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The Book of Ninja
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The Book of Samurai: Book One Fundamental Teachings

Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami have brought the teachings of the famed samurai school Natori-Ryu back to life through The Book of Samurai series, and present the lost arts of the samurai in the English language for the first time.

 

BOOK ONE is a translation of two secret scrolls and establishes the Fundamental Teachings of a samurai student, revealing the basic traditions of Natori-Ryu. The first scroll, Heika Jodan, contains 290 lessons that define the baseline for samurai during times of peace, a time which is considered as preparation for war, focusing each student on expanding their own ability and conduct, giving them the mind-set needed for any battles to come.

 

The second scroll, Ippei Yoko, moves the student onto the field of battle, giving them an understanding of what is expected of them during a campaign of war and providing the necessary guidance for samurai who are to take up arms for the first time. These first two Natori-Ryu documents are an in-depth and detailed account of the practicality of samurai warfare, opening up the lost world of these Japanese warriors to all modern readers.

The Book of Ninja
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The Book Of Ninja: The Bansenshukai - Japan's Premier Ninja Manual

The Book of Ninja, the ultimate ninjutsu manual, was penned in 1676 by a ninja known as Fujibayashi. Born in the post-civil war era of Japan, Fujibayashi collected and combined information from the ninja clans of Iga - regarded to be the homeland of the ninja - and compiled it into an authoritative book. Known as The Bansenshukai, this book has now been translated into English by the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team.

The Book of Ninja begins with an in-depth introduction to the history of the times. The heart of the text takes us into the secrets of guerilla warfare and espionage. We learn spycraft, mission planning, concealment tactics, and infiltration techniques. We put on the mindset of a warrior. And those wishing to attain the highest levels of ninjutsu can discover how to kidnap enemies, perform night raids, make secret codes, and utilize the Ninja's system of divination.

The Book of the Ninja is the final say in the world of the ninja and the ultimate classic for samurai and ninja enthusiasts alike.

Did Ninjas really wear black? Read the Book of Ninja to find out.

 

Iga and Koka Ninja Skills
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Iga and Koka Ninja Skills: The Secret Shinobi Scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori

 

Translated for the first time are the secret manuals of the oral tradition of the Iga and Koka Ninja, feared and respected across Japan for centuries

 

"A retainer of our domain, Renpeido Chikamatsu Hikonoshin Shigenori, each morning washed his face and hands, dressed himself in Hakama and prayed in front of the kamidana alter. . . . His prayer was thus: 'Please afford me success in war.' He kept to this routine all through his life."

 

Through patient and scholarly detective work, Antony Cummins and the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team have unearthed a Shinobi treasure in Chikamatsu's lost scrolls. The 18th-century military historian, Chikamatsu, recorded the oral traditions of the Ninja and passed on those skills in lectures he gave at his Renpeido school of war in Owari domain during the early 1700s. Chikamatsu wrote specifically about the Shinobi of Iga and Koka, regions from which warriors were hired all over the land in the days of war. The lost scrolls are filled with unknown Shinobi teachings, skills that include infiltration, assassination, explosives, magic, and commando tactics, and includes an in depth commentary on Sun Tzu's famous 13th chapter, "The Use of Spies."

 

 

Samurai War Stories
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Samurai War Stories: Teachings and Tales of Samurai Warfare

The first English translation of 17th-century Japanese Samurai works which have never been out of print in Japan since printing was invented
 
Enter the world of 17th-century Japanese warfare and the warrior elite, the Samurai. This is a collection of three major texts, published in English translation for the first time. These works include writings on the three distinct military strata: the Samurai, the Ashigaru or foot soldier, and women in war. They include guidelines, tactics, commentaries, and advice written by Samurai of the period, as well as intricate illustrations. Narratives of actual battles and sieges are included in the texts, such as the famous Battle of Sekigahara. This collection is an invaluable resource that sheds new light on the world of the legendary Japanese warrior.

 

Samurai and Ninja
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Samurai and Ninja: The Real Story Behind the Japanese Warrior Myth that Shatters the Bushido Mystique

The myths of the noble Samurai and the sinister Ninja are filled with romantic fantasy and fallacy.

Samurai and Ninja expert Antony Cummins shatters the myths and exposes the true nature of these very real—and very lethal—medieval Japanese warriors. The Samurai and Ninja were in fact brutal killing machines trained in torture and soaked in machismo. Many were skilled horsemen and sword-fighting specialists, while others were masters of deception and sabotage. Some fought for loyalty, others for personal gain. What these warriors all shared in common was their unflinching personal bravery, skill and brutality.

In Samurai and Ninja, Cummins separates myth from reality and shows why the Japanese were the greatest warriors of all time:

  • He describes the Samurai and the Ninja as they really were in earlier times when battles raged across Japan—not in later times when war became obsolete and Japanese warriors became philosophers, scholars and courtiers.
  • He describes the social context of the day and the feudal world into which the warriors were trained to fight and die for their lords.
  • He exposes the essentially brutal nature of warfare in medieval Japan.

This book is illuminated by many rare Japanese manuscripts and texts which are translated into English for the very first time.

