Of all the martial arts, bo-jutsu – stick fighting with the long stick- is one of the least understood and most intriguing, having been largely hidden for centuries. In ‘sAdvanced Stick Fighting’s, Masaaki Hatsumi, the most renowned Budo and Ninja grand master in the world, and author of ‘sStick Fighting’s and ‘sThe Way of the Ninja’s, reveals some of the secrets surrounding this revered fighting art. Hatsumi offers the reader thoughtful reflections on bushido, its venerable history, and its role in today’ss world. He also discusses the origins of bo-jutsu, which he sees as inexorably linked to the evolution of humankind it is both universal and timeless. While the highly acclaimed and long-selling ‘sStick Fighting’s dealt mainly with self-defense using short sticks, this book reveals to the reader a number of advanced techniques using medium and long sticks that were originally used by samurai swordsmen and military commanders. Lavish illustrations accompany the explanations and help further demonstrate the graceful, mysterious movements of stick fighting.
Masaaki Hatsumi was born in 1931. After progressing through various martial arts, he found his life’ss mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years, becoming the 34th Grand Master of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. Dr. Hatsumi has taught thousands of individual students as well as instructing at law enforcement agencies all over the world, and has received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, is the author of many books and DVDs on Ninjutsu and Budo, and was for many years Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists’s Club.
1. THE ESSENCE OF BUDO IS IN BO JUTSU
• Bujutsu and Budo (Before using the word ‘sBushido’s • Know natural posture • Musha Shugyo • A weapon called the Bo • What is Bo jutsu? • The varieties of bo jutsu • The History of Bo jutsu • History of the Kukishin ryu Bo jutsu)
2. THE PRACTICE OF B