Hatsumi Books Teach Budo and Ninpo – Bujinkan Grandmaster Wisdom

Learn about Budo and Ninjutsu martial arts philosophy and technique in Hatsumi books. Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the Grandmaster (Soke) of the Bujinkan, explains techniques, philosophy and history of Ninjutsu, ancient Japanese martial art of the Ninja and Samurai. With emphasis on concepts of budo and ninpo, Hatsumi books take modern readers into the mind and body of one of the world’s most famous living Ninja. The wisdome is waiting for you!

Hatsumi Books Teach Budo and Ninpo Wisdom

Books are the perfect support for martial arts students. The provide historical knowledge and deep reflection on physical techniques and perspectives. The Grandmaster of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, wrote a collection of books available in many languages. The Essence of Ninjutsu, Essence of Budo, Stick Fighting are just a few titles to investigate.

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“The history of ninpo dates back hundreds of years. Its secrets were passed from ninja to ninja. However, the most important thing is how to venture into the unknown and finally discover the ultimate way of life through ninjutsu… Looking back over nine hundred years of history, ninjutsu was understood as shinobu ho or a way of perseverance and endurance; and then came to be called ninjutsu (nin, meaning “perseverance” or “endurance,” is the noun form of the verb shinobu, meaning “to persevere” or “to endure;” and jutsu means “an art”).

The well-tried ninjutsu developed into ninpo, which embraces a religious and philosophical concept as well as the art of war….Let us move on to my next theme: the philosophy of martial arts. This is not my personal opinion but the teachings of the nine schools of ninjutsu. The purpose of bujutsu or martial arts is to protect nation, society and self from harm…The late grandmaster Takamatsu often mentioned winning and losing in nature, saying, “What does ‘victory’ really mean? I would never have mastered taijutsu if I had clung to that concept.” Nothing is better in learning taijutsu than to give up the shallow concept of victory and defeat and to find the right way to live.”

(from our top Hatsumi books recommendation: “Essence of Ninjutsu”)


Masaaki Hatsumi Soke has been writing Ninjutsu books about Ninja training, history and philosophy for decades. He is the founder and current Soke (Grandmaster) of the Bujinkan Organization and teaches authentic Ninjutsu that he calls “Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.” Bujinkan is a school of study involving Ninja and Samurai wisdom of Budo, Taijutsu, Ninpo and other terms. It is comprised of 9 ancient ryu (schools of martial arts grounded in ninja and samurai history) passed down to Hatsumi from his Grandmaster, Takematsu. Hatsumi is also a doctor in Japan, specializing in bones. He inherited the position of soke (grandmaster) of each the 9 ryu from Takamatsu. Those 9 ryu are:

Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu

Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu

Kuki Shinden Happo Bikenjutsu

Kotoryu Koppjutsu

Shinden Fudoryu Dakentaijutsu

Takagi Yshin-ryu Jutaijutsu

Gikan-ryu Koppojutsu

Gyokushin-ryu Ninpo

Kumogakure-ryu Ninpo

Learn more about the 9 RYU in the course guide


The word Budo starts with the root of two words,  bu and do (also called dao.) The term bu refers to war or martial aspects of life. The word DO, references concepts about path or way. The term dao (do) is passed down from Buddhist Sanskrit writings that describe the “path” to enlightenment. It was based on a practice of philosophical critique and contemplation in order to determine the correct ‘path’ to follow and is considered a “way of life” known as Dao.

In subsequent times, in Japanese culture, it is more related to a way of life following disciplined art forms and other concepts related to the ego.  Similarly to budo, bujutsu combines the root budo, and the root jutsu, meaning technique. The word budo, therefore, can mean “the way of warfare”, or “the martial path.” Bujutsu can be intrepreted as  ‘war techniques’.

In western writings budo and bujutsu are often interpreted as general “martial arts”.  But actually, bujutsu focuses on physical fighting whereas budo revolves around the mind and self development. In the historical period of feudal Japan, “budo” reflected on aspects of the lifestyle of the samurai and commitment to their leaders.

Learn more about budo in Hatsumi Soke’s book “The Essence of Budo

Essence of Budo Book by Grandmaster Hatsmumi