Ninjutsu: History and Tradition Paperback – 1 Mar 1982
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It talks about the history of ninjutsu, the sokes (headteachers/grand masters), weaponry, the TRUE meaning to be a ninja, how it all came about and it even throws in some moves and stances.
If you are serious about studying ninjutsu, this book is great - especially for people who have been to a couple of lessons before hand.
If you are THINKING about studying ninjutsu, and you want this book to help you decide, I think it is best to just go to a lesson - no words can describe how it feels.
After reading this I realized what I was doing wrong, as it teaches you not to hold the technique in memory, but to drop it from your conscious mind and let it become a natural movement in the unconscious mind. It's also cleared up a lot of my mistakes, taught me some extra moves and I've learned about the history of the ninja.
This book by Dr. Maasaki Hatsumi (34th Grandmaster of the Togakura ryu school of ninjutsu) is probably the most helpful information I've found outside the dojo. But don't think that you can learn ninjutsu just from reading books; it takes dedication, endurance and intention to learn (in other words, the best training possible is physically training with someone who knows the martial art). For anyone who is looking to learn the history of the ninja or is struggling in their training, I highly recommend this book. For anyone hoping to learn ninjutsu from simply reading books, although this does teach some techniques, it's not as in-depth as other books.