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Which books would you recommend?
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What reading material would recomnend for a newby and for a kyu rake to read?
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Re: Which books would you recommend?
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Here’s a minimal list of the books that introduce what I think are the key concepts in history/cultural context/mechanics/philosophy needed for further study.

I think Hatsumi sensei’s Kodansha books are excellent reading (thanks in no small part to Doug Wilson's involvement) but a little background might be needed for the best understanding. I didn’t find many of the other Bujinkan specific books as well written or as helpful.

***= Read first
Ninpo: Wisdom for Life
Togakure Ninjutsu (Translation)**
Hatsumi sensei

In the Dojo **
Autumn Lightening
Persimmon Wind
Dave Lowry

Fighting Spirt of Japan**
EJ Harrison

Living the Martial Way**
Forrest Morgan

Budo Mind and Body: Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts**
Nicklaus Suino

Classical Bujutsu: Martial Arts And Ways Of Japan, Volume 1 (Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, V. 1.)
Donn F. Draeger

Dueling With O’Sensei
Old School
Ellis Amdur

Culture

Kata: The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese!
by Boye Lafayette De Mente

Mirror, Sword and Jewel
by Kurt Singer

The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master
by Takuan Soho

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Re: Which books would you recommend?
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Almost forgot to list Hatsumi sensei's Kodansha books (for future thread searchers):
The Way Of The Ninja: Secret Techniques
Japanese Sword Fighting: Secrets of the Samurai
Advanced Stick Fighting
Stick Fighting
Hatsumi sensei

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Re: Which books would you recommend?
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Mr. Lohstroh, thanks for pointing out non-Bujinkan books which are still very applicable to our art. Both Lowry and Draeger have written quite large number of books and articles spanning several decades. Although criticized at times, I do enjoy reading Lowry's writings. I haven't read alot of Draeger, but it does seem that both men have really tried to help us westerners understand Japanese culture and martial arts. I do recommend them highly.

Thanks!

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Thanks for the input.Does any one else have a list or does any instructor have a must read list for their dojo? Do you think that with all the dvd's and videos out there that maybe people are shying away from the older maybe 'out of date' books. Do you think that Sokes new current books are too deep for beginners?

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ninjutsu: history and tradition .. hatsumi

essence of ninjutsu: the 9 traditions ... dr. masaaki hatsumi

book of 5 rings .....miyamoto musashi


after reading those you will have a good idea
which books to seek next .


hope this helps

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Maybe all books are in part too deep for the beginners And some parts are more clear... As with everything, there's something for everyone, methinks...

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This is one of the great, but also frustrating, things about this art. There are many great sources out there (along with a bunch of terrible ones). You really need to re-read these every year or so because you are at a different place in your training and you will get different insights. The problem is, you need to do a lot more training than reading books, so getting these cool insights may actually slow your progression. If you can do both, maybe you have figured out how to enter the gateless gate.

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The reason for my topic is that I have a dojo that I run and for the newbes that stop by to inquire about reading material for info. So asking around at other dojos or of people who teach I find that we all have different lists.
And I thought I would ask here to see what others thought should be read. Thanks for the replies so far.
Barry

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May I add a title to the list? Here's a scholarly work that gives a good overview of one period of Japanese history and the arts, weapons and philosophy that arose in Feudal Japan. The authors treat on ninjutsu very briefly, but the whole book gives a context for the origins, ways of life and background for martial arts in general. It's a tough read, and likely better for a student who's already interested in martial skills, their origins and history -

Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook
ISBN 0785810730

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