Books & Videos of the Bujinkan


Here you will find a list of books in English and Japanese as well as the many videos and DVDs that Hatsumi Sensei has written and produced. These resources are meant to be used while training. To understand true martial arts one must gain direct experience with their whole body. True martial arts can only be learned in a direct relationship with one's teacher from heart to heart over years of hard training!













Books In English By Massaki Hatsumi

Japanese Sword Fighting

Secrets of the Samurai


In this book, the author explains the essence, truth, and wisdom of Japanese sword-fighting techniques, using the long sword, short sword and ninja sword, among others. Through his writing and many detailed pictures, he reveals the hidden reality behind this fascinating martial art. This book shows various classical and practical sword-fighting techniques, including Ninja Kenpo, Kage Ryu, Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, and Nito two-sword techniques. It also includes sword techniques for use against an opponent armed with a stick, spear, naginata, kusarigama, and jutte. The book is further illustrated with calligraphy by famous samurai masters, such as Aasari Matashichiro and Yamaoka Tesshu.

The Way of The Ninja

Secret Techniques


A new book by Hatsumi Masaaki on the philosophy of Ninjutsu and basic techniques. Many full page pictures including photographs of Hatsumi Masaaki training with his teacher and training at both the Ayase Budokan and the Bujinkan Honbu Dojo. Several never before published pictures, such as Shinobi armor or Hatsumi Masaaki inside the Togakushi Jinja among others.


Advanced Stick Fighting


Clear step by step photographs of Bojutsu techniques shown by Hatsumi Masaaki and his senior teachers. Hatsumi Sensei offers the reader thoughtful reflections on Bushido, its venerable history, and its role in today's world. He also discusses the origins of Bojutsu, which he sees as inexorably linked to the evolution of humankind. There is also a series of photographs of Takamatsu Sensei illustrating his form of stick fighting. Japanese text is in the appendix of the book.

Essence Of Ninjutsu

The Nine Traditions


Looks at the history of the ninja and their martial arts, demonstrates the use of various weapons, and clears up misconceptions about the ninja.  In it, Hatsumi Sensei explains why, after more than 1000 years, the art of the shadow warriors continues to inspire and serve practitioners from around the world. Dr. Hatsumi' s book contains historic ninja scrolls and describes techniques for self-defense, and it debunks tricks that are attributed to the ninja but actually derive more from the circus than the martial arts.

Secrets From The Ninja Grandmaster

Revised Edition


This is a collection of heart-to-heart lessons from Masaaki Hatsumi. When this book was first published in 1987, it gave Western martial artists their first chance to learn what Hatsumi Sensei himself had to say about the essence of warrior training that emphasized real world battlefield fighting methods (Jissen Gata), from the use of weapons to ninja invisibility to Kuji warrior spirituality as opposed to sport.

Ninpo - Wisdom For Life


Masaaki Hatsumi, founder of the Bujinkan Dojo, shares with the reader his philosophy and insights into the martial arts and the world around us. This work was originally available only in Japanese, published as (Hiden Togakure Ryu Ninpo) and is now, available in English.

The Grandmaster's Book

of Ninja Training


In an uninhibited dialogue from a meeting with instructors from around the world, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi discusses his personal journey through the mysteries of the ancient art of Ninjutsu. His topics cover the nutritional needs of a ninja, the changing physical attributes of the "new" ninja, details on training for the novice as well as the advanced student, and the spiritual aspects of ninja training and how it applies to the modern world.

Stick Fighting

Techniques of Self Defense


In this book, the basic techniques of Kukishin Ryu have been updated and adapted for use today. A thorough explanation of the fundamentals is dealt with here that enables you to disarm and control any assailant.

Ninjutsu History and Tradition


In this book, Dr. Hatsumi, 34th Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu provides the reader with a true glimpse of what it really meant and means to be a practitioner of Ninjutsu. Dr Hatsumi discusses the history and evolution of Ninjutsu as well as its uses and applications during feudal era Japan and beyond. He provides exceptional illustrations, photos, and artwork of various ninja weapons, techniques, and tools.

