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Suggested Reading for a Beginner
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Hello All!

I am returning to the martial arts after years of inactivity. I have chosen begin training in Bujinkan since this art encompases all of what I am looking for in a martial art. As I embark on this path I would like to accompany my training with a book from Hatsumi Sensei. I would like to know what book written by him that I should read first. In other words, if I was only going to read one book which one should it be and why?

DJ

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I would suggest Hatsumi Sensei's upcoming book, 'Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai'... Available in April, if you pre-order, you get a $35.00 hardcover book for $25.00. Here' a link;

Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai


Here is a link with info on the contents by the translator;

Info on new book

Hav't seen it yet, but if it contains a section titled 'Kihon Happo' you can't go wrong.

Posted on: 2008/2/13 13:19
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I love to read ''ESSENCE OF NINJUTSU''again and again. You can find loads of insights, understandings, techniques, history and stories about Bujinkan tradition.
It is fun to read it as well as it is written that way. Not only pictures of techniques, loads of stories and philosophy as well. You will understand the art, feel the art and go back to ancient times when you read it.
Good book for a beginner or for an expert, a ''must be'' on your library.

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Thank you for the great suggestions!


DJ

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"The Unfettered Mind." By Takuan Soho

An excellent book for martial arts practitioners.

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Ninjutsu History and Tradition is a good history and terms book. Has many kamae pictures and descriptions, fists pictures and descriptions, etc. Also has a lot of information about the weapons and tools used historically and in training.

I think it makes for a good "acclimation" book.

Posted on: 2008/2/14 13:50
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try this(it's not by soke) "Mastery" by george leonard. gives you a great perspective on the path that you take.

still waiting for soke's new book though...

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Ninjutsu History and Tradition is a good history and terms book. Has many kamae pictures and descriptions, fists pictures and descriptions, etc. Also has a lot of information about the weapons and tools used historically and in training.

I think it makes for a good "acclimation" book.


I agree. I actually read this back in the 80's. This should definately be a staple in the library of every martial artist.

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Here is a list of books that I recommend to people: http://www.kihon.com/bookstore/

I used my own little "shuriken" rating system to identify the books I liked better than others. Let me know if you have any suggestions that didn't make the list.

- Joe

Posted on: 2008/3/4 15:36
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Hey Joe!!!

Hasn't it been another decade, so we have to be onstage together again!

I noticed you gave four stars to the book you helped translate... Just a coincidence, but a great book! Regardless of our input...

Does anyone have a good translation of Sensei's book, 'Ima Ninja'??

Posted on: 2008/3/5 0:15
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