line with text sometimes but that is not a problem if you follow the text. I warmly recommend this book and wish the author lots of Gambatte ;D. I wish the author to write more books!
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Having taken some classes everything I have read seems right on. But it makes it much more understandable. I need simple.
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By Raj on February 12, 2011
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This is a great book whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner (or even if you don't study ninjutsu). I think it would help someone who does't quite know what the art of ninjutsu comprises of to get a flavour of what we learn before they decide to start taking lessons. I found it a lot easier to understand than some of Hatsumi's books (they are also excellent though). It is a brilliant reference book to look at after a training session. Its excellently priced and has lots of information! Definitely a very good buy!
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Having been involved in a few martial arts for most of my life and then finally graduating to ninjitsu this would be the best introductory book that Ive read by far.
Its clear and concise with excellent photography and explanatory text.
For those starting out I would recommend it over the grand masters books. Save those for later as you progress throught he grades.
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