Tetsuzan The Book


Tetsuzan is one of Hatsumi Sensei's earlier newsletters in English. It is filled with training tips, messages from Hatsumi Sensei himself, stories, pictures, and technique photos. This nicely bound book contains the original six issues of the Tetsuzan newsletter series PLUS the never released chapters 7-12.

Sanmyaku (News Magazine)


This is the later Densho newsletter for the international Bujinkan Dojo. It includes articles and illustrations about Ninjutsu and other traditional Japanese martial arts by Hatsumi Sensei and senior Bujinkan instructors.

Books In Japanese By Massaki Hatsumi

Hanbojutsu Juttejutsu Tessenjutsu


Contains over 400 photos covering the basic Kamae and techniques for using the Hanbo, Jutte, and Tessen. Of special interest there are several pictures of Hatsumi Masaaki's teacher, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, including a step-by-step demonstration of a Jutte techniques. The last few pages of the book show examples of Shinobi Biken sword forms.

Budo Sensho Bojutsu


Written by Hatsumi Masaaki, the 26th Soke of the Kukishinden Ryu Happo Bikenjutsu and other schools Over 350 photos covering the basic Kamae and techniques of staff fighting as practiced in the Bujinkan Dojo. The first section of the book has 20 pictures of Hatsumi Masaaki's teacher, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, demonstrating Bojutsu techniques and Kamae. Also included are 18 pages of old Bojutsu Densho.

Budo Sensho Sojutsu


Budo Sensho Sojutsu written by Hatsumi Masaaki, the 26th Soke of Kukishinden Ryu Happo Biken and other schools. Over 350 photos covering the basic Kamae and techniques of 27 Kukishinden Ryu Kata for the art of spear fighting as practiced in the Bujinkan Dojo. The first 45 pages include over 100 color and black/white photos of old Densho.

Hiden Ninja Submission


The first 32 pages are all color pictures of techniques and unique paintings by Hatsumi Masaaki. Included among the techniques are techniques with Shuko, Ninjato and Kusarigama on fire used at night time. The remainder of the book covers the Kihon Happo and Sanshin No Kata. The last several pages covers Kyoketsu Shoge. The last two pages of the book ends with a demonstration of the Godan test, demonstrated by one of the original Bujinkan Japanese Shihan.

Hiden Togakure Ryu Ninpo


Togakure Ryu Ninpo Wisdom for Living by Hatsumi Masaaki, 34th Soke of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu and other schools. This book is the second of two philosophy books published by Hatsumi Masaaki. Divided into 5 sections: 1) Budo and Ninpo Philosophy 2) World of Budo and Ninpo 3) Modern Living 4) About Men and Women 5) Various Thoughts. Total of 100 different essays, 45 photos. Many are rare photos from training in the 1960's and 1970's. Notable is a historical group photo of Hatsumi Masaaki with his students and teacher Takamatsu Toshitsugu. This book is now available in English as (Ninpo - Wisdom For Life).

Knife and Pistol Fighting


Written by Hatsumi Masaaki, the 19th Soke of the Koto Ryu Koppojutsu school. This book covers knife and pistol fighting techniques based on the Koto Ryu. More than 500 pictures including 37 pictures of pistol fighting demonstrated by Hatsumi Masaaki. Also, 21 photos of targets and Kamae from an Inatomi Ryu Makimono and a Koto Ryu vital point illustrations.

Ima Ninja Kono Chitekihenshinjutsu


This is the reprint of the first of two philosophy books written by Hatsumi Masaaki containing 5 Chapters. The first four chapters consist of 61 separate short essays. The 5th Chapter focuses in detail on recommendations for diet and health. Specifically, the last 15 pages is about Hichibuku Goshinjutsu theory and technique. Hichibuku Goshinjutsu is part of Amatsu Tatara. Includes several pages of illustrations of recommended breathing and stretching exercises and Seitai rehabilitation techniques.

