True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki
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True Path of the Ninja: The Definitive Translation of the Shoninki

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True Path of the Ninja" is the first authoritative translation in English of the "Shoninki"OCothe famous 17th century ninja training manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, author of the most comprehensive modern Japanese version of the "Shoninki," thus making this English translation the closest to the original scrolls. The infor...more
ebook, 180 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Tuttle Publishing (first published January 8th 2004)
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Toby Vance
This is not an instruction manual on ninjutsu fighting techniques, per se. This is more a manual on how to perform clandestine espionage operations, which is also a very important skill of the ninja or shinobi, and which isn't emphasized quite so much in today's ninjutsu dojos. There are various techniques on how to blend with the community, how to distract people, and how to sneak around in enemy territory gathering intelligence. The most intriguing aspect of this book is that it was written in...more
S.J. Pajonas
Very good ninja reference book. I learned a lot from this even to the point of having highlighted and dog-eared practically the whole thing.
Steve Cran
In the 17th century Natori a memeber of one of Japans elite Ninja clans wrote a training manual for Ninjas or Shinobis. The manual in Japanese was called Shoninki. Ninpo translates to way of the ninja and the ninja's way is not just martial arts and assassinations. Although, Shinobi warriors did engage in assassinations there is much more to Ninpo.

The way of the Ninja is all encompassing. Ninja's could be employed by there pay master or war lord to steal something from an enemy or to spy on an e...more
A text about espionage tactics in feudal Japan. Aka its a book about ninjas. It was very short but required me to look up a lot of Japanese terms to understand it well (17th cent. primary text). Discusses everything from what equipment a ninja should carry, to how to read peoples emotions, and lots in between. This text focuses more on sneaking than combat, so there isnt much detail about weaponry use here. If you are interested in the historical, rather than mythological ninja (in the west we t...more
Rahmat Romadon
buku yang sangat berbobot meski tidak setebal buku manual advanced ninja training-nya Stephen K. Hayes (bapak ninjutsu amerika). dalam buku ini kita tidak saja bisa mempelajari bagaimana ninja memfokuskan diri pada target, melainkan dibedah lebih dalam pada strategi2 jitu yang bisa digunakan dalam mempermudah akses kepada target. salah satu poin yang unik dalam buku ini adalah pada bab terakhir ditambahkan essay cara2 menghadapi ninja bagi para samurai yang secara simpel bisa dikatakan essay ant...more
Very good stuff. I know that alot of controversy has surrounded the differing translations, but I didn't read it for that. I learned it to brush up on ninja warfare and techniques, and for that it was an informative read. It gave me a new insight into how the ghost warriors of feudal Japan really got the reputations they have.
Shannon Curtis
If you're looking for something that gives you an indication of the mindset of a ninja, this book does it. I'm a former student of Ninjutsu, and it's interesting to read about this martial art from a historical perspective. It's not a story, it's a philosophy.
Eric Bell
Interesting manual from the middle ages written by a ninja master instructing in the arts of spying, mind control and other ninja skills. Definitely read if you are interested in ninjas.
Pascal Picavet
Interesting from an intellectual point of view, but not very exciting. Nevertheless, provides a unique view to the education of ninjas
I really enjoyed this book, very interesting and informative interpretation of Ninjitsu.

Great book really a blast to the past!
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