Kihon Press was founded by Joe Maurantonio after twelve years of writing professionally for small newspapers and national magazines. His experience includes writing articles, working with translators, editing magazines, page layout, and publishing newsletters. These lessons led him to create a small publishing company focusing on the Japanese martial arts. In December 1998, Kihon Press joined the publishing world with the international release of the translated book Ninpo: Wisdom for Life by Masaaki Hatsumi. KIHON (Japanese for "foundation" or "basics") was chosen as our web site and publishing name because it was a good place to begin this adventure.
Below is a list of current Kihon Press titles, a short description of each, and a link to where they can be purchased.
Thank you for your interest... and Enjoy!
Ninjutsu Training Manual
by Duncan Stewart
The Bujinkan Tasmania Dojo is releasing their awesome Ninjutsu Training Manual for kids and young adults
(great for adults, too!). The manual has hundreds full color photographs of young Bujinkan practitioners
sharing their taijutsu. This oversized book (A4 landscape) training manual has 156 pages of lessons.
For many years, this unique book was only available in Japanese. Hatsumi-sensei, headmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninpo and Director of the International Bujinkan Hombu (Noda, Japan), authorized and encouraged this translation which was officially released in the 1999. This amazing book has approximately 188 pages of ninja philosophy for training and living. Copyright 1998. All rights reserved.
The first edition was printed in 1953 and sells for over $300. This English edition includes the original Japanese text. Legend has it that the Shinto Muso Ryu style of Jojutsu was founded after Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi (17th century samurai) lost a duel. After his loss, Katsuyoshi withdrew into seclusion, practicing swordsmanship and performing purification rituals in an effort to perfect his technique. This book, detailing the lessons of his style, is 150 pgs with over 300 detailed illustrations. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.
This manual contains Sanshaku Bojutsu (hanbo) techniques as handed down from Ishitani to Takamatsu, through Hatsumi Soke to his students. All basic kamae, kihon, Shoden, Chuden, and Okuden forms are demonstrated in this book. Included are a short history of Kukishin ryu and suggested training methods. These lessons were transmitted to the author while he was living in Japan (for 8 years) primarily by Oguri Junichi, as well as Someya Kenichi, Seno Hideo, and Hatsumi Massaki. The book is 98 pgs with highly detailed photos. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.
This unique book shares the early contributions of Doron Navon and the Israel Dojo to bringing Bujinkan Ninjutsu and the warrior spirit outside of Japan. This book tells the story as the author experienced their beginning training in November 1974. Included in these chapters are articles about Hatsumi Soke, Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Doron Navon, the Godan test, Ishizuka Tetsuji, Nagato Toshiro, Teaching the Art, Control through Blinding, and more. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.
This book offers a key toward better learning. The author was lucky to be close to three amazing teachers who were able to find the elusive obvious and learn the right way to learn. Included in the text are concepts that will help the reader become a better learner and teacher. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.
In this book, senior practitioners from all over the globe offer their unique insights into the Bujinkan martial arts. The contributors share stories and explanations about their learning from Hatsumi Soke and the Japanese learning process of Shu Ha Ri. This mind-body training can help the students achieve higher levels of advancement and help our martial art to improve and flourish. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.
This manga illustrates the famous battle between Toshitsugu Takamatsu and Chinese martial arts master, Cho Shiryu. This legendary story has been shared by Hatsumi-soke many times but can now be appreciated in this new visual format. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.
The manga series continues with the story of Toshitsugu Takamatsu and the mission in Xilinhot. This adventure has been shared by Hatsumi-soke and several Bujinkan shihan many times but can now be appreciated in this manga visual format. Copyright 2023. All rights reserved.
The first pages of this 6" by 9" training journal present the kamae and kata lists for Hanbo, Jo, Jutte, Kodachi, Naginata and Bisento as well as spacing for the owner to fill in their lesson information. Both English and kanji (Japanese characters) are included. This journal uses a dotted grid to line the pages, making it easy to write out or illustrate the forms.
The first four pages of this 6" by 9" training journal begin by listing the names of the Kukishin Ryu Rokushaku Bojutsu: Kamae, Kihon Gata, Keiko Sabaki Gata, Shoden Gata, Chuden Gata and Okuden Gata forms. The rest of the journal is blank for you to fill in! Each of the blank pages has space for the kata name and then lines (using a dotted grid) for you to enter your notes. Again, this is a blank journal for you to write in your own step by step kata notes.
This blank journal was crafted to celebrate the 30th anniversary (1991 - 2021) of the author's becoming a Bujinkan shidoshi. This 120-page journal is perfect for teachers and students who wish to make class, seminar or personal training notes. Also, great for writing down quotes heard in class or found in books.
For many years, this unique book was only available in Japanese. Hatsumi-sensei, Soke of Togakure Ryu Ninpo and Director of the International Bujinkan Hombu (Noda, Japan), authorized and encouraged this translation. In 2001, twenty-one hardcover copies were published as a limited edition. Copyright 2001. All rights reserved.
There are four (4) copies left. If you are interested in purchasing one please contact Joe Maurantonio on Facebook.
In the 1980s, the world was awakening to stories of the mysterious ninja, black-clad warriors of Japan. Beyond the hype and media insanity, there were small groups of dedicated martial artists meeting to study the legacy of these shadow warriors. This book, The Shadow Warrior, sheds light on the real art and culture as seen from the eyes of one of its early American practitioners. Surviving bruises, flashing blades, and dizzying shifts in mental outlook, Caldwell emerged as one of the first black belt teachers outside of Japan. his story takes the reader on a wild ride into the modern day ninja dojo. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Currently unavailable.
Listed under each of the book titles and descriptions are the links of where to purchase them. If no link is listed or the items is out of stock please use the contact form below to inquire about it. Also, please use the form below to make bulk orders for your students, friends and/or family. Thank you for your support!