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In Search of the Ninja: The Historical Truth of Ninjutsu


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Now available in paperback, the first book to describe the reality of ninja history

Lost in modern myth, false history, and general misinterpretation, the ninja has been misrepresented for many years, but recently, a desire for a more historical view of the ninja has become a popular theme in the history/martial arts community. Providing a rare, accurate view of the ninja, this book is based upon the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team's translations of the major ninja manuals and consists of genuinely new material. Little historical research has been done on the ninja of Japan. Here for the first time the connection of the famous Hattori family warriors with the ninja is explained, the samurai versus ninja myth is dispelled, and the realities of ninja skills are analyzed. Such questions are answered as "How did a ninja work underwater when mining castle walls?" and "How can a bird be used to set fire to the enemy's camp?" The book explores newly discovered connections to ancient Chinese manuals, lost skills, and the hidden Zen philosophy that the ninja followed.

About the Author

Antony Cummins is the author of Conversations with an Assassin, The Illustrated Guide to Viking Martial Arts, To Stand on a Stone, and True Path of the Ninja. He is a martial arts teacher and a specialist on the ninjutsu manuals of Japan, and has released several DVDs as well as working as a host in the documentary The Ninja: Shadow Warriors.

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Cummins, Antony
History Press
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Military-General History
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History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Japan
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Sports and Outdoors » Martial Arts » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Martial Arts » General

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