Available for the first time in English, this book is both an illustrated samurai arts manual and a groundbreaking historical account of the teachings of a Japanese samurai who formed a school known as Mubyoshi Ryu in the 1600s. Abundantly illustrated with more than 350 images representing the practices of Mubyoshi Ryu, "The Lost Samurai School"collects and translates ancient documents that contain the instructions of founding master Hagiwara Juzo, revealing the enthralling martial arts, secret weapons, magic, and espionage as they were practiced by samurai in their daily lives. The scrolls contain fascinating descriptions of civilian samurai skills, which concentrate more on personal protection than battlefield warfare, including thefull ninja curriculumandelementsof esoteric magic. Antony Cummins contextualizes the many expertly translated documents with a history of the era, the school, and its grandmaster. The illustrations bring to life the skills required to master everything from j jutsu, to shuriken-jutsu (throwing blades), to swords, to chain weapons, tothe quarterstaff."The Lost Samurai School" is a journey into the past that will preserve such skills for the future."
Antony John Cummins holds an undergraduate degree in ancient history archaeology and a master's degree in neolithic archaeology. In addition to working as a ninjutsu consultant for documentarians and authors, he has copresented television programs dedicated to the ninja. He lives in Manchester, England. Meiko Koizumi is a translator and expert in old Japanese texts and martial arts.