Ninjutsu the art of enduring, Has been a thought in many's mind as Smoke bomb throwing, Black suit wearing, Ninja star throwing martial artists. And thats what comes to mind when you think of them. Some of the myths are based of true fact, But others were made by the ninja to scare there mortal enemy the samurai. Bujinkan and Genbukan, Are still around today, And I suggest anyone interested in pursuing this path goes to one of them. And Pick up a book by Stephen K hayes. Take some stuff you read on the ninja with a grain of salt.

  1. Etymology
  2. Brief history
  3. Skills used—Iga/Bujinkan
  4. Surviving schools
  5. Where it stands today/Modernizing.

Nin-endure/to endure
Justu-the skill or art of
Nin+Justu-the art of enduring

Brief History
In their history, ninja groups were small and structured around families and villages, later developing a more martial hierarchy that was able to mesh more closely with that of samurai and the daimyo. These certain ninjutsu trained groups were set in these villages for protection against raiders and robbers.

"Ninja museums" in Japan declare women to have been ninjas as well. A female ninja may be kunoichi the characters are derived from the strokes that make up the kanji for female . They were sometimes depicted as spies who learned the secrets of an enemy by seduction; though it's just as likely they were employed as household servants, putting them in a position to overhear potentially valuable information.

As a martial organization, ninja would have had many rules, and keeping secret the ninja's clan and the daimyo who gave them their orders would have been one of the most important ones.

18 Disciplines or Skills
The 18 disciplines are:
Seishin-teki kyôyô (spiritual refinement)
Taijutsu (unarmed combat, using one's body as the only weapon)
Kenjutsu (sword fighting)
Bôjutsu (stick and staff fighting)
Shurikenjutsu (throwing shuriken)
Sôjutsu (spear fighting)
Naginatajutsu (naginata fighting)
Kusarigamajutsu (kusarigama fighting)
Kayakujutsu (pyrotechnics and explosives)
Hensôjutsu (disguise and impersonation)
Shinobi-iri (stealth and entering methods)
Bajutsu (horsemanship)
Sui-ren (water training)
Bôryaku (tactic)
Chôhô (espionage)
Intonjutsu (escaping and concealment)
Tenmon (meteorology)
Chi-mon (geography)

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