After progressing through various martial arts, Masaaki Hatsumi found his life's mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu, and studied under him for the next fifteen years. Hatsumi became the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ry1 Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which he unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as law enforcement agencies, he received numerous accolades from politicians and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. He has also worked as a professional osteopath, acted in a popular television series, and was the Chairman of the International Department of the Japan Literary Artists' Club. Hatsumi is the author of many of Kodansha's best-selling martial arts books.
"Advanced Stick Fighting is a wonderful book that gives insight into one of the lesser known martial arts of Ninjutsu." --BookLoons Reviews "Hatsumi offers the reader thoughtful reflections on bushido, its venerable history and its role in today's world. He also discussed the origins of bo-jutsu, which he sees as inexorably lined to the evolution of human-kind; it is both universal and timeless." --Rafu Shimpo "Lavish illustrations accompany the explanations and help further demonstrate the graceful, mysterious movements of stick fighting." --www.ninjutsu.com (Online)