Koga Ryu Ninjutsu The Ancient Art of Stealth and Strategy by Dr William Durbin
The legend of the ninja and their almost mystical skills has been popularized and distorted over the years to the point that it is difficult to separate the facts from the fantasy. In this eye-opening book, author William Durbin fully explains the origins of ninjutsu- how Buddhist monks and rural samurai developed the art of stealth for use in guerrilla warfare and expionage - and shows how the ancient techniques of the lesser known Koga ryu branch of ninjutsu have survived to this day.
This book is unique in that it explains the interrelation of nimpo, kempo and ninjutsu; reveals the importance of the often overlooked but vital art of karumijutsu; and for the first time in a book published in English, provides an indepth look at the bone-breaking art of Koppo. It also describes the all important strategy aspects of ninjutsu in a way that is easily accessible to the modern martial artist.
Durbin - a veteran martial artist with shihan gradings in ninjutsu, kempo, karate, toide, jujutsu, aikijujutsu and kobujutsu - clearly demonstrates how the stealth arts provide classical forms of training and excellent combat skills for those who want to learn a full range of traditional fighting techniques. This book is a valuable addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the history and techniques of Japan's most misunderstood martial art