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Japanese Throwing Weapons: Mastering Techniques for Throwing the Shuriken (Book & DVD) [Paperback]

Daniel Fletcher
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc; Pap/DVD edition (30 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805311010
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805311011
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By carol
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great little book best on market great value with dvd
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Treatise 23 July 2013
By Andy C
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Short but informative introduction to the art of Shuriken-jutsu, including methods of throwing for each 'weapon' covered, and even combat techniques, targets and training. Comes with a DVD which is brief and doesn't really offer significant insights into the no-spin throw, other than showing the author in action. Still, probably the best little treatise on the subject currently available, and plenty of photos too! AC
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5.0 out of 5 stars good quality book worth reading 5 Jun 2013
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after being fortunate to meet and talk to Daniel Fletcher in Noda i purchased this to learn more about the techniques. This is a good quality book worth reading and the dvd works well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 26 Jun 2012
By Sas
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It's not often that i leave reveiws, but i've been trying to track down a shuriken jutsu book for some time now, i've been searching for a few months and as a fully trained martial artist in ninjutsu, i have many books, but i think this is my favourette, it even comes with a nice little dvd that shows you the jutsu, brilliant stuff

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Dean W. Eichler - Published on Amazon.com
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There is basically no one in America who has the experience in shurikenjutsu that Danny Fletcher has, this book is a must buy. As someone who owns basically every book on shurikenjutsu ever written I can say this is one of two English language books worth buying, the other being Shuriken-do by Shirakami Ikkuken. The author is an expert on Japanese martial arts and culture with experiences no other authors who have tried to cash in on the hype of the shuriken can come close to. Danny has not only trained in the Bujinkan and learned the shurikenjutsu of Togakure ryu, which is covered greatly in this book, but has gained the knowledge of the use of a huge variety of shuriken from other ryu-ha through his study with Otsuka sensei of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu, one of the few extant shurikenjutsu ryu. This book will teach you the use of basically all forms of shuriken from senban, to jujiken, to bo shuriken and even the use of obscure items like the matsubagata of iga ryu. Also covered is the use of shuriken in shokenjutsu (use of shuriken as a handheld weapon in close combat), as well as sword forms with shuriken. You will be able to study the basic kata of Meifu Shinage Ryu, and hopefully seek out a dojo to train this art and understand its higher level teachings. This book is a must have for ANYONE who is interested in REAL NINJUTSU and REAL SHURIKENJUTSU.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive textbook for Shuriken jutsu, a must-have! 6 July 2011
By Jason Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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As a long time student of Shuriken jutsu, I can honestly say that Daniel Fletcher's book is the most accurate and comprehensive work on the subject that I have seen. He takes you through not only the basics, but also the more advanced throws in a way that makes them very accessible to everyone from the first timer to the experienced martial artist. His explanations and demonstrations show the real combat aspects of Shuriken jutsu that most people never get to see... it's not just trying to hit a target, there's a lot more to it.
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Shuriken Enthusiast 7 Sep 2011
By H. C. Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
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My name is Kenneth Smith, writing a review under my girlfriend's account.
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Japanese Shuriken Art 20 July 2011
By Ezzy the " Shuriken Practitioner" - Published on Amazon.com
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As a beginning shurikenjutsu practitioner and martial arts lover, Japanese Throwing Weapons is a great manual for learning a little about the throwing arts. I easily fell in love with shurikenjutsu after seeing a video of master Yasuyuki Otsuka on tv explaining the art form. The book goes into explaining the different types of shuriken, and the history of Meifu Shinkage Ryu shurikenjutsu itself. From there, the book goes into detail on how to properly stand and throw the different weapons. There are many techniques included in the book, and a few secret techniques pretaining to MSR. For intances, there are sitting, standing, and sword techniques with shurikens. However, the greatest gem included with the book is the DVD. Within the DVD, the author gives a visual perspective of the whole book, which is good for actual training. I am truely happy that I purchased this book. It is a great experience to learn about a weapon that was commonly during feudal Japan. I hope that one day I can get the honor training in MSR in Japan. All in all, this is an awesome experience in Japanese arts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was searching for! 8 July 2011
By Beginner - Published on Amazon.com
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The other "5-star" reviewers have said it much better than I ever could. I just wanted to say thank you to the author, Mr. Daniel Fletcher for writing this amazing book and to Soke Yasuyuki Otsuka and all the folks at MSR. This is exactly what I've been looking for! Thank you all so much!
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