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Becoming a Ninja Warrior: A Quest to Recover the Secret Legacy of Japan's Most Secret Warriors Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071103432X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711034327
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born 1977 in Norwich, England, Martin Faulks is known internationally as a Meditation Master, Adventurer and Spiritual Warrior.

Dubbed the Norfolk Ninja or the Ninja of Norwich by the press Martin Faulks is Great Britain's most high profile and controversial martial arts author. Indeed his demonstrations of mind over matter using the power of meditation brought him to the attention of the international press and have highlighted the potential of ancient mind sciences for healing, health, spirituality and self-development.

For Martin, martial arts are a path of enlightenment, discipline and self control. Their purpose being to develop the will, cultivate the body and to enable the individual to protect themselves and others.

He has a black belt in Japanese Ninjutsu (Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu) and the Korean martial art, Kuk Sool Won and is proficient in the spiritual disciplines of China, including Tai Chi, meditation, Qi Gong and the legendary form of Yi Jin Jing.

He is a four time national martial arts champion and a regional fencing champion.

Martin has traveled extensively and trained with some of the world's most skilled martial arts masters, including such famous masters as Bo ou Mander, Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi, Noguchi Sensei, Stephen K Hayes and Michael Pearce. He has also spent time in the mountains with the Yamabushi monks of Japan.



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Martin Faulks has been a student of the oriental martial arts since he was five years old. He is a three-time national martial arts champion and holds black belts in both the Korean martial art Kuk Sool Won and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (Japanese Ninjutsu) and is proficient in the mystical disciplines of China, including Tai Chi, meditation, Qi Gong and the legendary form of Yi Jin Jing.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Baxter on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A nice little book, I enjoyed reading this very much. The fact that it attempts to shed some light on some of the stealth techniques of ninjutsu, instead of focusing on the already well-trodden ground of taijutsu (basically, the system of physical martial techniques), was a refreshingly different angle of (metaphorical) attack, as was the author's interesting elemental perception of this mysterious art/lifestyle.

It's about the journey of a beginner, someone who still has the ability to see the wonder and magic behind what he is learning, whose mind is still full of questions that sometimes fade in the more long-term practitioner, and the thirst for understanding where the "historical" legends about the ninja come from, and how those skills might be developed. Having trained for almost 2 decades myself, it reminded me strongly of those by-gone days, and has even reawakened my own interest in a broader understanding of the art I study and its place in history, factual and narrative.

Recommended for anyone new to martial arts, anyone who can look past the authors lack of "time served" experience in structured training (we all began as newbies once, after all), and anyone who enjoys learning more about this most fascinating of martial legends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Hill on 7 Mar. 2011
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In recent years there have been quite a number of martial art 'biographies' and accounts of personal journeys. Most of them are quite interesting, even if they do follow a somewhat set pattern. This book was actually quite different to the normal "I trained in this for a couple of years, had a couple of fights and now look where I am and what I have learnt". I will state this right now: this is one of the three books in this genre that I would recommend above all others. The other two are Marcus Trower's "The Last Wrestlers" and Robert Twigger's "Angry White Pyjamas".

Martin's journey in this book is less about the training, per se, and more about the author's questions and how he went about investigating them. It looks at how he interprets the information he gathers, where he looks and what (non-standard) methodologies he adopts. He offers advise and information on a range of subjects that are not normally covered in these books.

It should be pointed out that this is not a "I know it all, I am now an expert" kind of book; rather he admits his innocence and his naivete, he recognises his own faults, he experiments with different ideas. For this, I give it a hearty recommendation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ivan Coldharbour on 9 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this excellent book.

I am not a Ninja - this is the first thing I should say - and I have no intention of becoming a Ninja. However, I will recommend this book, heartily, to anyone, because it is a thought-provoking and useful book.

The author sensitively relates a series of experiences and his reflections upon these, thereby personifying the Ninja: and showing that anyone - albeit with the right attitude, with the correct sense of perseverance and ability to reflect, and with the discipline in his or her approach to self-development - can become a Ninja.

However, whilst anyone with the right potential CAN become a Ninja, the experience Martin relates also shows that becoming a Ninja is far from easy. I admire the author's humility as well as his skill, intelligence and diligence in his pursuit of Ninjutsu.

Most important to readers such as myself is the fact that useful lessons can be applied to a variety of scenarios, professions, people and places. This Ninja flexibility is the greatest lesson. The central section of the book, covering the use of the five elements to approach a variety of life's situations, was for me just one example of something practical and enlightening.

Some may find the more martial elements more intriguing; others may discover something of value in lessons about espionage, gadgets and devices; and others may value the lessons in stealth or endurance. Whichever one of these suits your interest (though it may be several or all), and whether you choose to apply the lessons or simply enjoy the story of a travelling Ninja, I think that you will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Super5 cat on 25 Mar. 2011
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I love martins writing in general and this book isthe best. Its an amazing journey through the world of the ninja. If you have any interest in the martial arts this book is for you. For me martin faulks is a heroic figure,someone who has foloowed his heart and become his dreams. Buy it.l
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