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Dr. Morris is an eighth dan shidoshi in Togakure Ryu Bujinkan Ninpo, a martial lineage that has existed unbroken since the eleventh century, a six dan black belt in Nihon Karate Jujutsu, and a master instructor of esoteric meditation. He is vice-president of Pacific Biotech International of Houston, Texas, a research and development company, as well as Dean of General Academics in Eurotechnical Research University.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books; First edition. edition (October 6, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556431570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556431579
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Before you consider buying this book, there are a couple of things you should know. First, "Path Notes" is not a book about becoming a ninja. Second, this book does not contain any pictures of "flying" ninjas, "invisible" ninjas, or even pictures of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope summoning "The Majick Ninjas!" The book isn't about ninjutsu at all, so if you are looking for a training manual, look elsewhere. And if you DO look elsewhere, I would suggest that you stay away from the drivel produced by posers like Haha Lung, Ashida Kim, or Jay Sensei. Instead, look for books authored by actual practicioners like Masaaki Hatsumi, Stephen Hayes, or, if the chinese arts are your preference, try the excellent works of Yang Jwing-Ming.
Ok, now on to what this book really IS about.
This book is about chi.
This book is about chakras.
This book is about enlightenment, and how one man found it.
So, if you don't believe in any of those things, then I can't recommend this book to you. If, however, you haven't made up your mind yet, then this just might be the book to convince you that you're missing out on something. And if you're looking for realistic, down-to-earth information about how to find out what that something is, then this is a wonderful place to start.
I'll be honest with you, when I first picked up this book I was all like "Whoa, man...Ninjas are Cool!" But fortunately I actually read the book and I was impressed to say the least. I had read some books before that had some vague references to chi, and energy, and auras and stuff like that, but it always came across as some amazing mystic skill that only masters had any hope of acquiring. This book is completely different from anything I've read previously. Dr.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lleu Christopher on May 14, 2004
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Like the martial art he discusses, Glenn Morris has a kind of sneaky and indirect way of imparting information. After reading Pathnotes of an American Ninja Master for the second time, I came to appreciate the many valuable anecdotes, techniques and references it contains. I say sneaky not only because ninjas are known for their stealth, but because this book could easily be dismissed as another popularized, watered-down Westernization of a traditional way. While it is written in a casual and popular style, if you pay attention you will find that Pathnotes is not at all superficial and is constructed to point the reader towards certain doors; if you wish to pass through these doors, you will have to do a lot of work and studying beyond this (or any) book.
Morris at times comes across as boastful, often listing his many titles and accomplishments. Paradoxically, while he calls himself a Master, he also insists many times that he is a mere "hobbyist" when it comes to the martial arts. The book may frustrate anyone looking for a step-by-step manual on how to learn ninjutsu; such a book would almost inevitably be a failure, as the very nature of this elusive art is nonlinear. Morris also conveys the fact that this book, like any book, can only be a starting point; you can't learn any martial art or spiritual tradition solely from a book. Morris delves into the many common points the ninja tradition shares with Taoism, chi gung and yoga; he places a lot of importance on awakening the kundalini energy. Since ninja have entered the popular imagination, mainly through TV and movies, it has become difficult to separate the real from the fake and merely commercial. This is compounded by the very nature of the ninja, for whom hiding and misdirection are primary strategies.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TCM on October 12, 2006
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I am sorry to report that Glenn Morris, Soke, transitioned into the Void on the 1st of April 2006. It is so like Soke to leave us fools behind wondering "Is this a joke or what?!?" This book, Glenn Soke's first on Martial Arts is one of the five or so I would take to a desert island with me for the rest of my life.

But I must warn you, strange things happen around this book, as they did around Glenn. Path Notes found me one day in early April 95 in NYC as I was browsing the small English language section of a large Japanese bookstore while waiting for a friend. It tumbled off an overhead shelf and hit me on the head. I try to be on the lookout for messages from the Universe and I must tell you, rarely are they quite so obvious---of course I bought the book! At around 9pm that night after all the day's Art of Dying Conference functions were over, I collapsed into bed thinking to myself, "I'm too tired to read, and I have to get up early, but let me read just one page..." at 3:45am, book in one hand and holding my eyelids open with the other, I finished it to the great relief of my roommate who had been frequently awakened by my uncontrollable guffawing! (It's a wonder she let me live!)

Rarely have I been so overjoyed by a book! As soon as I got home from the conference, I wrote my first letter to any author. Soke called me upon receiving my fawning praise and we became instant friends. He was already my Teacher from the first moment the book hit my head!

A word to the women-folk, this book is dripping with testosterone. Not the obnoxious "Me Tarzan, you Jane!" kind, but rather the irrepressible "Hold my beer, watch THIS!" kind, and the empowering "Come on in, the water's fine" kind moderated by a bit of "Do try this at home, but be prepared to duck!
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