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True Path of the Ninja: Translation of the Shoninki, a 17th Century Ninja Training Manual

True Path of the Ninja: Translation of the Shoninki, a 17th Century Ninja Training Manual


By (author) Antony Cummins, By (author) Yoshie Minami

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 19mm | 254g
  • Publication date: 10 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Kanagawa
  • ISBN 10: 4805311142
  • ISBN 13: 9784805311141
  • Illustrations note: 27 Black and White Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 75,477

Product description

"True Path of the Ninja" is the first authoritative translation in English of the "Shoninki"--the 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 information and insights found in this translation are invaluable for understanding the skills, techniques and mentality of the historical ninja. Whether it involved tips for surviving in the wild, advice on intelligence-gathering techniques, or methods for creating chaos in the enemy camp, the "True Path of the Ninja" unveils secrets long lost. Along with its practical applications, this book is an important guide to the mental discipline that a ninja must have to ensure success in accomplishing their mission. In addition to the translation of the "Shoninki," this book also includes the first written record of the oral tradition "Defense Against a Ninja" taught by Otake Risuke, the revered sensei of the legendary Katori Shinto Ryu school of swordsmanship. Sensei reveals for the first time these ancient and traditional teachings on how the samurai can protect himself from the cunning wiles of a ninja.

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Author information

Antony Cummins is a world renowned ninja historian, whose works have included the translating of the most authentic ninja documents available to modern man. His background as an archaeologist and historian gives him a unique insight to the mysterious world of the ninja. A trained martial artist, he is the author of several books on ninja and martial arts, including: "Shinobi Soldiers" and "To Stand on a Stone: 50 Fundamental Principles of Martial Arts." Yoshie Minami has a B.A. in Linguistics from the International Christian University and is a member of the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team. She currently lives in Saitama, Japan.

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."..the first definitive English-language translation of the "Shoninki."--Metropolis