Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Essence ofNinjutsu: The Nine Traditions. Chicago: Contemporary Press, 1988. Ninjutsu: History and Traditions. Burbank, Calif.: Unique Publications, 1981. Only Hatsumi can express the feeling of ninjutsu from the grandmaster's viewpoint. One should go to the source while he is still living if you want to understand this complex art. None of his American interpreters are even close to the reality of his skill.
Taisen Deshimaru, Roshi. The Zen Way to the Martial Arts. New York: E. P. Dutton, Inc., 1982. Makes many oriental concepts accessible. It's required reading after Musashi for my students. Clearly states that bushido is a subset cf butsudo. The samurai at his best.
Jou, Tsung Hwa. The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan: Way to Rejuvenation. Piscataway, N.J.:The Tao Foundation or Charles E. Tuttle, Publishers, 1981. Reveals the history and relationship of tai chi to chi kung. Contains valuable information concerning centering, movement, and breathing exercises. Shows how the fundamentals of energy movement can be applied to any martial art.
Trevor Leggett. Zen and the Ways. Rutland, Vermont, and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle, 1987. Leggett has a number of books on the martial arts of Japan. He has been acknowledged by the Japanese government as a Westerner able to represent their thinking. His are the only translation of "warrior Zen" scrolls from the thirteenth century into English. He never loses sight of the practical implications of what he translates. Read.
Stephen I3. Hayes. The Ancient Art of Ninja Warfare: Combat, Espionage and Traditions. Chicago: Contemporary, 1988. All of his work will eventually be collector items. He's the best American source of traditional training and historical information for the ninja enthusiast. He has entered the Mikkyo priesthood.
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