Ninja Weapons

Martial Arts
Current Stock:
Tuttle Publishing
Date Published:
115 photos
Number of Pages:
Trim Size:
5 X 7 1/4

This informative martial arts book, Ninja Weapons introduces the exciting and deadly secrets of ninjutsu—the chain and the shuriken.

The Masaki school of chain fighting was developed in the feudal society of the early eighteenth century by a swordsman-sentry in Edo (Tokyo) Castle. Feeling that the shedding of blood in such a hallowed place would be disgraceful, he devised the combat use of the weighted chain. Even the name he gave to the art proves the trust he placed in its effectiveness—manrikigusari (chain with the power of ten thousand).

The equally devastating art of shuriken, the throwing of metal stars and spikes, evolved shortly after manrikigusari. The easily concealed shuriken soon became known as an extremely effective weapon for both shinobi and samurai warriors. Included are "The Samurai Creed," various techniques, the history of the arts and over 100 black and white photos and illustrations.

About the Author:
Charles V. Gruzanski, the first Westerner to be admitted to the International Martial Arts Research Association, is believed to be the only non-Japanese to hold an Instructor's Certificate in the arts of the Masaki school.