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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, an experience from another system, 9 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: A Story of Life, Fate, and Finding the Lost Art of Koka Ninjutsu in Japan (Paperback)
I am going to do a commentry/review as it may be appropriate in support of the author and his book. This book is a short read (quite personal) about the authors travels to japan and into his decent character about helping japanese kids learn english in a very much ego inflated 'me only' western society today that dominates the world today.He does explain some of the living difficulties and cultural differences and that being quite different from westerners.He explains about the training and that being very intense with emphasis on attack.I was drawn to this book as I have been taught Koka by my friend and teacher who went over to japan in the 80's and everything that the author wrote about is what i experienced from my teacher and what he told me.I have studdied with the Bujinkan and found the training not the same as what is taught in koka although it does share much(perhaps names etc differ). The whole method of attack is more intense and I suppose can be considdered quite brutal(my teacher would say its not about im going to hit you it's i already have). Interestingly enough my teacher did show me a picture of sensei years back and his eyes stared through you.My teacher often spoke of not knowing if he would come out of the dojo alive and the author writes this in pretty much the same terms, (and this dojo was not some kind of major training hall)only for him to repeat this on me.As much as I dont want to upset anyone in the bujinkan with this commentry and review I do feel as though the author does seem to be describing pretty much what I have learned from my friend and teacher.The author does speak of very few westerners mainly japanese ever entering the dojo, my teacher was the only westerner(and he told me it was very closed doors). I do feel as though the author seems to be genuine and writes about his experiences in japan.He talks about being taught what is regarded to be extintint ryu/methods. really if you think of it their were 53 families from koka how could nothing survive.Much of what we know about ninjutsu comes from the writings of hayes(who has a lot to offer) and what is circulated in the bujinkan. often the ninja revealed themselves to the world after training behind closed doors.Yes no books exist on koka as the author explains, you have to go and learn their methods from sensei or someone who has been taught their methods. No kata or striking methods are included in this book not that it matters as koka really is a way of fighting if thats the term to use and the author has made a brave attempt to write about his experiences( and puts it down to fate) in the dominated world of other more popular systems. Well done to the author for making an attempt to put it down on paper and I hope that you found what you saught after.
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