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The Way of the Ninja: Secret Techniques Hardcover – 24 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; First Edition edition (24 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770028059
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770028051
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book itself is a kin do 'secret document' with many hidden teachings in the from of metaphors or explanations that contain obscure meanings. ...This is no oversight. Hatsumi intentionally did this as a way to get the reader to ponder the techniques more deeply. Almost like a Zen koan." -Journalof Asian Martial Arts"Through perceptive observations and many detailed pictures, Dr. Hatsumi reveals the hidden reality behind this mysterious and fascinating martial art. The Way of the Ninja will help widen readers' perceptions and deepen their understanding of two essential principles. One is that Ninjutsu is the very back bone of the martial arts; the other, that Ninjutsu reveals their true spiritual significance. -Cultral News."..no stunts: They're the real thing!" -Asian Week

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Dr. 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 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling 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. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, and as the author of many books on Ninjutsu, was for many years Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists' Club. BEN JONES After winning a scholarship to Oxford University to study Japanese, he moved to Japan and trained in the Bujinkan, interpreting for Dr. Hatsumi at seminars around the world. Former head of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting's Japanese Network, he now runs a successful translation and typesetting business from his home in Kent, UK.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gyoko on 16 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking to be told secrets of the Ninja of old then this book is for you.Having said that the secrets are not clear for all to see.The author and translator challenge you to change your way of thinking as, as the translator says, it's what is not written that is important.Another excellent book by Hatsumi it shows why his students just call him 'The Boss'.
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This book takes you straight to Japan, the lay-out and artwork offers a mysterious setting to read the very interesting text by the current ninjutsu ninpo grandmaster. Great pictures!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Morris on 9 Jan. 2010
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To the uninitiated this book will make no sense and i would think that even to many, you will struggle to see into it. I think that high level students can access what is in here but for most of us we may struggle, but then again no pain no gain.mmmm thinking caps on have a good look take it all in.A painting can be just a picture or it can say a lot it can even tell a lot about the artist.My teacher would say I am here to guide you but certain things in ninjutsu can't be taught you have to discover them for yourself.If I wasn't changing my life at present one could use the the term seeing into the world of spirits.For most I would say just ask a high level student and try build a puzzle ask many people on the side and you may get the picture.I would say that you can learn many physical techniques but the unclear things is where you truely see what its all about.The ninja art is a secret art well heres the secrets.Some years back I didnt know what toad magic was but once it was explained to me theres nothing mysterious in it at all.Perhaps just ask. This is a good book and I hope that this helps.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Malcolm Gannon on 22 April 2010
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A wonderful read, filled with Sensei's philosophical musings and reflections on the importance of Ninjutsu for the practitioner and the world at large. Although hazy at times and somewhat difficult to decipher, Dr. Hatsumi's writing style is intentionally vague and filled with metaphor. Even reading is a form of training and one must learn that between the lines are the true messages of what Soke wants to teach us. I must confess that often times I fail to see the whole picture, but that it the wonderful part of reading his books, you can go back three and four times and always get a new feeling from what you've read. As many have stated in the past, these books are designed to accompany work with a qualified instructor, not a source of learning by itself, the techniques pictured are incomplete and often times out of order in his books, and it is done intentionally. I would highly recommend this book and all of the others that Sensei has written, they are invaluable training tools and life guides.
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