Summary: ninja shadow hand
Comment: These two authors are fairly knowledgable. but not in the field they are writing about. the information in this book is rediculous. good for entertainment though. you can tell they researched this material with a more scientific approach, but ninpo cannot be described through science.
Summary: Ninja Shadowhand will sharpen your character and hone your wits providing you with an edge your enemy lacks.
Comment: History abounds with groups who sought to wrap themselves in secrecy and stealth. In the Dark Ages of Northern Europe `wolfshirt warriors' (Ulfhednar) the stealth oriented companions to the dread Berserkers; the Knights Templars, an order so secret that their history is still debated; the Cult of Assassins (Hashishin); and of course Japan's elusive Ninja all practiced the `Art of Invisibility'. The Japanese Ninja became so adept at collecting and perfecting methods of stealth movement and fighting that theirs became a martial art unto itself.
In Ninja Shadowhand; The Art of Invisibility, Dr. Haha Lung and Christopher Prowant explain the basics of seeing. We learn how our eyes work, and gain an understanding of how shape, silhouette, movement, and color effect what we see and what we don't see. We also learn about point of view, obscuring a foe's perspective, and psychological blind spots.
After explaining how we see the authors show us how we may apply this knowledge in martial arts applications. This is explained through the basic application of ukemi, misdirecting attention and disguising movement.
Ninja Shadowhand then mentions `shadow weapons' such as the yawara (short stick), manriki (10,000 power chain), shuriken (throwing star), and application of modern hidden weapons such as the handkerchief, lapel weapons, and walking sticks.
Ninja Shadowhand will not turn you into the invisible man. Embracing the attitude and application of Ninja Shadowhand will not guarantee you perfect safety, but what it will do is sharpen your character and hone your wits providing you with an edge your enemy lacks.
In the words of Sun Tzu - "Ethereal, a master leaves no trace to be seen, mysterious under Heaven, he leaves no sound to be heard. By these two, a master seals his foe's fate.
Summary: Can You See Me Now?
Comment: An excellent overview of Shinobi Ninja shadowhand (taisavaki-jutsu) techniques, this book has great practical application for any who study the martial arts. It was recommended by a friend in the military as a way to hone and enhance both defensive and offensive skills. The methods of invisibility discussed and detailed in a very "how to" manner work extremely well and can be rapidly learned. Moves are explained by narration, schematics, and body drawings.
It appears that some of the other amazon reviewers are looking for either an historical review of Ninja tactic, or a cartoon parody. This book is neither. Rather, it is for those who seek a primer for invisibility, disguising or misdirecting attention, and shadowhand striking styles. "Avoid being seen... Seen, avoid capture... Captured, avoid being held.".
Summary: Waste Of Time
Comment: After reading this book I personally think that the term "shadowhand" refers to Dr(?) Haha Lung's ability to write a 150 page book without telling you a single thing. If there is anything of any usefulness that you will find in this book you will also find it in any women's self defense magazine sans the ridiculous illustrations.
A one star rating is being way too generous.
Comment: ahh, yes... the 80's ninja craze! now there's something worth jotting down amongst all of the real ninjitsu history. (whatever the 80's craze was). I think someone was expecting to literally become invisible? and like he/she said "i was expecting to see a teenage mutant ninja turtle cartoon..." yea, you'd have to buy a teenage mutant ninja turtle video for that little buddy... no wonder you were dissapointed.