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Japanese Throwing Weapons: Mastering Shuriken Throwing Techniques [DVD Included] Paperback – July 10, 2011
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"Fletcher San has provided good photographic illustrations and a systematic treatment that makes Japanese Throwing Weapons a fine reference work. The photographic treatment of the hardware is excellent, and the angular views of throws are cleanly illustrative; it should permit a reader to self-teach the techniques presented." —City Book Review
About the Author
Daniel Fletcher is a native Texan who lived and trained in Japan from 2001-2008. He studied Budo (combat), Shurikenjutsu (throwing weapons), Kyudo (samurai archery), Satsuma Biwa (the samurai lute) and Horimono (traditional Japanese tattooing).
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The DVD was a totally unexpected surprise. It's one thing to see martial arts books showing still pictures and word descriptions of techniques (even really good books like this one), it's another all together to be able to see these different things in action. The DVD is easily worth 3 times the price of the book alone; This book is WAY under priced.
Not only do you get to see the Author expertly demonstrating the techniques and concepts, but you also get to see Otsuka sensei, current Grand master of the Meifu Shinkage ryu Shuriken jutsu school throwing different types of blades.
One thing missing from the book is mention that there is now a branch of the Meifu Shinkage ryu in America. It's located in California at www(dot)california-msr(dot)com.
If you have even a passing interest in pointy things from Japan, this book is an absolute must-have. I have made it mandatory reading for all of my Shuriken jutsu students... it makes my job a lot easier.
I am an amateur shurikenjutsu practitioner and enthusiast that has been throwing blades for six years now.
I have found this book full of insights and detailed information which have
helped me to improve my form and technique. More importantly--through reading
this book, I have acquired a deeper understanding of the true mindset: the ZanShin
of shurikenjutsu.The author, Mr. Daniel Fletcher, is a personal student of
Yasuyuki Otsuka sensai: Soke of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu. Otsuka sensai is
well known as the worlds' authority on shurikenjutsu and is featured throughout
the book. He personally demonstrates in a step by step format the methods
for throwing Meifu Shinkage Ryu, Chishin Ryu, Shirai Ryu, Tsugawa Ryu and Negishi Ryu
shuriken. As well as the method for throwing Jujiken (shaken or "wheel blade").
Mr. Daniel Fletcher, having a background in the Bujinkan, also demonstrates the
proper method for throwing Togakure Ryu senban in the horizontal ("Teppan nage")
and overhand vertical throw. Mr. Fletcher also reveals the very secretive technique for throwing
matsubagata of the Iga Ryu, as well as describing the method of throwing traditional kunai.
Hand to hand combat principles and forms with shuriken ("shoken-jutsu") and shuriken and
arrow avoidance skills ("yadone") are also covered. There are many more martial treasures to
be discovered within this book, but if that was not enough, the dvd edition comes with footage
of Mr. Fletcher demonstrating many of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu forms and techniques along with rare
footage of Otsuka sensai in action. This book is an absolute MUST for anyone interested in the
AUTHENTIC art of shurikenjutsu.