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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805313056
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805313053
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully and thoroughly illustrated, Remigiusz Borda's work is a delightful compendium of history, terminology, and concepts associated with our ninja tradition. His passion for both the martial arts and visual arts is demonstrated through the care and detail he has invested in this work. It will serve as a reference point for both beginners and experts in ninja lineages worldwide."—Kevin Keitoshi Casey, author of The Ninja Mind

"Illustrated Ninja Handbook is a masterfully produced book, with its beautiful full-color artwork and captivating layout. The book re-visits in fresh format a lot of the ground that has fascinated fans of the ninja arts for the decades since my original ninja book The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art brought the once-secret lore to the West."—Stephen K. Hayes, Black Belt Hall of Fame, author of The Ninja Defense and The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art

"Much like the newer Tuttle books, this instructional is filled with hundreds of full-color photos arranged in dynamic presentations to show every little nuance of the technique being demonstrated. […] It is definitely a good read on ninjitsu for a number of reasons, and I think it is a very solid entry point into the world of ninjitsu, easily better than other books on the market that do not give you this much hands-on info."—TheFightNerd.com

"The Illustrated Ninja Handbook: Hidden Techniques of Ninjutsu is an easy-to-follow handbook that mainly comprises of step-by-step photo instructions on executing Bujinkan techniques."—WayofNinja.com

"If you prefer your shadow-warrior wisdom to be passed along on paper, check out Remigiusz Borda's book, subtitled Hidden Techniques of Ninjutsu. This full-color 216-pager from Tuttle Publishing covers 40 ninja techniques, as well as the weapons and history of the famed fighters."Black Belt

About the Author

Remigiusz Borda lives and teaches in Poland. In addition to running his own ninjutsu dojo, he is a highly respected painter whose work has been exhibited internationally.

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This book is an enjoyable and informative read for anyone starting out in the Bujinkan.
Vajrayogini
When I came across “The Illustrated Ninja Handbook” the moment I saw the Tuttle publishing icon on the cover, I had high hopes for a quality book.
connie
In this highly illustrated book, the author has done a good job of presenting the Bujinkan martial arts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By james m porco on March 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
As an instructor, I found this book wonderfully delightful. It covers Sanshin and Kihon beautifully with absolutely fabulous colorful pictures to go with the step by step description of each technique. A MUST have for any practitioner of ninjutsu. From hand to hand, to weapons defensively/offensively, The Illustrated Ninja Handbook: Hidden Techniques of Ninjutsu is by far one of the best books in my collection. Well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By connie on April 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Kendall Kelsoes’ Book Review of

The Illustrated Ninja Handbook
By Remigiusz Borda with Marian Winiecki

When I see a new book covering the topic of historical ninjutsu (the art of stealth and endurance), it is a very exciting thing for me. Normally, too many books are sensationalistic, and not very useful or even historically correct.

When I came across “The Illustrated Ninja Handbook” the moment I saw the Tuttle publishing icon on the cover, I had high hopes for a quality book. Tuttle has some high standards for books concerning the martial arts. This book is a paperback, with fine glossy paper, and is packed with excellent full color photographs and images.

Leafing trough the book, I knew right away this was a bona fide instructional book with authentic information. Having studied ninjutsu myself through Bujinkan International since 1984, it was easy to recognize the terminology demonstrated by the authors, Remigiusz Borda and Marian Winiecki.

The first thing to impress me was the format of step by step photographs demonstrating the waza (techniques). It was also great to see many such techniques I was unfamiliar with, so I recommend this book to both the novice, and the seasoned martial artist.

This handbook traces the historical roots of Japan’s ancient ninja. It also examines the lineage of the nine Ryu (schools or traditions) taught in the Bujinkan. Special attention is paid to some of the vast weaponry used by both the ninja and samurai.

This includes the commonly known shuriken (throwing blades and spikes) to the more exotic Shuko (iron claws) and Kyoketsu Shoge (hooked dagger, with cord and iron ring).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sookie stackhouse on April 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
excellent book did his research laid it out for people to plainly see what the basics are!
i love he challenges with the str8 bladed ninto which exists in may forms slight curve to none..
shuriken are there as well...no ninja suit tho...hahaha

no fancy stealth moves but he speaks some volumes of truth about the subject.
he did well this a great book but the real book not the kindle this is a must for your collection!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Marshal on March 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
I really liked reading and looking at "The Illustrated Ninja Handbook." Remigiusz Borda has put together a great intro book to the Bujinkan. The bulk of the book contains beautifully illustrated techniques out of the Bujinkan, and would be a great help to a beginning student as a reference guide. Perhaps not for a brand new student, and Borda rightly points out very dangerous techniques that he shows. The book would be very helpful for someone (maybe 7th Kyu - who has seen the bulk of the techniques at least once by then) and all the way down to their Shodan. Obviously you don't learn martial arts form a book, but it is a great visual reminder of the various techniques. Over all - it was nicely done, and is a stunning visual book. Good job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prashant Nair on April 27, 2014
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The mystical art of Ninjustu is presented in an simple,practical way with lots of pictures and explanative notes......the author has done a wonderful job,,,one of The best books on the subject....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbennett877 on April 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a very well rounded book with a lot of basic information suitable for anyone beginning their journey in the Bujinkan. However, I found several instances where some of the Japanese Shihan’s names were misspelled. I think a little more effort could have gone into the editing process to ensure these mistakes didn’t happen. Furthermore, I don’t necessarily agree with the author’s body structure in some of the photos. He is leaning too far forward with his kamae. All in all the book was very well done and the majority of the information presented was done so in a very effective manner that allows the reader to understand the general concept of what is being taught. I would recommend beginning students to have this book in their library, but to be aware that only through a licensed instructor can they really get the full effect of the lessons. This would be a great reference book to help them in their journey.
Best Regards
Rodney Bennett: Bujinkan Shidoshi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Harris on September 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Shidoshi Borda has done a great job of presenting the basics of our Ninja and Samurai Arts. The artistry and photography in this book are beautiful. The flow of the book is easy enough for anyone to follow. It's step by step flowing photos open up the techniques to the reader like never before. It should be in the library of any Martial Artist, especially if you are in the Bujinkan or just curious about Ninjas...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avenger on May 26, 2014
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Just arrived today. A fantastic book full of colour pics of instruction and insight on the law of the Shinobi. Written by Remigiusz Borda who trained with the Bujinkan Organisation under the 34th Master Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and teaches in Poland, of course the text is in English for reading.
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