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The Art of Life and Death: Lessons in Budo from a Ninja Master Hardcover – 10 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (10 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080484304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804843041
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,659,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


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