I want to personally thank Mr. Richard Van Donk for the review of my new book, Shinobi no Michi. I am truly humbled that he read, enjoyed and reviewed my book. I deeply appreciate his kind words. I am truly honored (bow).
SHINOBI NO MICHI:
(Text of his Review)
Book Review of
Shinobi no michi Vol 1, Mind by Christa Jacobsen
This thick 500 page volume on the Ninjutsu arts is obviously a labor of love for martial artist Anshu Christa Jacobson. Having written several such books myself, I know the kind of dedication and research these endeavors take and I commend her on her efforts — this was not an easy task. She did an excellent job on its presentation and it is sure to be a lasting classic for her Budo Ryu students to whom this work is dedicated and directed.
Shinobi no michi Vol 1, Mind is certainly a worthy read for any enthusiast of the Ninjutsu arts. It contains a rather deep documentation on history and school lineages, and is filled with images of old scrolls, kanji, japanese warrior prints and the author in action. The author explains a lot of the Japanese terms used in these arts. I feel that it would have been much more useful to the reader to have a more in-depth table of contents. Practitioners of Budo Ryu will be very entertained to learn more about their teacher and the trials and tribulations of her budo journey. Jacobson takes considerable time and many pages in the form of an interview to explain her uniqueness and warriorship to those who criticize her. For example, she explains why she left the Bujinkan after obtaining her Yondan (4th dan) to found her own system Budo Ryu and still keep the studies of several of the Bujinkan schools in her curriculum.
While the book includes lots of excellent photos of her doing things, such as demonstrating how certain things were done historically, or photos of her training in the dojo, if the intent was to make a training manual of her teachings for her students it seems lacking in actual instruction. Readers will need to look to future volumes for direct teachings of her system. Overall however, this is a most comprehensive work that has a lot of heart and soul put into it. A true gift to her students.
Master Richard Van Donk, Phd.
A Bushindo University book review
Thank you all for your wonderful support!
I am truly honored to see the ninjutsu community coming together to help spread real authentic ninjutsu and traditional samurai bujutsu.
Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu
SHINOBI NO MICHI (Way of the Ninja)
This is a video promotion for the new book called “Shinobi no Michi”. This book is the largest book every written in English on Authentic Ninjutsu & Samurai Bujutsu and can be purchased here:
This is a video to give thanks to all of those who helped me write the book as well as give a brief description about the contents of the book.
Thank you all very much for your support!
I hope that you all enjoy the book. You were the inspiration and the driving force for me to compile such a book. This is the largest book ever written on Authentic Ninjutsu and Samurai Bujutsu in English and I am hopes that you all enjoy it as much as I did writing it for all of you! With deep respect, thank you,…. (bow).
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu
School of the Warrior Way
Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu – School of the Warrior Way
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist
Teaching from the Scrolls.
“The real reason that we all train is to ultimately find happiness and the only way to attain true happiness is to attain mastery through our personal passion”
– Kobayashi Ichiro
20th Soke Tomo Ryu
Once a year I hold an annual Tomo Ryu TaiKai. Here I get to share all of the scrolls, densho, pictures and relics with my students. This is the way I can show and express this art to them personally and give them something special, something that only one gets if they train with me.
Here in this photo I am showing them the Tomo Ryu Heiho Makimono. This details the military strategies and tactics of the ryu. Towards the end of the makimono there is a section of survival skills when alone traveling. This details how to find or obtain water, food and shelter while concealing your identity from others.
I hope that you enjoyed the lesson,
Take Care, Be Safe & Good Luck in your Journey of Budo!