Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan Hardcover – 30 Jun 2009
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"Dr. Zoughari's visionary work connects old ways with the new, breathing life and new meaning into an often controversial subject in a way that benefits all who will read these pages." --Shihan Christopher Davy, from his Foreword
"His translation of Takamatsu's autobiography, albeit short, was powerful to me...The art shown in the book is beautiful and adds context to the text." --MartialArtsPlanet.com blog
-Dr. Zoughari's visionary work connects old ways with the new, breathing life and new meaning into an often controversial subject in a way that benefits all who will read these pages.- --Shihan Christopher Davy, from his Foreword
-His translation of Takamatsu's autobiography, albeit short, was powerful to me...The art shown in the book is beautiful and adds context to the text.- --MartialArtsPlanet.com blog
Ninjutsu is the most renowned and misunderstood of all martial arts. The long history of ninjutstu is often murky; surrounded by mystery and legend. Here, for the first time, is an in-depth, factual look at the entire art of ninjutsu, including emergence of the ninja warriors and philosophy in feudal Japan; detailed historical events; its context in the development of other schools of martial arts; and the philosophies and exercises of the school today.
based on more than ten years of study and translation of authentic Japanese texts, including many that have never before been translated, this is the most comprehensive and accurate study on the art of ninjutsu ever written outside of Japan. This ninja book includes studies of ninjutsu history, philosophy, wisdom, and presents a wide range of information from authors, historians, chronicles and scrolls in order to foster a deep understanding of this "shadowy" art.
For those who train in ninjutsu, for other martial art practitioners, for historians, and for anyone with an interest in Japanese feudal history or Japanese martial arts, The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan shines a light on this enigmatic subject.
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I would not suggest this for a first read on the subject, but for anyone who has done a little bit of reading in the area before and wants to learn more then I do recommend this book highly,
Furthermore I personally could not find any solid proof in it concerning the origin of "Togakure" Ryu or any other on the so called "ninjutsu" ryu included in the bujinkan curriculum. Dr. Zhougari makes an effort to unveil some of the historical data for the reader, however most of the stuff included in the book are already published by other writers such as Turnbull , and Wolfgang Ettig .
I doubt any westerner knows this subject matter better and certainly none i've met are better at conveying it.
If I can update this review when the book finally turns up then great...if not i'll leave another one!
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