Sekai No Martial Arts


Over 600 photos of a student demonstrating a particular art then Hatsumi Masaaki expanding on what was shown with his techniques. Most notable are the numerous empty hand and weapons techniques from India. Photos of training with the Japan Action Club, who performed the stunts for many Japanese chambara and TV shows such as the Kage no Gundan series; Hatsumi visiting the United States, and the first Bujinkan Japan Taikai. 27 pages of old illustrations of European fighting techniques and photos of a complete, old Yoshin Ryu densho.

Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu


This is a very hard to find book of training with photographs from the early 1980's of Hatsumi Masaaki and the various top Japanese Shihan at the time. This book contains 100s of photos of unarmed skills from many of the methods of Taijutsu training with essential points explained by Hatsumi Sensei.

Togakure no Ninja


Originally sponsored by the Togakushi Ninja Museum in Nagano Prefecture, much of the material for the book was provided by Hatsumi Masaaki, 34th Soke of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu. Approximately 150 photos and illustrations including several maps and pictures of the Togakushi mountains and the Togakushi Ninja Museum. Notably are several illustrations covering stealth and outdoor techniques.

Sengoku Ninpo Zukan


Several hundred photographs of traditional Ninjutsu techniques and weapons demonstrated by Hatsumi Masaaki and master teachers back in the 1970's. An excellent book which is extremely rare and highly sought after hard to find.

Ninja Ninpo Gaho


The first book published by Hatsumi Masaaki. Contains many pictures of Hatsumi Sensei and the early group of Shihan demonstrating traditional Ninjutsu techniques back in the 1960's. Also, features historical information and comic. Extensively illustrated, so if you can't read Japanese you still can enjoy this book.

Ninja Chibikko Dojo


The same book as "Kimi ni mo Nareru Ninja" but different cover, one of the first books written by Hatsumi Masaaki in 1972. A hard to find book. The first section covers ninja history and weapons. Second section covers the various Jutsu (arts) of the ninja. Third section is historical Manga. Has many pictures from the later 1960's and early 1970's.

Videos By Massaki Hatsumi

Saigo no Jissen Ninja

Takamatsu Toshitsugu



Hatsumi Sensei speaks on his relationship with his revered teacher. Actual video training footage between Takamatsu and Hatsumi. Lots of never before seen photos! Hatsumi Sensei shows several piles of personal letters from Takamatsu! Watch the last of the living Ninja's teaching Hatsumi Sensei the Kihon Happo and much more!

Kakushi Buki Shurikenjutsu - DVD


Rare footage on several Ninjutsu hidden weapons such as the Shuko, Kyoketsu Shoge, Kusarifundo, Senban Shuriken, and many more exotic ones.

Kukishinden Ryu Yoroi Kumiuchi

Bujinkan Taikai 2003 USA - DVD

Kobudo no Kihon - DVD


Hatsumi Sensei reveals the essence of Budo for the first time focusing on the Kihon Happo, which is the foundation of all movement in Budo. Without learning these techniques correctly, you cannot truly acquire the essence of Budo. In the DVD are shown all of the Kosshi Kihon Sanpo, Hoshu Kihon Gata Goho and Hoken Juroppo.

Budo of Elegance - DVD


A special memorial Taikai was held for three days in Japan during the first week of April 2004, in honor of Hatsumi Masaaki's teacher, Takamatsu Toshitsugu.

Daikomyosai 2003 Budo of Zero - DVD

Ken Tachi Katana - DVD


Covers various aspects of Kenjutsu and types of swords. Plus additional 20 minutes of special footage from 1996 seminar not in the original tape for a total of 1 1/2 hours.

What is Martial Arts? Budo to wa Nani Ka



In this video, Hatsumi Sensei teaches the essence of Budo by comparing it with Kakutogi. In Jissen Gata (Real Fighting Forms) there is no ring or rules, which is the essential difference between Budo and Kakutogi. In order to apply the techniques in any situation, it is important to create your own Kukan (Inner Space) and make use of weapons freely within this Kukan.





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