Statement About Ninjutsu
The Historical Ninjutsu Research Team would like to be clear to their readers. Ninjutsu as a set of skills documented in historical manuals concentrate on Japanese espionage that are kept within a historical context and not the modern concept of Ninjutsu as a martial art. While the team do not disrespect anyone who ‘claims’ to learn the contemporary art of ‘Ninpo Taijutsu’ it must be clear that this is not what is meant by Ninjutsu in relation to this page.
Antony Cummins is a historical Ninjutsu researcher and author. Antony’s sources include the following manuals, among others.
True Path of the Ninja (The Shoninki)
The Shoninki was written in 1681 by Natori Masazumi who was the head tactician for the Kishi-Tokugawa clan. This work has been published under the English title True Path of the Ninja.
The Book of the Ninja (The Bansenshukai)
The Bansenshukai needs little or no introduction to a Ninjutsu audience, written in 1676 by Fujibayashi Yasutake. It is the premier manuscript for Ninjutsu research. It consists of 11 books, which include 23 volumes on Ninjutsu and military strategy. Published in English under the title The Book of the Ninja – 2013
The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi (The Shinobi Hiden)
The Shinobi Hiden was written by the Hattori family and others and is considered one of the oldest Shinobi manuals. Published in English as The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi; this the book also contains translations of the three ninja scrolls of the Gunpo Jiyoshu military manual, the 100 Shinobi Poems of Yoshimori and a Koka Ryu Ninjutsu Scroll.
The Cummins Collection
The Shinobi Scrolls Used by the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team
The Historical Ninjutsu Research Team, headed by Antony Cummins, are dedicated to the preservation of historical shinobi no jutsu and samurai war tactics. The following information is a partial list of the scrolls and manuals that the team have collected over their years of research, displaying the origins of the information they produce in English. As more team publications are released, the listings will increase to represent their full works.
Original Ninja Scrolls
This first section is a list of original antique manuscripts owned by Antony Cummins. Some are full manuals dedicated to shinobi no jutsu while others contain teachings which pertain to the shinobi.
Mizukagami水かゞ美 – undated transcription
Full Ninja Scrolls
This section of the Cummins Collection is a set of complete historical Japanese manuals that contain shinobi no jutsu or instructions and directions for using shinobi in a military capacity. Both, quality and quantity vary from manual to manual, some being fundamental and core texts, while others are unverified or of unknown origin. Also, this list is a reduced inventory and does not represent the full amount of manuals used by the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team and only names those manuals which have been published in English or are well known to the research community. Further scrolls in the collection will be named on the publication of their contents in English.
Bansenshukai萬川集海 – 1676 (multiple editions)
Iga-ryu Kanpo Mizukagami no Maki 伊賀流間法水鏡之巻 – Unknown Date
Iga-ryu Shinobi No Jutsu Kakushibi no Maki伊賀流忍術隠火之巻 – Unknown Date
Iga- ryu Gunjutsu Youkano Maki伊賀流軍術要火之巻 - 1728
Gunpo Jiyoshu 軍法侍用集 – c.1612
Koka Ryu Densho 甲賀流伝書 – Unknown Date
Koka Shinobi No Den No Miraiki甲賀忍之傳未来記 – 1719
Murasame Daihi No Maki村雨大秘巻 - 1715
Ninjutsu Ogiden 忍術應義傳 – 1586
Ninjutsu Ogiden No Maki忍術應義傳之巻- 1840
Shinobi Hiden 忍秘伝-1560
Shinobi Hiden 忍秘伝-1560 (the extended Nagata edition – two transcriptions)
Shoninki 正忍記 – 1681 (the National Diet Library Transcription)
Toryu Dakko Shinobi no Maki 當流奪口忍之巻 – Edo Period
Yoshimori Hyakushu 義盛百首 – c. 13th century - 1612
Incidental Ninja Scrolls
This section of the collection lists those scrolls which contain ninjutsu or comments on the ninja. Predominantly, this section is a compilation of military manuals that deal with tactics and encompass varying levels of commentary on the shinobi.
Choken Jutsu Hiden 町見術秘伝 – 19th century (Kawagoe)
Gunjutsu Kikigaki軍術聞書 – c. 1641-1700
Jugon Ho 呪禁法 – 1822 (volume two)
Kusunoki Masashige Ikkan no sho 楠正成一巻書 - c.17th century
Omi Onkoroku - 淡海温故録 1684-1687
Rodanshu 老談集 - 1846
Partial Documents and Fragments
This section of the collection is a compilation of single pages or fragments of scrolls which are unavailable in full or owned by private collectors who have only released small sections of the work to the public.
Dakko Shinobi no Maki Ryakuchu 奪口忍之巻略註– Edo Period
Fukashima Ryu Mitsunin no Chu Sho 福嶋流蜜忍之註書 – 1774
Iga-ryu Koka Ryu Shinobi Hiden 伊賀流甲賀流竊奸秘伝 – Edo period
Iga-ryu Ninpo Gokuhi no maki 伊賀流忍法極秘之巻 - 1716
Igazuke Sashidashi Chu 伊賀付差出帳 – 1636
Inko-Ryu Ninpo Chusho Tsuketari Chokaden引光流忍法註書附長家伝 - 1774
Koka Ryu Bujutsu 甲賀流武術 – Edo Period
Kusunoki Ryu Ninpo Dakko Shinobi no Maki Chu 楠流忍法奪口忍之巻註– Edo Period.
Ninpo Sho Ka-zamurai Techo 忍法書賀士手牒 - 1720
Onmitsuhiji Shinobi-dai 隠密秘事忍大意 – 1724
Ninpo Mizu Kagami 忍法水鏡 – 1798
Shinobi no Maki Te Kagami 忍之巻手鏡 – Edo Period
Tsugeke Shinobi no Jutsu Hidensho柘植家忍術秘伝書 - 1675
All of the manuals in the Cummins Collection which are not found in the first list are copies of the original manuals or are transcriptions, all of which are in either digital and/or modern hard copy formats.
Secondary Sources on Ninjutsu
While the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team endeavours to work from primary sources alone, there are a small collection of published works in Japanese that hold value for research purposes and copies are owned by Cummins.
Kosho Ninja Monogatari – Tamura Etaro 1988
Ninja – Tobei Shinjuro 1978
Shinobi no Sata no Kuroku – Ishikawa Masatomo 1981
Shoninki – Kimura Sanjiro 1988
Shoninki – Nakashima Atsumi 1996
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