Foreword

This volume is the second in a series of ca glimpses of the art and thought of my martial teacher, ninjutsu grandmaster Masaaki Hatsi The material was translated from a series of sp taneous question-and-answer sessions taped in Hatsumi's home during a succession of visits non-Japanese friends and students. As is charact tic of Dr. Hatsumi, he often replied to the quest and comments of his visitors in this book with c lt ful and sometimes humorous answers that refle his state of mind and point...

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Brought with him from his previous training, that he is well worth a dan grade in this art. But I'm well aware that when people come from other countries and are awarded a dan grade after only a short time, they feel it's pretty strange. In my own case, I now consider that I have at last become a true Iemoto, but I believe that I received the formal recognition from my teacher, Takamatsu Sen-sei, very prematurely in the same way as, in the old days, full mastership in a martial art might be...

Background of Jack Hoban 6th

Marine captain, Jack Hoban trained in ninjutsu under Stephen K. Hayes before going to Japan to further his knowledge under the direction of grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Although he teaches occasional seminars and runs his own taijutsu club in the New Jersey-New York area where he lives, considers himself a practitioner rather than teacher. Nevertheless, he holds a shidoshi license from the grandmaster and is authorized to teach the art of ninjutsu. Jack Hoban has written two books...

Prelude

Hatsumi Sensei H Those of you who have come to Japan from the USA probably have got quite a different impression during this seminar of martial arts as practiced here, as compared with what you have so far been used to in your own countries. So I'd like you please just to say what you want about your experiences. Ed Sones ES In the States I come from Texas it seems that most of the training, including my own training for the past few years, has been too intense and has been using too many...

Gakorai Tosha Akuma Fudo

Ninjutsu Training

Jack Hoban J What is natural food for a Japanese is not natural food for a foreigner. Do you think that the diet should be different for each country H I think it's obvious that dietary habits differ from country to country. But one thing that is important is to know what a great effect diet has on a person's character and on health. Food and health, food and character. It's often said that if children eat a lot of junk food, it tends to make them rough and violent. And if they eat only meat,...

Background of Doron Navon 8th

Doron Navon, from Israel, is the only non-Japanese who has the 8th dan in Togakure-ryu Ninpo, and is a shihan senior teacher of the Japanese Honbu the center and fountainhead of ninpo all of the other shihan being Japanese. He speaks fluent Japanese and English, as well as Hebrew, and acts as an interpreter for Dr. Hatsumi in Japan and abroad. He went to Japan at the end of 1966, and stayed eight years, mainly studying ninjutsu and judo. In 1974, after acquiring teaching certificates in both...