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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic guide to the true Ninja
Excellent companion volume and guide to the The three authentic Shinobi Scrolls of the Gunpo Jiyoshu, Shinobi-uta and Secret Ninja Transmission known as the Ninpiden and published as (The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi: Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls), Shoninki (True Path of the Ninja: Translation of the Shoninki, a 17th Century Ninja Training...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable but a bit too confusing...
While the idea (announced with a bit too much of academic "arrogance") of presenting the "truth" about Ninjutsu based on historical sources is indeed remarkable and praiseworthy, the book of Cummins in some chapters presents some difficulties in understanding what the Author is really trying to say. For example, while arguing about the "misconception" of the Ninjas being...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable but a bit too confusing..., 22 Dec 2012
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While the idea (announced with a bit too much of academic "arrogance") of presenting the "truth" about Ninjutsu based on historical sources is indeed remarkable and praiseworthy, the book of Cummins in some chapters presents some difficulties in understanding what the Author is really trying to say. For example, while arguing about the "misconception" of the Ninjas being a "counterculture" of the Samurai World (while ninjutsu was indeed a part of the samurai military organization) the Author stresses the point that Ninjas weren't criminals or low ranking scoundrels, but many were samurais trained in the art of ninjutsu. And that's a clear point.... but then Cummins says that not all Ninjas were of samurai origins, many of them probably being low class born Ashigaru soldiers. So not all ninjas were of samurai status. And then he remarks "understanding that Ninjas were samurai"...

Simply put, while i can understand the difficulty of researching about such a shady subject, Cummins should become more organic and less academic speculative in order to effectively communicate the results of his research to the pubblic still "lagging behind" in the Media-born Ninja's imaginary.

Still it's indeed one of the unique ouvres trying to throw some light on men who lived and fought in the shadows.... and for this it is easily understandable why it isn't a perfectly clear book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic guide to the true Ninja, 22 Oct 2013
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Excellent companion volume and guide to the The three authentic Shinobi Scrolls of the Gunpo Jiyoshu, Shinobi-uta and Secret Ninja Transmission known as the Ninpiden and published as (The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi: Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and Other Ninja Scrolls), Shoninki (True Path of the Ninja: Translation of the Shoninki, a 17th Century Ninja Training Manual) and the ninja epic of the Bansenshukai (The Book of Ninja) and add to the list "Iga and Koka Ninja Skills: The Secret Shinobi Scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori" a must have book for those seeking the true authentic, historical ninja, the world of the Shinobi owe a great debt to the research of Anthony Cummings, the last word on the Ninja and Ninjutsu very possibly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Antony Cummins In search of the Ninja, 12 April 2013
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This well researched and exquisetly writen book that is essential to any Ninjutsu Practitioner. It is a beautiful, well crafted book.
The History of The ninja has long been shrouded in mystery and often mis-represented or mis-understood.
Take this oppertunity to delve into a world that has been translated from source for a true understanding of what the Shinobi / Ninja truely were / are.
The understanding of these shadow warriors will open your eyes to the reality and truth of the Once HIDDEN art.
As for this books author Antony Cummins.. A tireless warrior in his achievments along with his historical ninjutsu research team have done such a great job creating this book you are sure of a PERFECT read... My suggestion is BUY IT NOW!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book for all ninja fans!, 6 Nov 2012
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My life has always included ninja since I was a about 5 or 6 watching ninja turtles or the cheesey 80's movies there was something about the ninja that got me excited, anyway as I got to about 14 I wanted to learn more about them like the history and such. I then stumboled upon Antony's books and as I've got older the books have gotten better and better, the information in this book is better than the information you'll find in any other, brilliant book I was totally lost through the pages and as I read every line I just wanted to carry on and on its so interesting and brilliantly researched I'd recommend this to anyone who is interest in ninja! Superb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History revealed, 19 Aug 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for all ninja enthusiasts, 11 Aug 2012
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irrespective of your personal opinion of the author's view of today's practice of ninjutsu he has performed a remarkable feat of detective and interpretation work
there are many books on ninja available , but this one must rate as the best research yet undertaken ,the sources are many and varied rather than one narrow field, and all are tested rather than accepted as "ninja lore" because somebody said so.
i cannot recommend highly enough, it should be on the bookshelf of every student of ninjutsu, it sets the bar for historical research of ninjutsu , hopefully others will try to match
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5.0 out of 5 stars reveiw of in search of the ninja, 8 Aug 2012
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I have just finished reading this book in one sitting! it has to be one if not the most important books on the subject of the ninja ever writen the author has not only found out shinobi methods but has gone as far as getting things like sleeping powder scientificly analized proving what may at first looks like medeveal madness to actually being realistic methods actualy used by real people during the fudel era in japan. mr cummins goes on to actually prove the chinese origins of the shinobi skills and truely as never before brings the skills of the ninja to life using only historicly proven material and some never seen before in the west ninjutsu scrolls . if you have even a passing interest in japanise history or unconventional warfare and especialy the skills of the spy get this book!
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