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on 30 January 2010
The author has done a good job researching this ryu and presenting to date the very little info about the life of fujita , his time with the yamabushi early life etc.It speaks about fujitas students and the various densho scrolls however it does not mention the makimono densho.The author speaks about the koka nakano during ww2 which was quite surprising. There is even a part where it describes kokas method of combat and the kempo connection which is in all ninjuts.From a child fujita was taught the rough and hard way and this reflects what takamatsu went through as a child.The author even shows the connection to the iga (modern togakure ryu sub family from iga).Bujinkan students would find this book an interseting read.
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on 16 March 2011
Over the years I've grown somewhat tired of the available books on ninjutsu. With my own history of study in the kage ryu, ninjutsu has often fascinated me and my visits to the young family orientated bujinkan study halls along side the often limited available material on the shelves has been somewhat disappointing.

When I received this book I was a little discouraged by the fact its written by a student of bujinkan taijutsu, however I was pleasantly surprised to discover a neutral opinion about fujita Seiko whom is in the opinion of some of the most accredited masters in the post war history of Japanese martial arts to be the last koga ninja.

It is perhaps for this reason that no English language masters have jumped on the bandwagon about grammatical problems and incorrigible punctuation discrepancies; which I find laughable unless they themselves are world renown publishers.

This book whilst being far from a training manual is a great resource into the life memories and experiences of a man whom to this day remains as much of a mystery to the modern world as does the infamous truth of the ninja.

From the beginning we are taken on a miraculous journey into a young fujitas world, the few short years he had to learn from his grandfather and an insight into his families virtues.

The story continues on towards his days with the yamabushi and through his career in the warring era.

Interestingly enough whilst fujita Seiko was the 14th patriarch of the koga ryu he often encouraged the study of other arts as it was clear he found so much more of interest and developed a great passion towards the art of kempo jutsu.

My greatest surprise throughout this short book was his feelings towards ninjutsu as a whole having run its course and serving no real purpose in todays society.

My overall opinion of this book is refreshing, as it poses a much needed change from the sometimes biblical one sided obsession of the bujinkan legacy, and whilst a demonstrated connection has been proven 'fujita Seiko' to this world has led in the words of his friends 'an immortal life'

Thoroughly recommended.
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on 13 December 2011
An interesting insight to the man, Fujita Seiko.

Not the most professionally constructed publication, but that aside, well worth the reduced ebook price if you are interested in an 'as factual as it is likely to get' book on Ninja's.

It isn't going to tell you much about how Ninjitsu techniques work or what they are. That is the essence of this secretive, shadowy assasin creed. It is more a biography of Fujita Seiko, the 14th and last Koga Soke.
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on 22 September 2012
Read this from cover to cover, and as far as I can gather, being the last last Koga Ninja,is Fujita Seiko's only substantiated claim to fame; the rest is essentially hearsay.
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on 23 February 2014
a rather interesting book that gives a nice insite to the man's life.
at the end of it still left me wondering why on earth he let his system die with him
such a shame that such knowledge so hard to gain was lost so completly
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on 10 June 2013
Highly recommend this book for it's history content & insight into a great man, a true icon of his time who influenced the Japanese martial arts of our modern society & preserved them for future martial arts for centuries to come.
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