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Path Notes of an American Ninja Master Paperback – October 6, 1993
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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A really well written and interesting book. The authors writing style is excellent, really holds your attention. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Isantis
Awesome information, this book has become my basis for energy development, meditation and martial arts.
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Very interesting book about a very interesting person. Good information about how to do the esoteric.Published 21 months ago by Timothy Reid
One of the best books I have ever read. It changed my life. Wish I could have studied with this guy before he passed.Published 21 months ago by Matt M. Lail
Very interesting book and has a lot of references. This book is worth the money just for the bibliography list.Published 22 months ago by A Jerusalem Child
First of all, this is a super-dense Koga scroll. Second of all, this book is a trap. A trap means it is meant to be read rather
than practiced. Read more
I read this book and its two sequels. As indicated by other reviewers, this book is not a manual, but a story of one man's journey and experiences. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by warlord
True and honet account of one mans development. Excellent road map for anyone willing to, and strong enough to follow.Published on October 20, 2013 by James Skeggs