Assorted Translations

Tōdō Takatora and the Shinobi of the Yasuda Ryu

TōdōTakatora was the head of the Tokugawa intelligence units for the first 3 generations of Tokugawa rule, so in a sense, one can certainly say he was the head of the shinobi forces of Iga. He was able to attain this lofty position because he had previously been the lord of Ise, next to Iga, and learned to use the shinobi and ninjutsu-tsukai well. Through historical documents we know Takatora received orders from …

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Some hints from Soke…

During my 15 years of living and training in Japan I was blessed with many occasions to chat with Hatsumi Soke regarding his thoughts on ninjutsu and the martial arts. But, when writing the Hidden Lineage, I often had many questions and doubts regarding the newer research I had done and would communicate these concerns to him. Hoping to get a better understanding of our art, each …

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