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Ninjutsu: The Secret Art of the Ninja Paperback – May 28, 2008
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language is simple and facts are presented in a straight forward manner.Highly recommended
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Explained very good,anybody should be able to grasp via photos,and written words.For those not in the know,another piece of the mosiac puzzle on the art of Ninjutsu. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Basically, an excellent re-write of the Tenchijin Ryaku No Maki. As stated earlier, I usually only by Soke Hatsumi's books; but, this one came highly recommended by my Sensei. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Long Drink Of Silence
This book is outdated a bit over complicated the best thing about this book is the philosophy thats it you probably wont survive a real fight unless you study this for years .Published on July 5, 2011 by CombatKing255
I have practiced Taekwondo for nine years and earned my first degree black belt after the first five years of my training. Read morePublished on July 3, 2011 by Neogothamknight