Getting to Know Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu or Ninpo is a kind of Japanese martial strategy, art and the tactics used in guerrilla and unconventional warfare. Espionage was also a part of Ninjutsu. The shinobi used Ninjutsu as part of their duties. Outside Japan the shinobi was popularly known as the ninja. number of Ninjutsu or Ninpo styles are to be found today, the proponent of each style claiming to be the e!clusive legitimate heir of the martial art.
Schools of Ninjutsu/Ninpo
One of the very first schools to be set up to teach Ninjutsu"Ninpo among others was the #ujinkan organi$ation in %&'(. )t was started by *asaaki +atsumi, a martial arts e!pert. The others include Jinenkan, which is the art form that is propagated by umio *anaka, who was one of +atsumi-s original students and was given %th dan in #ujinkan. The other two famous schools include /enbukan, as taught by 0hoto Tanemura, also a pupil of +atsumi, and #ujinkan #rian 1ojo. The latter was founded by #rian *c2arthy who trained in the #ujinkan. There are many organi$ations and schools including 3uest 2enters started by 0tephen 4 +ayes, also +atsumi-s pupil and 1u! 5yu Ninjutsu.
Eighteen Skills of Ninjutsu
ll Ninjitsu styles re6uire their members to master eighteen skills. They are7%.0eishinteki kyoyo or spiritual refinement8.4enjutsu or sword techni6ues9.0ojutsu or spear techni6ues:.4usarigamajutsu or kusarigama techni6ues;.4ayakujutsu or pyrotechnics<.0hinobi=iri or stealth and entering methods'.0ui=ren or water training(.2hoho or espionage&.Tenmon or meteorology%.Taijutsu or unarmed combat%%.#ojutsu or stick and staff techni6ues%8.Naginatajutsu or naginata techni6ues%9.0hurikenjutsu or throwing weapons techni6ues%:.+ensojutsu or disguise and impersonation%;.#ajutsu or horsemanship%<.#oryaku or tactics%'.)ntonjutsu or escaping and concealment%(.2hi=mon or geographyThe literal translation of taijutsu is >body skill? or can be >body art?. )n traditional Japan, the word is fre6uently used interchangeably with jujutsu and refers to a swathe of grappling skills.
History of Ninjitsu