While many claim a ninjutsu lineage from the koga, the last recognized soke from this lineage, seiko fujita, died on january 4, 1966 from cirrhosis of the liver, leaving behind no students to carry on his ninjutsu teachings. Koga ryu ninjutsu though only an 8 hour course from the bansenshukai was taught at nakano espionage school a school that was open address as a war correspondence school but. Hojojutsu book by fujita seiko translation, ninjutsu bujinkan. Secrets of koga ryu ninjutsu is one of the english translations works by don roley, prominent member of masaaki hatsumis bujinkan martial arts organization and himself fluent in japanese.
I have that book by andrew adams, but it is not a direct translation of a japanese original. It was written by fujita seiko, last living master of kogaryu ninjutsu and instructor at the nakano spy school that trained the japanese counterparts to the jedburghs and oss. The historical ninjutsu texts of the bansenshukai, ninpiden and shoninki were translated in the later 1930s, fujita seiko had already written 3 books on ninjutsu by the time takamatsu made his first appearance and already stated he was the last of the wada line of koga ryu ninjutsu. Ninjutsu fujita seiko lineage project group answers youtube. There is a place in society one could call the twilight. The book cites all the sources used, and goes into specific detail about fujita s early life, how he came into the arts he studied, and which schools he either passed on, or. The above rare book is entitled ninjutsu hiroku ninjutsu in depth. Born in tokyo as fujita isamu, he called himself the 14th generation master of. I enjoyed this book a lot and have reread it a few times now. Oct 17, 2016 ninjutsu fujita seiko lineage project group. This is a very rare and fully illustrated shuriken book by seiko fujita.
Secrets of kogaryu ninjutsu, translated by don roley. Hojojutsu book by fujita seiko translation, ninjutsu bujinkan samurai arts ebay. Like others, i have always wanted to know more about the life and mystery surrounding fujita seiko and the koga ryu ninja lineage. Original illustrations are included, with english text. Regarded as the 14th and final heir to the kogaryu wadaha ninjutsu tradition, he was highly respected by his peers and a core member of japans classical martial arts community. He was most certainly a respected budoka and author. The book from which it was translated was written in 1937, as japan was embarking on the second world war. One of their instructors, seiko fujita, claimed to be the 14th soke of kogaryu and last heir to koga ninjutsu. Seiko fujita 1898 1966, the last of the koga ryu ninja.
During the wolrd war 2 he taught special training in the army academy of nakano. The last ninja, october 1958, fujita categorically stated that he had not and would not teach anyone ninjutsu, and would not pass on the school. One of the most important individuals who is known to be koga ninjas would be a man named fujita seiko. Born in the year of 1900 died in a tragic car accident in 1966, seiko fujita was considered the last active ninja meaning that he was employed by the japanese government. Then again that could be said of many of the figures in modern ninjutsu.
Roley has changed certain things to make the text easier to read, taking care not to omit important information. Years later, a man named fujita seiko announced that he was the last grandmaster of koga ryu ninjutsu. According to fujita seiko s autobiography he modified and taught his koga ryu ninjutsu at nakano. Heveners book entitled fujita seiko the last koga ninja. The tourist magazine obituary of fujita seiko testifies to this very fact, us servicemen were exposed to the cultural adaptation of the ninja in mainstream japanese culture. A soke, he was of kogaryu ninjutsu and in shitoryu his title was. Fujita was the last ninja of the koga tradition of. This book is in the genre of the bansenshukai and the shoninki. A summary of the life of seiko fujita, kogaryu ninjutsu 14th generation the last ninja who lived in a modern society.
