Ninja & Their Secret Fighting Art
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Ninja & Their Secret Fighting Art

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In feudal Japan, ninja warriors were credited with supernatural powers of invisibility and ways of learning any secret. They also were feared for their skill in espionage and assassination. Behind these legends is the reality of an ancient, sophisticated, highly systematic martial art: ninjutsu. Perhaps the least understood martial art of Japan, ninjutsu emphasizes natural

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 15th 1989 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1981)
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Hayes has long been one of America's foremost authorities, or at least foremost writers, on ninjutsu and ninjas. My feelings on the man and his writing are mixed: on the one hand, he's written a great deal and he's spent a lot of time in Japan studying under some of the greatest living ninjutsu masters. He ought to know whereof he speaks, certainly. On the other hand, he rose to fame during the ninja frenzy of the 1980s and a lot of his writing has a New Age style of overwrought prose and absurd...more
Robert Davies
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have read it more than once, I do have the same gripe as many other readers. Essentially I feel the need to take the information with a pinch of salt, considering that much of it comes without cited sources, and the rest of it comes from Hatsumi Masaaki. Although I have no doubt that his system works (rumour has it that instructors in the SAS studied Ninjutsu after all), as far as I am aware, none of Hatsumi Sensei's claims can actually be verified, s...more
Found this for sale at Tattered Cover for $5. It was so worth it. There are photos throughout, and it was a surprisingly engaging read for a book I bought just because of its title and cover (which is not the same cover that Goodreads is showing, sadly). My only issue is that it's not a very detail specific book as far as history goes. There are moments when the author mentions a battle, but instead of describing it in any detail, he just kind of says: and then they won! I wanted a bit more hist...more
Simon B
Jul 06, 2008 Simon B rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The jaded or apathetic athlete
Recommended to Simon by: no-one
Shelves: martial-arts
A great starting point to learn about the ninja. As far as I know this is THE source book which introduced ninja as they are, were and continue to be to America (?the west?).
Marina Andreou
very brilliant book!! finished it in one day! couldn't stop reading! if you're a fan of the ninja tradition and ninjutsu you will definately love this book!!
Good little book, reminds me of my childhood when i really believed i was a ninja. The last chapter on the spirit of the ninja is my favorite.
Keith Miller
Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art by Stephen K. Hayes (1990)
Very informative. Began my lifelong quest in the martial arts.
i am going to be best fight in the world
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Stephen K. Hayes has spent his entire adult life in the pursuit of perfection through the study of the Asian martial arts and spiritual traditions, living and traveling throughout North America, Japan, Europe, the Arctic, China, Tibet, Nepal, and India.

Promoting the benefits of Life Mastery Through Martial Arts, he travels the world as teacher, seminar leader, and lecturer, inspiring others by tra...more
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