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Unarmed Fighting Techniques Of The Samurai Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 May 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; Bilingual edition (31 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568365322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568365329
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MASAAKI HATSUMI was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he became the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other martial arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. Hatsumi has taught thousands of students and given instruction to law enforcement agencies all over the world. He has received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He is also the author of many books and DVDs on ninjutsu and budo.


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Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai offers the reader a chance to see the direct transmissions of techniques from the authors collection of densho scrolls.

It is essentially a compilation of written techniques (kata)from all 6 of the practiced Bujinkan schools, and as such consitutes information that has been "kept aside" for many years. Now it is available to everyone.

Dont get to glamoured by this book though. The techniques are not easy to understand if you have not seen them practiced, and there is a lot of variation in the way they are done (in a class)which could cause confusion. In addition, there is no information given with the movements,such as meaning of the name or principle/ idea of the kata, just a short description of the technique (step back, block, strike etc). It is no beginners guide - many kyu grades i have spoken too did not understand it, because they are at a level where they do not need to yet. It is not a training manual, like so many books out there, and has no pictures that would help one study the movements from home. To get the best from this book you need to be training in a Dojo.

As a collection of unarmed techniques, the missing armed techniques are sorely missed, and makes me wonder if another book of armed movements is forthcomming. I do hope so.

This book is best summed up as an excellent reference manual for the unarmed techniques of the schools of Gyokku Ryu, Koto Ryu, Togakure Ryu, Kukishinden Ryu, Takagiyoshin Ryu and Shinden fudo Ryu, but will be of litle use to inexperienced practicioners.

that being said it is well worth having.
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This is not good at all. While there is no doubting the knowledge and experience of the author, the descriptions of the techniques are not clear enough to follow. The problem is that the text is a translation of the original japanese text, with no illustrations. I certainly would not want to move to the left and take the opponent's sword in front of the tsuba with the the fingers as instructed. I think I would get cut. It doesn't even tell me which hand I should get cut - do I turn as I move, or just slide laterally? I don't recommend this book, as it won't help you to understand any of the techniques described (though it might work as a memory aid if you already knew the techniques), but you might possibly be interested in some of the background information. Hatsumi's book on stick fighting is way better, where each technique also has a set of photos as well as a text explanation. I wish the same approach had been followed here.
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Wow! This book is a must have. It explains and clarifies all the questions you still had, have and don't even knew about ninjutsu ninpo. Great pictures, drawings, original scrolls and much more. This is the essence of not only budo or ninjutsu ninpo, but the foundation of it all. A most welcome book for all martial arts practioners, may it be judo or karate, bojutsu or kendo. "Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai" the title reads, but the word "Ninja" should be included as well. A great buy! The print quality is of a high (arts book) level too. You can't go wrong with this one.
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A must for all those who have studdied the samurai /ninja arts.Esoteric writing containing all sorts of knowledge.Aimed at perhaps medium or higher graded student's.
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Anyone into martial arts would like this book, the author is a living grandmaster and has done an excellent job.
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