In The Ninja Defense, the classic art of the ninja is updated for maximum effectiveness in modern day situations. Stephen K. Hayes is a Black Belt Hall of Fame member, founder of To-Shin Do, and acknowledged "Father of American Ninjutsu." He has distilled and refined the knowledge he has built studying and teaching ninjutsu for decades into a comprehensive self-defense system that can defuse the worst situations the modern world has to offer.
The result is a realistic martial arts training system that includes instruction in techniques and strategies for dealing with:
- Grappling, Throwing, Choking, and Joint-locking
- Striking, Kicking, and Punching
- Stick, Blade, Cord, and Projectile weapons
- Handling multiple assailants and Surprise attacks
- Overcoming psychological intimidation or Bullying
This ninja book, which includes a bonus DVD, focuses on Hayes' revised take on the classical martial arts styles of Japan's famed shinobi. He provides his readers with all the key ingredients—both physical and mental—to emerge safely from unexpected danger. The chapter on mental discipline will allow readers to feel more confident in whatever situation everyday life brings.
The Ninja Defense contains extremely practical techniques that the author honed while serving as a bodyguard for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fine-tuned through years of teaching. It is the ultimate self-defense book from a true martial art master.
I gave this book five stars instead of four because of the introductory chapters. These teach you to think pre-emptively and strategically about protecting yourself.
The book comes with a DVD which teaches you how a trained expert would perform the moves. What I felt was lacking was perhaps more coaching to deal with being startled and afraid, since if you choke up in a dangerous situation, the consequences would not be good. The opposing argument would be that you should practice the combat techniques in the book, then you will become more confident about your martial prowess. Read the book and decide.