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In this book, the author explains the essence, truth, and wisdom of Ninjitsu, an art of a thousand forms and innumerable variations. Through his writing and many detailed pictures, the author reveals the hidden reality behind this fascinating martial art. A Ninja was someone whose very existence expressed the spirit of Budo. He would protect himself with techniques t of assassination but rather of sensation and an acute awareness of his natural surroundings. He would avoid unnecessary conflict, and even if armed with a blade, would find a way to win without staining
Dr. MASAAKI HATSUMI was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years, becoming 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as law enforcement agencies, he received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, and as the author of many books on Ninjutsu, was for many years Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists' Club. BEN JONES After winning a scholarship to Oxford University to study Japanese, he moved to Japan and trained in the Bujinkan, interpreting for Dr. Hatsumi at seminars around the world. Former head of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting's Japanese Network, he now runs a successful translation and typesetting business from his home in Kent, UK.