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In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjutsu
In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjutsu
by Antony Cummins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars History revealed, 19 Aug. 2012
Regardless of the readers personal taughts about the author's point on today's practice of ninjutsu, this book is a remarkable work. It takes the reader back in time, without being a manual itself.
The book is a guidebook on the history of the ancient japanese shadow warrior - called Ninja.
It takes us back in the times, were Ninja were used in military warfare, in the times of the waring states in japan. Spot on the roots of ninjutsu, the author points clearly out, were the Ninja had come from, also how maybe foreign cultures, like chinese influenced this remarkable art. His references are not the headmasters of martial arts traditions, the authors references are scrolls, which deal with ninjutsu - or shinobi jutsu. So you get informations about employment, pay, social status and even the organization of the Ninja in Iga and Koka - the hellhole of war and the pool from were most Ninja came from.
If you're on, seeking for secret unknown treasures of martial arts techniques - go and seek another stuff. If you are looking for the truth about Ninja - that's the book you need. The author might be burned virtually for revealing those informations by certain people - but it's a impressing work on historical facts found in a tremendous hunt on and in historical records and scrolls.
So you get the full impact on history about the ninjas, were they came from, their origins and they move in and trough the country. You get informations in social status, raise and drop of the shinobi and what happened after japan got unified by Togukawa (Edo Time) and later in the Meji time.
You get the bunch of informations on the skills and selections of the Ninja, of their techniques in ancient warfare and on what missions a commander used and send them.
This book tells it, the true story of the Ninja. It should not be a miss in any bookself of any ninja interested person.

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