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True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki (The Authentic Ninja Training Manual) Paperback – March 14, 2017
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"…the most excellent masterpiece of all the manuscripts on ninjutsu that have ever been written." —Otake Risuke, Katori Shinto Ryu, Head Teaching Master, from his foreword
"…every time you reread this book you will obtain a new perspective." —Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, Translator of the Shoninki into modern Japanese
"…the first definitive English-language translation of the "Shoninki." —Metropolis
"Read it for the entertainment and interest in history but be open to expanding upon some simple life concepts that the ninja applied to their work. It's well worth the read if you're a fan of ninjas and Japanese culture." —Martial Arts + Action Movies blog
About the Author
Antony Cummins heads the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team, a project that documents, translates and publishes medieval documents pertaining to the shinobi of Japan. As a world renowned ninja historian, his background as an archaeologist and historian gives him a unique insight into their mysterious world. Antony has revived an old samurai school of war, Natori-Ryu, with the aim of educating people on historical Japanese warfare. His aim is to establish a correct understanding of Japanese military arts and to bring about a deeper knowledge of, and respect for Japanese arts. A trained martial artist, he is the author of nearly a dozen books on ninja and martial arts.
Risuke Otake is the teaching master at the world famous Katori Shinto Ryu, the oldest samurai sword school in the world. He is a member of the Order of the Rising Sun, an honored conferred on him in 2005 by the Emperor Akihito of Japan.
Dr. Nakashima Atsumi has worked with the Iga Museum on translating the Shoninki from 17th century Japanese into modern Japanese. He is also the chairman of the Federation of Japanese Koryu Bujutsu, an organization for the traditional schools of the martial arts in Japan.
Yoshie Minami was born in Tokyo and currently lives in Saitama, Japan. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from the International Christian University.
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This slight volume is a translation of primary source documentation about the legitiimate historical ninja and the practice of ninjutsu; and as such provides a rare glimpse through the veil of fiction and fantasy, leaving us with factual accounts by an actual ninja!
The diminutive size of this volume belies the abundance of information with which it is packed. I've read this tome many times and I'm always astounded by just how much information is contained in such a small book. I think it's fair to say that a great many books of double (and even greater) size often do not contain a fraction of the information contained in this one! If I were to make any criticism of the book it would be soley with the publishers and their marketing ploys to capitalize on long held, but erroneous popular misconceptions of the ninja despite the efforts of the translators to present a different (i.e. - accurate and factual) representation in the form of primary evidence. That said, this should not be seen as a reflection of the efforts of the translation team and these little nuances do little to underscore the importance of this historical work and wealth of it's content. An updated and revised second edition is forthcoming and I have already pre-ordered it, for anyone seeking a glimpse into the actual thoughts, practices, and operations of the ninja of old, I would HIGHLY recommend you do the same! In my humble opinion this is among a small handful of books that no person having an interest in the ninja should be without.
-J. Farthing, March 2017
Though the book is relatively small, there's a lot of interesting things jammed into it. There's talk of different tools and other bits that you can try replicating, and there are some good words to keep to heart in the day-to-day.
At the end of the day, if you want to learn what ninja were about, hear it from someone who actually was one. Any person keen on knowing the truth that drives the fantasy should add this book to their collection.