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978-0-8048-1656-4 / 9780804816564

The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art

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Publisher:Tuttle Publishing

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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About the book:

Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural powers because of the near-invincibility of their unique and deadly art. In The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art, Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, reveals the secrets that lead to the perception of the ninja as warriors of almost sorcerous skillthe art of invisibility, special tools and weapons, and psychological training enabling the ninja to gain advantage in any situation.

Chapters include:

  • PerspectiveOrigin; Organization; Training; At the Height of Power; The Decline; Ninjutsu in the Modern World
  • Search for the Ninja
  • Unarmed CombatThe Ninja Fists; Fighting Postures; Other Factors
  • WeaponryChains and Cords; Sticks and Staffs; Canes with Concealed Weapons; The Ninja Sword; Throwing Blades
  • The Way of InvisibilitySense Deception; Phantom Steps; Reconnaissance; Blending with the Night; Attacking the Eyes; The Art of Disguise
  • Shadow WarriorsEspionage; Commando Tactics
  • The Realm of the SpiritPsychological Warfare; The Force of the Killer; The Great Harmony

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