A Real Master…
“When things are going the way that you want them to go, it is easy to be calm and happy about your life and portray a positive image. But this is not true test of happiness or character. The true test of happiness and character comes from the moments that you stay calm, maintain a positive spirit and balanced character within the face of danger, adversity and ridicule. If you can maintain your character in these moments, this is the test of happiness and the honest expression of a real master.”
– Soke Anshu; 宗家暗主
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Shinobi no Michi Book Review by Shihan Richard Van Donk; 15th Dan Bujinkan
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