In The Art of War, Sun Tzu says: "If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." Welcome to the secret world of the ninja master! The Illustrated Ninja Handbook is your ultimate guide to the esoteric knowledge and teachings of the ancient Japanese ninja masters. It provides ninjutsu devotees with the first detailed understanding of this shadowy and mysterious martial art form. This handbook contains step-by-step instructions that allow you to master the 40 most devastating ninja fighting techniques. It was created with the blessing of legendary ninjutsu master Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, who taught for many generations in the Bujinkan School--generally recognized as the leading ninjutsu school in the world. The Bujinkan Dojo encompasses nine separate ryu-ha or martial arts schools that are based in Japan and headed by Hatsumi. Bujinkan ninjas use both armed and unarmed fighting techniques, with weapons such as swords, bamboo shinai, and staffs. They also learn to defend themselves unarmed against weapons attacks. Author Remigiusz Borda studied and taught Bujinkan ninjutsu for many decades, and in this book presents the unique system created by Masaaki Hatsumi--the 34th Grandmaster and head of the Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu lineage.