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A true representation of our art,
This review is from: Shoninki, The Secret Teachings of the Ninja: The 17th Century manual on the Art of Concealment (Hardcover)
Being new to Ninjutsu having now been a student for 3 years, I am still constantly amazed at the perception of the art from a western perspective. I stumbled into ninjutsu not as a martial art but as a way of life a spiritual calling if you will. A purer, simpler way of facing the trials and tribulations of life today.
This piece of literature is, in my opinion, the closest account of how I view the art today. Once you have read the first 30 pages you soon get a real understanding of exactly what ninjutsu is all about. How this art was born in times of such despotism that ninjutsu became so necessary. It is not about being the ultimate warrior with an arsenal of exotic weaponry, and this is not an instruction book on how to fight in the physical sense. This work is a very rare look into how to survive mentally, spiritually and physically in a world that really was every day you survive is a bonus.
The thing that stuck in my mind the most after reading this book is that it is clear that you have too question subjectively the art as it is portrayed today. Nothing was written down, every family Ryu was different and passed on verbally. So what is the system that is being taught today? Certainly from my teachings it is all about the physical side of the art. But what about the other two thirds of the art? In my opinion this book will help explain ninjutsu to you in a way no modern western instructor is able to.