This work is the translation of fujita seiko s ninjutsu kara spysen e from ninjutsu to spy warfare. Segments of the japanese public from kids looking for spectacle to adults curious about. As for secrets of kogaryu ninjutsu, roleys translation is a rough interpretation of fujita seikos ninjutsu kara spysen e from ninjutsu to spy warfare. The author is fujita seiko 18991966 the 14th successor of koga ryu ninjutsu. Tobe shinjuro, a researcher of ninjutsu and author of many books on the. The movie begins with a master of the koga ninja clan finding the. For factual information on the reputed 14th and last head of the koga ryu wada ha, visit fujitaseikothis site was composed from independent sources and was designed to assist interested parties, especially aspiring ninjutsu students, to arrive at a historically accurate understanding of fujita s martial arts career. This is a translation of the book hojojutsu by fujita seiko.
The last koga ninja and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Handed down from soke, fujita seiko,soke,kenei mabuni to dasihi,george sosa,sr. The book s printing date is december 11, 2001 and was published on december 18, 2001. He was, according to himself, the 14th headmaster of koga ryu wadaha ninjutsu, which. One of musthave books if you are interested in shuriken jutsu. Fujita seiko, february 10, 1898 january 4, 1966, born fujita isamu, was a prominent japanese martial artist, researcher and author. Watashi wa ninjutsu tsukai i am the messenger of ninjutsu 14 th successor of kogaryu, seiko fujita. Apr 09, 2011 fujita seiko was a bujutsuka and heir of the kogaryu ninjutsu. Published originally before the war, a later edition changed the name and added two chapters. During the war he taught ninjutsu tactics at the nakano spy academy. Regarded as the 14th and final heir to the kogaryu wadaha ninjutsu. Translation of fujita seiko s 1938 lecture on ninja and ninjutsu.
Ninjutsu has two main schools, iga ryu and koga ryu. Also includes the complete japanese edition of this extremely rare book as well as a reprinting. Btw its a genbukan book so not much use outside of genbukan training. That takamatsus claims in china cannot be verified, most of his claims in japan cannot be verified. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Fujita seikos first book on ninjutsu in 1936, during japans own ninja boom 50 years before americas 1980s ninja boom in popculture. The secrets of kogaryu ninjutsu by don roley paperback lulu. Isamu fujita was born in tokyo, and studied kogaryu wada ha kogaryu ninjutsu with his grandfather fujita shintazaemon, th soke of the kogaryu. To counter this, he collected vast amounts of information on traditional japanese arts such as hojojutsu. I was hoping to learn something because i always hear rumors that fujita seiko was a ninja savant. Ninjutsu books truflyte martial arts memorial home page. The books printing date is december 11, 2001 and was published on december 18, 2001. Fujita seiko was a bujutsuka and heir of the kogaryu ninjutsu. One of the first books about the art in the west but not what i am looking for.
There is so much interest in ninjutsu in the west, there must be more japanese books that are translated. Revelations on the silentera ninja boom from an unlikely. According to one of his own books, he actually trained the following stuff. Buy the other books on ninjutsu translated by eric shahan written by gingetsu itoh. To improve his walking speed and skill, a ninja practiced by leaning his body forward or to one side so he was forced to walk rapidly to maintain balance. The book is dated march 31, 1991 and is an exact re. Seiko was a pretty bizarre man to say the least, which becomes very clear as you read. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. In the forty years since his death, fujita seiko has been a man of mystery, rumor and conjecture. While all of them are outstanding individuals who have contributed to the promotion of japan and the martial arts, their ninjutsu lineages has not been satisfactorily. This is the rare hardcover edition with slipcase and obi paper belt. I will replied the young fujita, without much reflection upon the matter. The last koga ninja book if this is your first visit, be sure to check out the faq by clicking the link above. This work is how traditional ninjutsu can be used in the modern age.
Ultimately, you will learn of the fate of his martial arts legacy, including his mysterious and controversial wadaha koga ryu ninjutsu. This book is a translation of fujita seikos book, ninjutsu kara spysen e. A proven lineage of koga ryu ninjutsu 14th,soke, fujita seiko transmitted koga ryu ninjutsu to soke,kenei mabuni. It is a report of his research on the ninja in the seventies. I know there is a french translation of one the books from fujita seiko but i dont know the title. I can say with certainty that i know more about the koga ryu as taught by fujita seiko than anyone in america claiming to teach his art.
