The art of the ninja as a whole contains much more than fighting techniques. It is an entire set of survival and preservation skills that range from stealth to wilderness survival. Ninjutsu originated as a counter culture to the prevailing ruling forces of the period. In ancient Japan, the warrior class called the Samurai ruled the common people and society. The Samurai were warriors that followed a strict code of conduct called bushido. Samurai had their own unique class of society. Ninja on the other hand, dedicated themselves to a more unorthodox approach. [pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]Ninja skills such as; espionage, subversion, stealth, poisons, archery, and underwater fighting were in direct contrast to the highly stylized and ritualistic practices of the samurai.[/pullquote] Ninja skills such as; espionage, subversion, stealth, poisons, archery, and underwater fighting were in direct contrast to the highly stylized and ritualistic practices of the samurai. Ninja skills and talents were most notable to Japanese history during the Civil War periods of the l3th-l6th Centuries where espionage and subversion were in great demand. Ninja, also known as “shinobi no mono” still exist today in the teachings of Ninjutsu Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Soke Hatsumi, is the last living ninja. He is the 34th generation grandmaster of ninjutsu. He currently lives and teaches in his martial art school located in Noda City, Japan.
Ninjitsu, first and foremost strives to teach people how to understand themselves and their environment. Ninjutsu schools focus on Ninpo Budo Taijutsu or “warrior body movement”. This encompasses 9 martial arts schools of fighting arts. (Ninpo Budo Taijutsu is the name for all of the 9 martial arts schools combined). [pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]In Ninjutsu, the art of winning is also the art of survival.[/pullquote] Emphasis is on flowing in a natural movement thus creating a martial art system of motion that can work for every individual, regardless of size, strength or athletic ability. There are many reasons why Ninjutsu has persisted into the modern era and can now be taught at Ninjutsus school, but none are as important as the ninja trait of adaptability. Traditional techniques are still explored from the ancient originating Japanese scrolls, however, the modern Ninja must also train for current threats. Therefore, at Ninjutsu Schools these century old techniques are now adapted for defense against the knife, gun, and random criminal violence. In Ninjutsu, the art of winning is also the art of survival.