Probably you have chosen to pick up this book because you are interested in the martial arts of any kind, or maybe you are just interested in gaining the knowledge of the ancient ninja, what ever the reason for your interest in this book I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. The decision to learn and study the art of any Ninjutsu system is a very important decision, and not to be taken lightly. In fact I teach that the study of Ninjutsu is not just merely the study of kicking blocking and punching, it is a lifestyle that you have chosen to live by. There are far more points to the art of the ninja than just fighting, and defending, you are agreeing to learn to use your mind like no individual can, you are agreeing to live by a strict code of ethics, uphold honor for yourself and those loved ones around you.
There may be those of you out there that have chosen to learn the art of the ninja to further your own evil intentions, I will say to you that over the 23 years I have trained and taught Shikata Ninjutsu that I have indeed ran into some of your kind. I have watched those ideas blow up in their faces and it surely will for you. However if you plan on using the Shikata Ryu training manual to start a new page in your life to better your life and those around you, then you will begin a journey that is very rewarding. To be a peaceful warrior one must surely realize that their entire life has to be changed and devoted to what is to come from the training of an art form that is over 1000 years old. Your mind, soul and body will become one and will begin to change due to this type of training to fulfill your destiny.
Merlyn Seeley (Retsuzen Shikata) was born in the small rural town of Toccoa, Georgia March of 1975, he comes from a family of three sibling sisters and two of the most loving and supportive parents in the world. He was born into a working family where his father worked construction and his mother worked retail, so because of his fathers work the family moved all the time and rarely stayed in one location more than a year. At the age of twelve the family was moved to a medium size town known as Columbus, Georgia. It was here where his father left construction and settled the family. It was here where Merlyn Seeley begin his martial arts training and interest in Ninjutsu. It was also here where the present day Shikata Ryu was developed. Merlyn went to school and graduated Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus Georgia in 1993 at the age of eighteen. At the early age of twelve when most young boys were playing video games or out spending time with their friends, Merlyn was inside writing short stories and mysteries or outside practicing his martial arts and creating a new Ninjutsu system known today as Shikata Ryu Ninjutsu. At the age of sixteen he started writing poetry and to date has had numerous pieces of poetry published through such organizations as the National Poetry Guild, and Poetry.com. In 1994 he entered the military and after 15 and half years got out and decided to live the rest of his life devoted to his Ninjutsu training, Buddhist lifestyle and writing. In 2000 Retsuzen received a letter from the president of the Poetry Guild asking for permission to have his poetry published in the UK, and so was published in two countries in numerous poetry books. Today his writings have stemmed out to include his love for the martial arts, in the form of “How To” books and articles on many other topics. Some of his works include the, “Shikata Training Manual”, “How to read people accurately and quickly”, “A beginners guide to the martial arts”, “Using herbal remedies”, “The basics of Meditation”, and “Living off the grid a beginner's guide.” For more on this author’s writings search his name at Amazon.com and at Examiner.com. You can also learn more about Merlyn’s martial arts experience by searching for his name at the UCMAUA website.