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Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai [Hardcover]

By Masaaki Hatsumi, Mizuho Kuwata (Photographer), Minoru Hirata (Photographer), Doug Wilson (Translator) & Bruce Appleby (Translator)
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In Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai, world-renowned ninja grandmaster and bestselling author Masaaki Hatsumi explains the fundamentals of various unarmed techniques unique to the Japanese martial arts. Known as budo taijutsu, these specialized moves allow the practitioner to evade and receive an attack even from an opponent wielding a sword. Hatsumi covers such topics as Kihon Happo (Eight Basic Movements), Kosshijutsu (Attacks Against Muscles), Koppojutsu (Attacks Against Bones), Jutaijutsu (Flexible Body Arts), Daken Taijutsu (Fist Punching and Striking), Ninpo Taijutsu (Bodily Arts of the Ninja), discussing and demonstrating the many techniques which will enable the fighter to punch, kick and finally lock or control the body of his adversary.

As Hatsumi tells us, the techniques have been secretly passed down from the masters to their students for more than a century, and have become the foundations for a range of other martial arts including judo, karate and aikido. This book will thus enhance the readers understanding of the roots of these various disciplines as well as provide fascinating insights into the spirit of the way of the warrior and the martial arts. Includes over 300 step-by-step photos and rare drawings.

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Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 15, 2008
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770030592  
ISBN13  9784770030597  

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After progressing through various martial arts, Masaaki Hatsumi found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years. Hatsumi became the 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 was the Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists' Club. Hatsumi is the author of many of Kodansha's best-selling martial arts books.

Masaaki Hatsumi was born in 1931.

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This is a Densho  Aug 8, 2008
A Densho is a japanese scroll detailing the techniques of a ryu (school) of martial arts. As such, this book has a lot of words and pictures but without the knowledge and training to put it all together, it probably won't make any sense to you. Bujinkan members will appreciate this book. Don't expect it to be a how to type of book, it's more of a list of techniques for each of the 9 ryus with a basic description and several pictures and anecdotes from Soke Hatsumi. That said, I love this book, there are so many little things about it that keep me thinking late at night like why did he put a picture by Salvador Dali on page 38. Excellent Book! I bought two copies so I can ruin one reading it over and over and keep one on the shelf.
A Glimpse at the Magic!  Jul 25, 2008
If you've ever met Hatsumi Sensei face to face, and even just exchanged a few short words, you can just feel something amazing about the man. This book is a must for anyone's martial arts library.
The Importance of Floating in a Shop of Crystal  Jul 24, 2008
The anticipation on the various forums for this book has been enormous. A common theme for this anticipation has been the book's capacity as a 'reference manual' for the Bujinkan. Suffice as to say, there is only one reference manual in the Bujinkan and that is Hatsumi-sensei himself.

Everything that Hatsumi-sensei says in his books, DVDs and in person goes against the commonly perceived notion of 'reference manuals'. This art, in Hatsumi-sensei's own words, can only be learnt by the heart, directly with a person who has the feeling of Budo. In the Bujinkan, this person is Hatsumi-sensei.

In terms of the book itself, despite the efforts of the translators, I feel that large swathes of the English translation fail to capture the beauty of the original Japanese text. The Japanese text included in the book is a work of art and it seems to me that it would take another artist to be able to bring out the sense of Hatsumi-sensei's art. A lot of the text refers to the nature of the individual learning this art and the relationship of such an individual with a master of the art.

The photos included in the book, in my opinion, do more to help the reader understand Hatsumi-sensei's teachings than any text ever could. There are some lovely shots of Soke and his teacher Takamatsu-sensei. In terms of budo and art, the spaces inherent in these photos are stunning.

On the back cover of this book, there is a quote, "You should not just read the records of Budo and think you have understood it. Budo only has substance in a world of great dignity."

If the reader bears this warning in mind, the true value of the book will become evident.
New Bujinkan Instructor's Manual  Jul 17, 2008
In my opinion this book is set up like an instructor's reference manual, an advanced version of the Ten Chi Jin Ryaku No Maki, the original shidoshi scrolls. Overall a beautifully mastered book with many great photo's and detailed descriptions of the taijutsu waza from 6 of the 9 schools of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. The book also contains details on ukemi, taihenjutsu, San Shin No Kata and the Kihon Happo. This book will be a prized gem to anyone's Budo Taijutsu reference library.

If you are new to Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu this book may be a little confusing, it is really designed for someone that has a very solid foundation of the terminology and taijutsu techniques utilized in the kobudo schools of the Bujinkan. With-out the guidance of a trained instructor the descriptions of the waza may seem useless, especially because there are not any step by step photos. Combine this book with the guidance of a licensed instructor of the Bujinkan.

Soke Hatsumi's secrets are still masterfully hidden with-in the written word.

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