 

In Search of the Ninja
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In Search of the Ninja

In Search of the Ninja is the hunt for the illusive Japanese figure known as the shinobi, Japan’s premier spies and guerrilla fighters. The ninja is an image and idea that has
become a household subject, known across the world and understood by all. This popularity does not separate fact from fiction, therefore, here for the first time, the shinobi as a historical military figure has been investigated and recorded, separating truth from untruth.

 

Using original ninja scrolls and working from documentation of the period, Antony Cummins takes you on a journey through the ninja’s origins and birth in China, to their glorious heyday in the Warring Periods of Japan and through to their final decline and fall in the restoration of power to the Imperial government. Packed with medieval quotations and extracts, the skills of the ninja and their position in espionage and war are fleshed out, bringing about a truth on this dark section of military history.

 

Included in this volume are translations of previously unknown and famous ninja documents, such as; the Rodanshu scroll, the fire skills of the ninja of Iga province -
the homeland of the shinobi - and the sad reflections on the fall of the ninja and way of Koka warriors by the famous samurai strategist Shigenori Chikamatsu and his master.

 

True Path of the Ninja
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True Path of the Ninja

True Path of the Ninja is the first authoritative translation in English of the Shoninki — the famous 17th century ninja training manual. Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami worked closely with Dr. Nakashima Atsumi, author of the most comprehensive modern Japanese version of the Shoninki, thus making this English translation the closest to the original scrolls.

The information and insights found in this translation are invaluable for understanding the skills, techniques and mentality of the historical ninja. Whether it’s tips for surviving in the wild, advice on intelligence-gathering techniques, or methods for creating chaos in the enemy camp, the True Path of the Ninja unveils secrets long lost. Along with its practical applications, this book is an important guide to the mental discipline that a ninja must have to ensure success in accomplishing their mission.

In addition to the translation of the Shoninki, this book also includes the first written record of the oral tradition “Defense Against a Ninja” taught by Risuke Otake, the revered sensei of the legendary Katori Shinto Ryu school of swordsmanship. Sensei reveals for the first
time these ancient and traditional teachings on how the samurai can protect himself from the cunning wiles of a ninja.

Secret Traditions Of the Shinobi
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The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi - Hattori Hanzo's Shinobi Hiden and other Ninja Scrolls

The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi is a collection of three of the most profound historical works on ninjutsu to have come out of Japan. They have been brought together here for the first time to an English speaking audience and contain some of the greatest ninja secrets to have ever been written down.

 

These works are: The three Shinobi Scrolls of the Gunpo Jiyoshu samurai manual, written in or before 1612, a document approved by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first great shogun of Japan, The Yoshimori Hyakushu or the Shinobi-uta which consists of 100 ninja poems that have been attributed to the 12th century tactician, Yoshimori and are considered to be the oldest teachings on ninjutsu to exist and finally the Ninpiden or Secret Ninja Transmission by Hattori Hanzo & Others in which the main body of the work is dated to 1560 and is considered to be one of the three great ninja manuals.

 

Together these sort after scrolls will take you into the world of medieval Japan and divulge the shinobi secrets of espionage, ninja battlefield tactics and much more.

 

Secret Traditions Of the Shinobi
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Secrets of the Ninja: The Shinobi Teachings of Hattori Hanzo

This historically grounded manga follows the ninja Nagata Saburo as he teaches his son, Hisaaki, the weapons, secret tactics, and values of the ninja. Based on the real-life writings of the famous ninja Hattori Hanzo, Secrets of the Ninja combines a familiar coming-of-age story with a historically accurate background of political intrigue and Sengoku-period Japanese culture. As Hisaaki grows from boy to man, Wilson skillfully interweaves real lessons, weapons, and skills used by ninja in feudal Japan, depicted with detail by artist Akiko Shimojima. 

All of the tactics Saburo teaches to his son are drawn from the Shinobi Hiden, the most famous of the "ninja scrolls" written by Hattori Hanzo, general to the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu and one of the most famous warriors in Japan. These scrolls provided practical instruction for professional ninja, but they also provide insightful theories of social relationships and human interaction, studying the nature of deception, falsehood, and self-protection. An extensive supplementary section written by Antony Cummins provides fascinating details on these scrolls and their practical lessons. Accessible, insightful, and exciting, Secrets of the Ninja is the perfect introduction to the world of samurai and shinobi warfare.

Viking Martial Arts
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The Illustrated Guide to Viking Martial Arts

The Viking shield wall is famed battle strategy, tens and hundreds of men interlocked, reliant on their neighbours for survival. What are less well known are the actual techniques used in solo hand-to-hand combat, duels, and other forms of close-quarter engagements.

 

Based on the comprehensive analysis of Viking sagas and other period sources, this is the first book to present a step-by-step martial system. It reveals the hitherto hidden world of Viking combat, ranging from the techniques involved in thrust, block, and cut, to weapons used, the limitations of period armour, and the range of wounds suffered by combatants.

