The Way of the Ninja

Secret Techniques

  • Masaaki Hatsumi
The Way of the Ninja

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN10: 1-56836-591-8
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-591-6
Release date: March 5, 2019

List price: $27.95

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A Ninja was someone whose very existence expressed the spirit of Budō. He would protect himself with techniques not of assassination but rather of sensation and an acute awareness of his natural surroundings. He would avoid unnecessary conflict, and even if armed with a blade, would find a way to win without staining it. These are the true techniques of Ninjutsu, and the art in which Ninja persistently trained.

Ninja exercised endurance throughout their secretive lives in order to protect their families, their clans, and their country. Their harsh training endowed them with a tough but pliant spirit, and martial skills suitable for coping with any situation, together with a sense of awareness that had universal application.

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Ph. D, is the most famous Ninja grandmaster in the world today. In this book, he explains the essence, truth, and wisdom of Ninjutsu, an art of a thousand forms and innumerable variations. Through perceptive observations and many detailed pictures, the author reveals the hidden reality behind this mysterious and fascinating martial art. The Way of the Ninja will help widen readers’ perceptions and deepen their understanding of two essential principles. One is that Ninjutsu is the very backbone of the martial arts; the other, that Ninjutsu reveals their true spiritual significance.

Reviews
“The book itself is a kin do ‘secret document’ with many hidden teachings in the from of metaphors or explanations that contain obscure meanings. …This is no oversight. Hatsumi intentionally did this as a way to get the reader to ponder the techniques more deeply. Almost like a Zen koan.” —Journal of Asian Martial Arts
 
“Through perceptive observations and many detailed pictures, Dr. Hatsumi reveals the hidden reality behind this mysterious and fascinating martial art. The Way of the Ninja will help widen readers’ perceptions and deepen their understanding of two essential principles. One is that Ninjutsu is the very back bone of the martial arts; the other, that Ninjutsu reveals their true spiritual significance. —Cultral News
 
“…no stunts: They’re the real thing!” —Asian Week
 
About the Author
Born in 1931, Masaaki Hatsumi progressed through various martial arts before meeting his mentor Takamatsu Toshitsugu. He studied with Toshitsugu for fifteen years, becoming the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryū Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which Hatsumi unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as law enforcement professionals, he received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. Hatsumi continues to teach and hold workshops on ninjutsu.