Share Article|1162 when he met a wanderer from China. Kain Doshi was a Chinese warrior-monk.After extensive discussions, Daisuke renounced his samurai Bushido code and the twoworked together in developing a new guerilla warfare theory called ninjutsu. They organizedthe first ninju ryu or school which they called the Togakureryu.
Bushido and Ninja Philosophy
This samurai code of Bushidoemphasized honor and loyalty above everything else. Asamurai going into battle would select his worthy opponent and challenge him; then thewarrior would recite his family pedigree before he attacked. All this was very honorable andnoble, but entirely unnecessary in getting the job done. The early ninja training rejected theBushido code of conduct because it simply was not practical.Ninjutsu is nothing if not efficient and effective. If an unknown technique proved to beeffective, the ninja warrior adopted and used it.
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Eight methods of warfare, as well as the use of unconventionalweapons, comprised the ninjacurriculum. The techniques included body skills, karate, spear fighting, staff fighting, blade-throwing, the use of fire and water, fortification, strategy and concealment.Most of the weapons were modified from farm tools such as sickles, wood cutting saws,pruning shears, pitchforks and hoes. This was practical both in fighting and in concealing theiridentity if caught. Any working farmer might carry these tools.The ninja did have medium lengthswords, war pikes and staves, and knowledge of themartial arts. Ninjas did not use throwing stars, but they did invent the specialized shuko, aniron hand-crampon used in climbing.The most unusual weapon was the musical flute. The traveling ninjas disguised themselves asmusical, mystical bards. A ninja entertained the crowds and paid for his meals with music andstories, and his innocent-looking flute doubled as a blow-dart tube or a club.Another weapon in the ninja's toolkit was poison. They carried a variety of poisons to applyto the tips of their blow darts or to add to food.
The period between the 14th and 17th centuries was the highlight of ninja history. The fury of war blazed across Japan, and mercenary ninjas hired out to the highest bidders.Ninja history is permeated with folklore and myth and accurate historical records do notexist. As a result, no one knows just how much of the ninja tale is true.Source:
The Ninja, Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan
by Kacem Zoughari Page; TuttlePublishing (April, 2010)
Copyright Diane Evans. Contact the author to obtain permission for republication.
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