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Essence of Ninjutsu Paperback – April 1, 1988
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If you're looking for the book with Ninjutsu techniques and yo're enough loaded with financial resources, I'd suggest you to go for Hayes' Ninja series (5 books) where you should get most of what you want to know about Ninpo techniques or get the Stick Fighting if you love using hanbo. PS: For another good reading of the similar contents, try the translation book, Ninpo:Wisdom for Life by Masaaki Hatsumi
The author of this book Hatsumi-sensei is considered a pretty enlightened being by many, very serious people - marine trainers, special forces' folks, and all in these kind of occupations, yet while reading one can't help noticing his basic gentleness of character, and openness in sharing that which is the most valued to him - his life's art. Yet, we may also outline a certain dangerous quality of Dr. Hatsumi's writing, that is in his role of protector of these teaching, a fearsome warrior not to be messed with.
The content of the book itself is very tighlty connected to the lore of the Ninjutsu traditions, of which Hatsumi-sensei is the heir. It has some very interesting stories of valor of some previous masters of the school - the way it should be done. For those who are interested in martial application there are some photos with description. One cannot stop wondering at the love and reverence this man has for his teacher, who apparently was a very tough and very knowledgable person. His reverance is passed to us, the readers.
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Throughout this book, the reader ought to be able to sense the depth of the art that Hatsumi-sensei is master of. The richness of the traditions and the scope of the moral and ethical development possible through an honest approach to martial arts is clearly in evidence. This has nothing to do with 'Oriental mysticism' nor has it anything to do with techniques in the technical sense. Yet, if one has the eyes to see, the mystical is simply honesty and the secrets to the techniques stem from this. In this book, both are more than visible.
Through stories of his own teacher (beautifully presented as fables and legends) as well his own experiences, one gets the sense that Hatsumi-sensei has just surpassed a personal barrier of sorts. There is a sense of confidence that emerges from the words and one can only feel inspired to emulate the development displayed.
This book is not, as should be expected from Hatsumi-sensei, a chronologically organised tome. Stepping away from the 1-2-3 approach to learning, Soke's words are imbued with character and observation and in that sense, one ought to hesitate to use the word 'topic' when describing each chapter. Perhaps 'situations' may be a better term.
From history to warnings, from martial movement to moral awareness, this book, quite literally, has it all.Read more ›
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I have only begun reading this book and it blows my mind. I stop and think about each lesson it teaches because the lessons are deep and important. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a light read to accompany your real training in a dojo. This is not a how to book, more like a way to look at things and a perspective from Hatsumi Sensei.Published 12 months ago by Jeremy Sanders
Still working through it,but from what i have covered it was not a disappointment. Great starter book also to learning more about the history and overall practice of these great... Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by M. Free
Hatsumi Sensei's works are beyond my capacity to be rated. However, this is a must have for any Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu practitioner!Published on September 16, 2013 by Qui-Gone
Entertainly book. I confess I expected some more about it but anyway, this is a nice and very informative book.Published on July 8, 2013 by Madeira
I would recommend this book for anyone studying Shinobi no jutsu. Dr. Hatsumi shows his knowledge of his Sensi Takamatsu.Published on April 5, 2013 by mark styles
sThe odd translation makes getting to the content in this book more difficult than it should be. I found myself reading and rereading passages trying to make sense of them. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Thomas Raven