Roley is a polarizing and sometimes controversial figure, as he regularly takes on frauds, fakes, and exaggerators in the martial arts particularly those who pretend to ninjutsu or other japanese styles. His vision of ninjutsu was of a living art, not a museum piece past its time. Ninjutsu hiroku 1939 ninjutsu kara spy sen he 1942. Ninja the movie and the modern take on the ninjutsu. The movie ninja is set in contemporary japan and follows the heated feud between an orphaned westerner called casey, portrayed by scott adkins, and his rival masazuka, played by tsuyoshi ihara. Translation of fujita seikos 1938 lecture on ninja and ninjutsu. In the same book he refers to hatsumi masaaki as the head of togakure ryu ninpo. This book is a translation of fujita seiko s book, ninjutsu kara spysen e. Fujita did glean a lot from the books and scrolls he. He was an accomplished martial artist according to high ranking karateka such as inoue sensei, but if his teachings were sufficient why did inoue not continue with ninjutsu as his mainstream art and not the more acceptable ryukyu arts. Oct 14, 2016 sosakai teaches around six of fujita seiko s ninja fighting strategy kata. Feb 19, 2008 like others, i have always wanted to know more about the life and mystery surrounding fujita seiko and the koga ryu ninja lineage.
Not everybody can become a ninja, as one would need to possess the neccesary qualities. In it, he details a few traditions ways of throwing shuriken. Toshitsugu takamatsu 1889 1972 ninjutsu lineage toshitsugu takamatsu was a martial artist said to have been trained and received menkyo kaiden complete transmission licence in several martial arts. Apr 08, 2014 i can say with certainty that i know more about the koga ryu as taught by fujita seiko than anyone in america claiming to teach his art. It was in the muromachi period when this particular technique of ninjutsu was established. Also includes the complete japanese edition of this extremely rare book as well as a reprinting and translation of an even rarer short pamphlet fujita seiko sent out about the martial arts guardian god marishi ten. Fujita was the last ninja of the koga tradition of ninjutsu. Feb 27, 2018 seiko fujita sensei the four most popular names associated with being the last ninja in modern japan are toshitsugu takamatsu, seiko fujita, masaaki hatsumi and jinichi kawakami. In order to become modern ninja, however, extensive teaching and training was high on the agenda at nakano. There are other various schools called akutagawa, negoro, fuso, ninko, koyo, and kishu. Fujita also went on to say that nakanos tasks were originally about assassination and sabotage. History of the koga ryu, part ii muzosa bujinkan dojo of nyc. Those that live in this border between the light and darkness are barely gli. Fujita seikos ninjutsu passed down amongst shitoryu masters.
The original japanese text is presented next to english translations. Statement of intent in the western martial arts community the subject of fujita seiko, the reputed 14th soke of the koga ryu wada ha family of ninjutsu, has always been a source of mystery and debate. More about the book in the western martial arts community the subject of fujita seiko, the reputed 14th soke of the koga ryu wada ha family of ninjutsu, has always been a source of mystery and debate. The late seiko fujita, who claimed to be the 14th master of the koga school of ninjutsu, said ninja could walk the 350 miles between edo now tokyo and osaka in three days. Jan 21, 2017 you will learn zero ninjutsu from fujita seiko.
