From the Publisher: Japan’s violent history molded two of the world’s most fearsome warriors, the honorable and fearless samurai and the masterful and cunning ninja. These two warrior systems have been handed down for centuries independently, but now they have finally come together to form the most complete Japanese martial arts system ever assembled. Combining the mental training of honor and integrity mastered by the samurai warriors with the perseverance mentality of the ninja has created a martial art system known as Aiki Ninjutsu. This system takes the harmonious blending with as attacker’s energy or Ki and finishes the encounter with a bone breaking or pressure point attacking technique used by the legendary ninja warriors. Look behind the legends and lore and learn some of the secrets that have made these two warriors the most feared and respected in all of human history.
From the Author: Masatake Fujita Shihan was famous for his vigorous performing of the techniques. His teaching style is commonly known as “Fujita Sensei’s theory of motion (tai sabaki)“. In this theory, three elements are emphasized: posture, dodge and technical application. He introduced the progressive training method where first it is taught the proper posture and then the needed appropriate dodge for a favorable position which is the key to a successful performing of a technique.
I believe that Masatake Fujita Sensei’s teaching, spiritual thinking will be passed on and acquainted with more people.
This collection of writings on training in Aikido, a traditional mind-body art, comes from the perspective of two instructors, Michelle L. Tate and Lisa R. Tomoleoni, who see themselves as lifelong students of the art. Presented alternatively in pithy prose and delightful verse interspersed with excellent photographs, this book takes the reader through the authors’ journey of life lessons gained through sustained training. We get an insider’s view of training at the Aikido Hombu Dojo and in Iaido from Tomoleoni Sensei and glimpses of the landscape shaped by Aikido in Tate Sensei’s mind. What shines through the narration is their sense of gratitude for the art and their teachers. Together these two viewpoints combine to create a book that is hoped to be inspirational, and to share the growth, challenge, joy and fulfillment that this particular form of training has brought them, and continues to bring to their lives.