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Daniel Fletcher, studied under Japan's most notable shuriken sensei, Yasuyuki Otsuka, of the Meifu Shinkage Ryu and in this book he reveals the secrets learned in his years of study and training. For the first time in English, Fletcher provides instruction for throwing a dozen varieties of shuriken in over two hundred photographs and in a DVD. Fletcher explains the origins and purpose of the shuriken as a weapon and provides information on the various types of shuriken used by the historic samurai and ninjas. Weapons include Shaken Shuriken: The most familiar of the shuriken family, this edged and star shaped sheet of sharpened metal is the one typically thrown by ninjas in modern cinema. These shuriken require more attention to technique, but can be deadly in the hands of a trained warrior. Bo Shuriken: Shaped like a spike, easy to manufacture, economical, and convenient to carry. This simple weapon was a staple in the arsenal of the Japanese warrior, often used in conjunction with a sword or as a hand held weapon. Teppan Shurikan: A multi-purpose weapon made from iron plating, it can take a variety of shapes and can be used for throwing or hand-to-hand combat
Daniel Fletcher is a native Texan who lived and trained in Japan from 2001-2008. He studied Budo (combat), Shurikenjutsu (throwing weapons), Kyudo (samurai archery), Satsuma Biwa (the samurai lute) and Horimono (traditional Japanese tattooing). He lives in Dallas, Texas. This is his first book.