Ninjutsu: A Commoner’s Guide is a synthesis of recently promulgated information concerning the art and history of the shinobi-no-mono (aka ninja). The text aims to demystify ninjutsu and inform the reader of its nature with the aid of ancient shinobi-no-jutsu manuals recently translated into English. A brief preview of the text’s contents is available via amazon.com
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“The author writes from the perspective of a “ninja enthusiast” and forces the western ninjutsu dojo culture to engage in some serious self-reflection. This is a quick read, coming in just under 100 pages, but it draws from many lengthy sources which are listed in the back. This list of sources alone is worth the price of the book. I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in studying the history of ninjutsu and/or it’s impact on modern martial and self-defense culture. The author extends the tactics, principles, and philosophy of ninjutsu from its historical context into modern society.” – Andrew Hageman (5 out of 5)
“A little small, but otherwise fairly good. It sticks to it’s name as a “commoner’s guide,” presenting mainly the basics. My only critique would be that it uses too few references, looking only at the usually quoted materials for this work, and does not dig into Japanese military history as well as it should to present a more clear and true picture. Therefore, it still adheres to — and supports — some of the same media hype that has misrepresented ninjutsu for decades by using the same media-given references.” -Tengu151 (4 out of 5)
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The Unconventional Notions series is purposed to inform readers on subjects that are generally considered too ‘taboo’ or ‘conspiratorial’ to receive attention within the respectable purview of conventional media platforms (i.e. the mainstream). It is hoped that this culmination of lucubratory efforts of a commoner will spark within the reader deeper cogitation of the subjects herein contained, so as to stimulate an appetite for meaningful dialogue and foster a desire to self-educate. The perspectives offered on the constituent subjects are not to be taken as the final word or definitive truth, though premises are given and conclusions are sourced. The intentions of this commoner are aligned with the understanding that duty to humankind includes the willingness to share what one has learned so as to elucidate where one has fallen, and guide to where one has watered.