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Essence of Budo: The Secret Teachings of the Grandmaster [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Hardcover]

Masaaki Hatsumi

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21 Dec 2012
Budo transcends simple combat techniques to ultimately attain a world of peace. Budo includes an array of martial arts developed in Japan, among them Aikido, Judo, Karatedo, Kyudo, and Kendo. In this book, grandmaster Hatsumi explores the essence of Budo, and demonstrates a range of important techniques relating to this essence. The author also reveals secret techniques and the hidden principles of the martial arts, and elucidates the words of his master, Toshitsugu Takamatsu, on Budo and life. Including some three hundred beautiful pictures depicting the author demonstrating his techniques, and around one hundred pictures of rare works of calligraphy, illustrations, and hidden documents on the martial arts and their role in Japanese culture, this book will be relevant and insightful to practitioners of all martial traditions including Judo, Aikido, Karatedo, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Jujutsu, Iaijutsu, and other various fighting sports.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha; 2nd edition edition (21 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1568364628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568364629
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Masaaki Hatsumi was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years, becoming the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. While travelling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as law enforcement agencies, he received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review essence of Budo 23 Mar 2013
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A excellent read for any Ninjitsu or Martial artist on the way of real Budo, and how to conduct yourself in life, and with others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the apoc### hatsumi returns! 28 Mar 2014
By D.E.A - Published on
If this guy isn't doing one of his ultra marathon swims in the shark infested waters off the Japanese coast, he is probably either laying in a hole in the earth (naked) testing his ninja endurance powers, laying in an inflatable pool of piss, or writing the next tomb of secret ninja knowledge that will leave you drooling at the mouth in anticipation of the secrets to be divulged!

What you get you get is a photo graphic montage of photos that would look great as a fresco at a council art exhibit, plus the rehashed utterances of the mongolian tiger 'takamatsu'. If you don't know why he got the name tiger, it was because he was an expert at prowling the manchurian Chinese!

These guys are simple, outmoded and woefully 'feudal' in their philosophy: there are people who serve and protect, and then there are the meek weak sheep that deserve derision! They forget that the warriors were more often than not the bad guys that kicked peoples heads in, to which takamatsu probably would have been no exception.

The guy is eccentric and is 'known' for his blues brothers dance that he pulls out on special occasions, which has to be seen!
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