Ninjutsu

What’s Ninjutsu?  In today’s context for martial artists, Ninjutsu refers to a broad category of martial arts training. It is not a single school or defined set of traditions and techniques. Hailed from Japanese teachings from the ninja and samurai eras, the thousands of waza and weapons utilized by today’s Ninjutsu masters incorporate philosophies and tactics that can be traced back to the oldest pre-Japan martial art observations ever recorded or passed down from master to student for generations. Japanese martial arts tradition benefitted from other ancient war technology and learning descended from India, China and the Mediterranean, among others. Today’s Ninjutsu martial artists also experiment with modern adaptations that respond to 21st Century conditions and environment.

One of the most known modern day Ninjutsu schools is Bujikan Budo Taijutsu, the school of Hatsumi Soke. It is based on 9 particular schools of samurai and ninja heritage taught to the Grandmaster by Takematsu.

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“Essence and Tradition: There is no shortage of books written about the essence of Budo, but it is preferable to regard most of these as autobiographies of people with experience. We must not lose sight of the mystery zone of budo/bugei/strategy in which if there is too much knowledge it becomes foolishness.”
(Hatsumi, Essence of Budo. p.22)

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Other schools have been started by Grandmasters, some of whom started their training under Hatsumi. There is some debate about what is a ‘Ninjutsu” school and which techniques are considered to fall under that term. But numerous schools or Grandmasters teach techniques and philosophies in common with a range of martial art techniques under the category of Budo, Ninpo, Samurai, Ninja, and Ninjutsu, such as Genbukan, Jinenkan, and To Shin Do.

Is Ninjutsu The Same As Ninja?

Modern Ninjutsu is considered by many to be the legacy of the Ninja. You can actually learn how to be a “Ninja”, using the same samurai and ninja methods and weapons. Find a dojo near you, attend training seminars, and use other resources and videos to learn this ancient martial art. “Basics of Ninja Training” is our recommeneded black belt course featuring Bujinkan (Ninjutsu) instructor Mark Roemke, officially authorized to teach the art by Hatsumi Soke in Japan. That course is authentic Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, also known as Ninjutsu, the ancient art of the NINJA. Whether you are a beginner or already studying Bujinkan (or any other martial art) video instruction provides you with a timeless resource that will forever support your quest for more martial art wisdom and skill. Even if you don’t train, watching and learning about Ninja strategies and tactics will blow your mind.

Ninjutsu Black Belts in the 21st Century

Thousands of people are training for their Ninjutsu black belt all over the world.  For martial artists with a background in very structured arts such as karate, jiujutsu, aikido, tae kwon do, and more find that Ninjutsu has similarities, but can go far beyond because it draws from a much broader history and is less finite and structured. Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, in particular, is fairly unstructured allowing Sensei to follow their own criteria for belt rank, sharing thousands of waza and henka at taikai events where knowlege is demonstrated in an uncompetitive environment.

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