Ashida Kim has made his publication, Secrets of the Ninja, free for public distribution. He used to have an affiliate program (and my affiliate link is still hiding in different places). Now, he’s giving the information away for free.
As you know, I make a lot of references to Ashida’s Kim’s Ninjitsu-ryu teachings, mainly on Kuji Kiri Meditation.. I had read a lot of his material and a lot of Stephen Hayes material more than a decade ago. Ashida Kim made things easy for me by copying off of Stephen Hayes work, so I didn’t have to go digging around for so many books.
As you might know, Ashida Kim is his nom de plume. He was a student of one of the Japanese martial artists who came to America in the 1960’s and 70’s – just like Stephen Hayes.
You probably already know, or at least I hope you do, that noone can truly train martial arts from a book, especially ninjitsu. You have to attend a regular class because the sensei is there to push your performance levels and discipline your exercise, therein, you take that heart knowledge with you, so you actually can learn from a book.
Therefore, I’m only going to discuss Kuji Kiri Meditation with you as discussed in Secrets of the Ninja. Everyone is born with the innate ability to meditate. All the different kinds of meditation out there build on your innate abilities.
Kuji Kiri, Meditation for Inner Strength, for me is the epitome of all the different kinds of meditation out there through it’s utilisation of chi kung breathing exercises, psychic keys, and energy meridian manipulation, all geared towards your control of bioenergy or Chi – within your body and outside of it.
In a way, Ashida Kim has freed me by making Secrets of the Ninja publically available. Now, I can freely discuss the methodologies with you and my own experience and research in this esoteric form of meditation.
As far as companion books, Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Chi Kung by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is the best companion book because it discusses almost all the Chinese Medical Theory you need concerning the eight extraordinary vessels referenced in Secrets of the Ninja.
For example, Dr. Yang’s book provides diagrams of the extraordinary vessels with key acupuncture points such as meeting of yang and yin or governing and conception vessels (which happens to be between tip of tongue and roof of mouth).
The only information that’s missing between these two books are the times of meditation according to meridian and the sensations attached to each extra-ordinary vessel – which I will discuss with you another time because I have other things to do at the moment.
I appreciate your time.
Randolph, HealingMindN Medicine Man