The Five Books on Ninjutsu You Should Own
There have been a lot of books written on ninjutsu over the past four decades. There is a ninjutsu book on everything from their shadowy history to ninjas from outer space. I am going to share with you the 5 best ninjutsu books that you should have in your library.
You can find ninjutsu books on:
- Body movement
- Strategic positioning
- Ninja weapons
- Ninja stealth
But the most important books on ninjutsu are the ninjutsu books that teach you how to move, why to move and when to move. If you can’t position yourself to be in the perfect place at the perfect time then nothing else works.
You must learn the ninjutsu moves. The best way to learn these skills is to train directly with a good teacher. Most people don’t live close enough to a good teacher because ninjutsu isn’t like karate. Karate can be found on every strip mall in America because it has been watered down in so many ways by so many teachers. There are traditional karate teachers but they are as hard to find as good ninjutsu teachers.
But ninjutsu is the most effetive self defense system in the world. So why not work a little harder to get the best!
So, having said all that here, in my opinion, are the top 5 books on ninjutsu you should own.
Ninjutsu Core Techniques
Ninjutsu Core Techniques is at the top of my list of books on ninjutsu. Ths is because it contains the kihon happo. The kihon happo, or “basic eight” are the 8 basic kata (models) that contain all the fundemental principals of ninjutsu. These principles are the heart of ninjutsu.
It is said that if you went up on a mountain for four years and only practiced the kihon happo you would come down more proficient than someone who studied in a good school. This is because students tend to get bored with repetition. But it is repetition of the important principles that lead to mastery.
Nine Steps to Defend, Attack and Win!
The next book on ninjutsu you should own is “Nine Steps to Defend, Attack and Win!”. Of all the ninjutsu books I have seen this is the only one that has a clear step-by-step formula to win every time.
It has everything from the initial threat to the final takedown. This how-to ninjutsu book has pictures and descriptions of each step of the process so you can practice, learn and win.
Ninjutsu Book #3
The Grandmasters Book of Ninja Training
What can I say. The Grandmaster, Masaaki Hatsumi is the source.
This book on ninjutsu doesn’t go over physical training in Ninjutsu. It is an eye into Bujinkan Taijutsu and Ninpo. It is basically an interview with the Grandmaster himself. You also get insights from three of his top non-Japanese students, Doron Navon of Israel, and Charles Daniels and Jack Hoban of the United States.
Ninjutsu Book #4
Essence of Ninjutsu
Again, this is by the grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi.
The reason I think you should own this book is it puts the popular myths of the “ninja” to rest. You learn more truths about ninja and this book on ninjutsu has some techniques.
But more than that it contains Japanese history. It is important to understand the context of what you are learning as it relates to your world today and the world in which it was created.
Being a doctor Masaaki Hatsumi is particularly qualified to teach this art. He also has some neat tidbits and tricks you will find interesting.
Ninjutsu Book #5
Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai
You guessed it, Masaaki Hatsumi.
The ninja mostly fought the samurai. As a result they learned the samurai techniques. In order to defeat something you need to know it.
As a result, this book of ninjutsu has samurai techniques and history.
Lots of great photos. Lots of instruction on kata in detail. But if you are a newbie it may a bit confusing. If you have a good teacher this is an excellent ninjutsu book to reference and learn from.
This book on ninjutsu also has:
- Ukemi (recieving skills)
- And kihon happo
There you have it!
If you don’t already have books on ninjutsu in your library then these are the 5 you should start with.
Just so you know, if you follow any links on my website and buy something I will probably make a commission. Having said that, i truly believe these are the books you should own.