Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai
The warrior traditions of Japan's martial history have long inspired awe and respect throughout the world, drawing generations of devotees and admirers. Few would be able to claim more knowledge and authority on these traditions than Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the most famous Ninja grandmaster alive. In this book he explores the essence of various unarmed techniques unique to the Japanese martial arts, known as Budo Taijutsu. These techniques are highly specialized, drawn from a wealth of hidden teachings from the rich heritage of JapanVs various schools.
With his captivating employment of metaphor and allusion, the author follows on from his bestselling works The Way of the Ninja and Advanced Stick Fighting to guide the reader through an array of techniques passed down through the lineages of the great masters. Armed with these techniques, the practitioner will be able to evade or receive an attack even from an opponent wielding a sword, then to punch, kick, and finally to lock or control the body of his opponent. These fighting arts were inherited by the author himself from the master Toshitsugu Takamatsu, and derive from schools as diverse as Gyokko-ryu Kosshi jutsu, Koto-ryu Koppo jutsu, and Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu. Indeed, the techniques have become the basis of a range of other more widely known martial arts, including Jujutsu and Judo.
This is the most comprehensive work by Dr. Hatsumi to date, and will offer the reader a unique insight into some of the lesser known areas of the Japanese martial arts, thus enhancing his understanding of the roots of such arts, as well as enabling him to learn more practical fighting techniques. The author goes beyond mere explanations, and attempts to shine light on the very essence of the spirit of Japanese Budo and Bushido. Including a wealth of photos of the techniques as well as rare drawings, pictures, documents, and hidden scrolls, this book will be an invaluable addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the more esoteric aspects of Japan's venerable martial history.
About the Author
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years, becoming the 34th Grand Master of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. Dr. Hatsumi has taught tens of thousands of individual students as well as instructing at law enforcement agencies all over the world, and received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, and authored many books and DVDs on Ninjutsu and Budo He was for many years vice chairman of Japan Literary Artists'Club.