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Ninjutsu: History and Tradition [Paperback]

Masaaki Hatsumi
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Unique Publications (Subs. of CFW Enterprises, Inc; First Edition edition (Mar 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865680272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865680272
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
In this book, Dr. Maasaki Hatsumi, 34th Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu provides the reader with a true glimpse of what it really meant and means to be a practicioner of ninjutsu. Dr Hatsumi discusses the history and evolution of Ninjutsu as well as its uses and applications during fuedal era Japan and beyond. He provides exceptional illustrations, photos, and artwork of various ninja weapons, techniques, and tools. Dr Hatsumi also shares with the reader a paper on ninjutsu written by his teacher or sensei, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. In his paper Takamatsu sensei describes what being a ninja is. He discusses the ninja's duties and responsibilities along with how their influence on certain events should be felt. Whether you are a student of ninjutsu or just an interested reader, this book is a must read! I felt this book went a long way towards dispelling many of the misperceptions often associated with the art of ninjutsu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dropping the technique 11 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
Recently, during my ninjutsu training, I reached a plateau in learning the techniques. The movements during it were correct, but it still felt like something I was doing wasn't quite right.
After reading this I realized what I was doing wrong, as it teaches you not to hold the technique in memory, but to drop it from your conscious mind and let it become a natural movement in the unconscious mind. It's also cleared up a lot of my mistakes, taught me some extra moves and I've learned about the history of the ninja.
This book by Dr. Maasaki Hatsumi (34th Grandmaster of the Togakura ryu school of ninjutsu) is probably the most helpful information I've found outside the dojo. But don't think that you can learn ninjutsu just from reading books; it takes dedication, endurance and intention to learn (in other words, the best training possible is physically training with someone who knows the martial art). For anyone who is looking to learn the history of the ninja or is struggling in their training, I highly recommend this book. For anyone hoping to learn ninjutsu from simply reading books, although this does teach some techniques, it's not as in-depth as other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ninjutsu written by the Master 6 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This should be considered as the intro text for student of Ninjutsu. This book gives a complete general information about Ninjutsu by the Grandmaster himself. It covers almost everything you need to know about Ninjutsu. Including a brief history, techniques, body conditioning, weapons and more. This text is an excellent introduction for beginners, and should be in every library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, amazing 14 Mar 2013
By Mario
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This should be considered as the intro text for student of Ninjutsu. This book gives a complete general information about Ninjutsu by the Grandmaster himself. It covers almost everything you need to know about Ninjutsu. Including a brief history, techniques, body conditioning, weapons and more. This text is an excellent introduction for beginners, and should be in every library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 2 April 2010
By David
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book not really expecting a lot from it, however, when I read the first page, it made me want to read the next page, and then the next page (and so on).
It talks about the history of ninjutsu, the sokes (headteachers/grand masters), weaponry, the TRUE meaning to be a ninja, how it all came about and it even throws in some moves and stances.
If you are serious about studying ninjutsu, this book is great - especially for people who have been to a couple of lessons before hand.
If you are THINKING about studying ninjutsu, and you want this book to help you decide, I think it is best to just go to a lesson - no words can describe how it feels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book by Dr. Hatsumi. 27 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
How fortunate we are to have Hatsumi Sensei and his unsurpassed understanding of these ancient family-based arts and traditions.
A bit of irony. The book's Acknowledgement highlights Steven K. Hayes, Hatsumi's first non Japanese student. On pages 234 and 235 Tanemura Sensei and Manaka Sensei are depicted in photographs, eyes closed, avoiding Soke's sword in response to feeling his intention to strike. The irony is that all three, top students of Bujinkan, have since distanced themselves from Hatsumi Sensei and formulated their own small schools of taijutsu: Quest, Genbukan and Jinenkan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview - Fantastic photos 5 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book provides a great overview of the ninjutsu tradition. There are plenty of photos. If anything I wished that there was even more text and chapters as it left me wanting more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXALENT! One of Soke Hatsumi's best!!! 29 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is one of his best books, and I highly recomend that you get it! It is wonderful, it is the first one of his books that I had ever read, and I loved it! I hope that if you get it I hope that you like it as much as I did! And if you read this Mr. Hatsumi, you did a great job!!! :-) And I hope to meet you some day!
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