 

Based on the sagas and writings of the Vikings themselves, this book represents one of the earliest fighting manuals in the world, and a fascinating insight to the warriors who were the scourge of Dark Age Europe.

Natori Ryu Blank Workbook
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Natori Ryu - Blank Workbook

Warning: This is a blank product.

 

The Natori-Ryu Blank Workbook is a notebook created for Natori-Ryu Students. Each student works from the Book of Samurai Series and makes notes and drawings in the pages provided.

 

This book has been produced to give Natori-Ryu students a place to record their skills and also as a way to help fund the school. Consider the purchase of this book a donation to Natori-Ryu.

 

Bansenshukai Blank Workbook
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Bansenshukai - Blank Workbook

Warning: This product is a blank workbook.

 

The Bansenshukai is a historical ninjutsu manual which was written by a shinobi named Fujibayashi Yasutake and which has been published in English by the Historical Ninjutsu Research Team under the title; Book of Ninja.

 

This Bansenshukai: Blank Workbook is designed so that students of the historical ninjutsu manual can make notes, plan out situations, interpret the text and illustrate their own research and study.

 

The Bansenshukai is not a manual for simply reading at leisure, instead it is a text book that should be studied in depth. Students of ninjutsu can use copies of this blank workbook to record their journey through the teachings of
Fujibayshi, allowing them to keep their lesson notes for years to come and reflect back on their progress.

This blank workbook has been designed so that your study can continue over many volumes. Simply insert the number of this volume into the white squares provided and move on to the next Bansenshukai: Blank Workbook when this one is complete.
There is no end to the study of ninjutsu, making the recording of your notes extremely important. Now you have a beautiful place to keep those notes and expand your training, building on each stage as you acquire the art of
ninjutsu.

Shoninki
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Shoninki - The Japanese Text

This edition of the Shoninki is the manual in it's original Japanese form, to be used as a conpendium with the English translation "True Path of the Ninja".

 

The version of the ninja manual used here is the one currently located in the Tokyo National Diet Library and is considered to be a 1743 transcription of the the original 1681 manuscript.

 

The original Japanese text found within these pages is a reference for any serious Japanese researcher, Ninjutsu student, or martial arts collector.

 

When being used in tandum with the English translation, students will find all the necessary additional information to help them explore the writings of Natori Masatake and the Ninjutsu curiculum of the Natori-Ryu.

 

Please note this is a Japanese language product.

Shinobi Hiden
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Shinobi Hiden - The Japanese Text

This edition of the Shinobi Hiden is the manual in it’s original Japanese form, to be used as a com- pendium with the English translation “Secret Traditions of the Ninja.”
The version of the ninja manual used here is an early 18th century transcription.

 

The original Japanese text found within these pages is a reference for any serious Japanese researcher, Ninjutsu student, or martial arts collector.

 

When being used in tandum with the True Ninja Traditions, students will find all the necessary additional information to help them explore the writings of Hattori Hanzo and the Ninjutsu curiculum of the Nin- piden.

 

Please note this is a Japanese language product.

Volume 1
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Bansenshukai part one - The Japanese Text

This edition is part one of three volumes of the Bansenshukai ninja manual in its original Japanese form, to be used as a compendium with the English translation "The Book of Ninja".

 

The version of the ninja manual used here is the one currently located in the National Archives of Japan and is a transcription of the original from 1676. The original Japanese text found within these pages is a reference for any serious Japanese researcher, ninjutsu student, or martial arts collector.

 

When being used in tandem with the above translation, students will find all the necessary additional information to help them explore the writings of Fujibayashi Yasutake and his ninjutsu curriculum.

 

This is a Japanese language product. Due to the vastness of full Bansenshukai ninja manual it has been divided into three volumes – this is volume one.

Volume 2
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Bansenshukai part two - The Japanese Text

This edition is part two of three volumes of the Bansenshukai ninja manual in its original Japanese form, to be used as a compendium with the English translation "The Book of Ninja".

 

The version of the ninja manual used here is the one currently located in the National Archives of Japan and is a transcription of the original from 1676. The original Japanese text found within these pages is a reference for any serious Japanese researcher, ninjutsu student, or martial arts collector.

 

When being used in tandem with the above translation, students will find all the necessary additional information to help them explore the writings of Fujibayashi Yasutake and his ninjutsu curriculum.

 

This is a Japanese language product. Due to the vastness of full Bansenshukai ninja manual it has been divided into three volumes – this is volume two.

Volume 3
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Bansenshukai part three - The Japanese Text

This edition is part three of three volumes of the Bansenshukai ninja manual in its original Japanese form, to be used as a compendium with the English translation "The Book of Ninja".

 

The version of the ninja manual used here is the one currently located in the National Archives of Japan and is a transcription of the original from 1676. The original Japanese text found within these pages is a reference for any serious Japanese researcher, ninjutsu student, or martial arts collector.

 

When being used in tandem with the above translation, students will find all the necessary additional information to help them explore the writings of Fujibayashi Yasutake and his ninjutsu curriculum.

 

This is a Japanese language product. Due to the vastness of full Bansenshukai ninja manual it has been divided into three volumes – this is volume Three.