The Art of Life and Death: Lessons in Budo from a Ninja Master Hardcover – 10 Oct 2012
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budo is one of the least understood forms of art in the world. Even more than skills or techniques, the teachings of budo require faith to learn and courage to understand. One of the fundamental teachings of budo is ninjutstu, the art of perseverance that forms the basis of the Japanese martial arts.
The lessons in this book come directly from experiencing the living vitality of the world's foremost master of the ninja arts, Masaaki Hatsumi. Through the use of stories, poetry, art, and earned wisdom, the authors move beyond the common image of the martial arts and reveal the nature of the unexpected changes in themselves as they struggled to come to terms with what being a martial artist in the ninja tradition meant.
The Art of life and Death is a reflection of the discipline, the aesthete, and the philosophy that lies hidden within the martial way. it is a glimpse at the hidden potential of the martial arts, one where the practitioner can embrace transcendence and transformation in order to face all the fears that litter life and also life's most fearsome opponent: Death.
About the Author
Daniel Fletcher lived and trained in Japan from 2001-2008. He studied budo (combat), Shurikenjutsu (throwing weapons), Kyudo (samurai archery), Satsuma biwa (the samurai lute) and Horimono (traditional Japanese tattooing).
Sleiman Azizi is a poet, amateur photographer and has spent over 10 years training in the martial arts since first moving to Japan in 2001. Proficient in Japanese, he has acted as a translator for visiting students. This is his first book.
Masaaki Hatsumi is the sensei at the bujinkan Dojo in Japan where he trains his students in the art of bujinkan ninjutsu.
Top customer reviews
The book then has more interest to me than most people because of that.
So I was disappointed overall that he had discovered nothing more than I had about Budo before he snuffed it boring and full of fortune cookie wisdom.
book would suite a person not advanced in Budo.
The book does get better as you get passed half way. still I would have to be bored to bother finishing it.
15 months after buying it the book is still on the book shelf half read. so that says a lot about it down one more star.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Really good book on Ninpo. Not a technical book, it's so much more. More books like this are needed! At some point, a martial artist should reach a point in their training when they stop collecting techniques. Looking for info that transends techniques, styles and schools is a must and books like this are great! It is a Bunjinkan TaiJutsu based book but it is great for any martial artist.
i highly reccomend this book to any practicioner of the martial arts and especially all of my budo freindsl
It will become a classic to sit on the shelf next to "Hagakure","Unfettered mind" and "Book of Five Rings".
This book is not just students of the Bujinkan. It is for any serious martial-artist who thinks of themselves as an artist. This book can offer different angles from which to think about your practice. It can help you acknowledge the frustrations you feel as you reach that plateau where the harder you try the worse you perform, and it can give you the encouragement to get beyond that. It can help you fill in the details that will take you to the next level.
I especially loved how relevant the text is for today; "How many "great warriors" throughout history have been brought down by a charming young woman? It happens every day." -pg 126.
This book covers a wide range of topics with parables, stories and poems to explain the real meaning of Budo according to what the authors learned from Master Hatsumi. Some of the topics covered include: Caveat emptor, nature, change, patience, deception, letting go, pride, death, living between the lines, danger, the empty cup, sex and feces, faith, joy, ninja weapons, mushin, zanshin, kyusho, perfection, teaching, power, feeling, and tales of Budo.
In conclusion, this book is for anyone seeking to understand the meaning of Budo according to one Ninja grandmaster. Indeed, this is a book for anyone who is serious about studying the philosophy of any of the martial arts.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Monadnock Defensive Tactics System)
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