- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (16 May 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809246295
- ISBN-13: 978-0809246298
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,84,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training Paperback – 16 May 1988
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Dr. Hatsumi's topics cover the nutritional needs of a ninja, the changing physical attributes of the 'new' ninja, details on training for the novice as well as the advanced student, and the spiritual aspects of ninja training and how it applies to the modern world. With numerous photos, Dr. Hatsumi demonstrates the extemporaneous techniques that flow from his form of training and how some of his top students have developed their own styles of ninjutsu.See all Product description
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The purpose of the Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training is to dispel some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings that have attached themselves to the ancient art of Ninpo / Ninjutsu.
We read of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi's ideas on grading and rank within ninjutsu, and his thoughts on the idea of learning from books and videos. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi recommends watching his videos and reading his books, but also explains the importance of finding an instructor capable of transmitting the feeling and spirit of the art of ninjutsu.
The dialogue between Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi and his students covers many topics. For example Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi speaks to the relationship and role of religions such as Zen, Shugendo, and Mikkyo as they relate to Ninpo / Ninjutsu.
We also read secrets revealed in epigrams, such as Hell gapes beneath the upraised sword... Step In! Heaven is your reward.
We are presented with ideas on the conduct of the practitioner of the art. The true ninja remains ordinary at all times. His skills are not for show or for talk, but for use only at moments when there is a need for defense. He works from balance and therefore strength.
The Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training is quite short in its number of pages - only about 100, but contains a great deal of insight from the Master of Ninjutsu. This book does not teach the reader physical techniques, rather it gives the reader a glimpse of the essence of Ninpo / Ninjutsu as practiced by the leading practitioner of the art today.