The Ninja

The Ninja : Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan (The Secret History of Ninjutsu)

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Ninjutsu is the most renowned and misunderstood of all martial arts. The long history of ninjutsu is often murky; surrounded by mystery and legend. Here, for the first time, is an in-depth, factual look at the entire art of ninjutsu, including the emergence of the ninja warriors and philosophy in feudal Japan; detailed historical events; its context in the development of other schools of martial arts; and the philosophies and exercises of the school today.

Based on more than ten years of study and translation of authentic Japanese texts, including many that have never before been translated, this is the most comprehensive and accurate study on the art of ninjutsu ever written outside of Japan. This ninja book includes studies of ninjutsu history, philosophy, wisdom, and presents a wide range of information from authors, historians, chronicles and scrolls in order to foster a deep understanding of this "shadowy" art.

For those who train in ninjutsu, for other martial art practitioners, for historians, and for anyone with interest in Japanese feudal history or Japanese martial arts, The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan shines a light on this enigmatic subject.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 190 x 252 x 20mm | 739.35g
  • Tuttle Publishing
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • over 120 b&w photos and illus throughout with a 16-page color insert
  • 0804839271
  • 9780804839273
  • 201,642

About Kacem Zoughari

Kacem Zoughari is a researcher on Japanese studies and holds a Ph.D. in the history of Japanese classical martial arts. Zoughari is an internationally recognized authority on the Japanese martial arts and is also a licensed instructor of Ninjutsu. He conducts seminars in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Shihan Christopher Davy holds a tenth-degree black belt under Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi Soke of Japan. He has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years.
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"Dr. Zoughari's visionary work connects old ways with the new, breathing life and new meaning into an often controversial subject in a way that benefits all who will read these pages." -Shihan Christopher Davy, from his Foreword "His translation of Takamatsu's autobiography, albeit short, was powerful to me...The art shown in the book is beautiful and adds context to the text." blog
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