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this book calls into question many of todays ninjutsu systems...
on 17 March 2011
Being one of the few available translations of the original scrolls to study this book was quite a find.
For quite some years I've struggled to comprehend the presented image of the ninja and this book certainly clarifies much of the reality behind the veil of disguise.
the book itself is clearly open to personal interpretation and requires a certain mindset of understanding.
The text runs through various schools of thought on purpose, beliefs and practices which varied somewhat to the traditional texts of the neighboring samurai.
I was fascinated to understand that the system invariably fit in with the persons natural abilities and therefore questionably used that which was available to each individual as opposed to a predefined syllabus; this would by nature have led to their undoubtable demise.
It was this mass variation which kept the opponent from ever being certain of what they were to overcome when faced with these soldiers.
This knowledge clearly calls much into question about modern available systems and would explain why there is little in the texts regarding physical combat technique.
The best way to describe this book is to read it, not just once or twice but to live it and breathe in the words within the pages until the knowledge is applied into your own resources and translated towards a deeper understanding.
If you've already bought into a legacy this is undoubtably going to open your eyes to a much wider possibility, if you haven't then this is without a doubt the place to start your study of the mysterious masters of scouting and information gathering who saw a very different world than we could ever begin to imagine.