Hojojutsu book by fujita seiko translation, ninjutsu. The last of the koga ryu ninjaseiko born as isamu fujita, was a japanese martial artist who was 14th headmaster or soke of kogaryuninjutsu and considered by some to be the last true ninja. He was, according to himself, the 14th headmaster of koga ryu wadaha ninjutsu, which was the name of his family branch of ninjutsu. The book cites all the sources used, and goes into specific detail about fujitas early life, how he came into the arts he studied, and which schools he either passed on, or took to the grave with him. Fujita seiko was the last headmaster of the koga ryu, wadaha tradition of ninjutsu. Ninjutsu hiroku ninjutsu in depth fujita seiko 1991. Fujita seiko announced that he was the last grandmaster of koga ryu ninjutsu. Born in the year of 1900 died by liver cirrhosis in 1966, seiko fujita was considered the last active ninja meaning that he was employed by the japanese government. Fujita seiko published zukai torinawajutsu showing hundreds of hojojutsu ties from many different schools, and several other texts on ninjutsu and martial arts. Apr 06, 2018 any ninjutsu lineage claims linked to seiko fujita or wadaha kogaryu should be regarded with suspicion.
Some extremely entertaining stories and not a boring read by any means. In this book,he explains how to throwuse shuriken,its history and many shuriken schools in detail with many illustrations. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Shurikenjutsu by fujita seiko english translation koga ryu. Look for them to be released in the coming months to set the record straight. He was the bodyguard of a japanese general and purporting to be a soke of koga ryu ninjutsu in the mid 20th century. One of their instructors, seiko fujita, claimed to be the 14th soke of koga ryu and last heir to koga ninjutsu. This book is a must have for the japanese enthusiast of bujutsu. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the faq by clicking the link above. The book cites all the sources used, and goes into specific detail about fujita s early life, how he came into the arts he studied, and which schools he either passed on, or took to the grave with him. Koga ryu ninjutsu though only an 8 hour course from the bansenshukai was taught at nakano espionage school a school that. However, he publicly said he would not select an heir to his lineage of koka ryu. Above book is entitled koga ryu ninja ichidaiki biography of the koga ryu ninja by fujita seiko.
Fujita jojutsu ninjutsu budo taijutsu samurai ninja. Aug 07, 2015 the historical ninjutsu texts of the bansenshukai, ninpiden and shoninki were translated in the later 1930s, fujita seiko had already written 3 books on ninjutsu by the time takamatsu made his first appearance and already stated he was the last of the wada line of koga ryu ninjutsu. In his book, ninjutsu no kenkyu, nawa never refers to fujita as a head of koga ryu, instead referring to him only as a researcher. In this book are the secrets he learned as part of his training of ninjutsu. Secrets of kogaryu ninjutsu, translated by don roley the. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to. The author, seiko fujita 18981966 was a japanese martial artist and military instructor who many consider to be the last koga ninjutsu master. He was, according to himself, the 14th headmaster of koga ryu wadaha ninjutsu, which was the name of his family branch of. In 1972, a big part of this book has been translated in french by jacques.
On 4th january 1966, seiko fujita, koga ryu ninjutsu 14th generation inheritor, passed away due to cirrhosis of the liver at his house, nezu 1243, bunkyoku, tokyo. On assymetry by fujita seiko by jesse enkamp as i have written before, the system i train in has strong influences from a man named fujita seiko 18991966, who was the last inheritor of wadaha koga ryu ninjutsu. This is a translation of fujita seiko s book on shurikenjutsu. The last reported soke of kogaryu was 14th headmaster fujita seiko 18981966. They are often compared to the iga ninjutsu because they have slightly different techniques. Koga japan and the art of ninjutsu yabai the modern. Fujita was a fascinating man, and his story is open to great debate.
Whether he was truly a ninja or for that matter, whether his grand father was, remains controversial. I doubt fujita seiko would have gone through his martial arts career without his knowledge of koga ryu wada ha influencing his approach to, and studies, of the other disciplines he practiced and taught. According to his autobiography, he is the last ninja. Over 200 pages detail the basics of how to bind an enemy as well as specific ties unique to certain traditions of martial arts. There are many questions as to the validity of his story, but there is no denying that he was the last japanese to claim to teach the koga ryu.286 1153 42 877 1473 1186 474 86 24 1128 1179 710 729 809 1061 10 1151 1383 1518 6 811 714 1329 13 1126 1298 826 93 669 1271 1295 232 1255 159 567 590 1143