Published in 2014, it was well accepted in the Bujinkan community. Here what some readers thought about it:
If you want to have an insight of the path of one of best student of Soke: Kuma クマ, don’t hesitate, go for it ! it is a kind of privilege as well as a real pleasure to read this book and have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a life of a true master!
I wish I had read it a couple of years back. This book gives some interesting edges to learning and commitment. Be budo, climbing, new language, … Whatever- a truthful approach. Add the budo specifics around the genesis and the motivation, and it makes a very compelling read.
As a long-time practitioner, teacher and Dojo owner, I was impressed by Arnaud’s experience, sense of humour and ability to translate the many insights that Japanese Budo training offers the world. He embodies the Martial Spirit very well through his stories of Japan and the culture. He also gives many valuable technical points to those who have been on the martial path for either three months or three decades. I highly recommend this book to any student or teacher of Martial Arts!
We are fortunate to have someone like Arnaud write this book. There’s a lot of older texts but nothing really recent. Not only is he one of the foremost practitioners in the art, but the dude can write well. I was afraid I would get bored, but that wasn’t the case.
If you’re in the Bujinkan or even just a practitioner of budo, you should read this book.
FULL OF USEFUL INFORMATION. A MUST READ.