Ninjutsu is the ancient Japanese Art of the Ninja. It is the martial art of choice for
the night vagabonds and killers. Ninjitsu unlike it's social counterpart, the Samurai, is an underground class of warriors
trained to quickly gain entrance to hire security areas and achieve it's mission. Ninjitsu began more than 800 years
ago. Ninja means "stealers - in". Their forte is espionage and assassination, by any means
possible. Ninjas were usually trained from childhood and continued learning the art of Ninjitsu from birth. Soon,
even the elite Samurai class began to fear the Ninja for their notorious skills. Ninjitsu was practiced in great secrecy.
Upon the arrival of Modern Japan, the Ninjitsu class was absorbed into Japan's Secret Service arm of the government.
The art of Ninjitsu was later brought to the western world during the 1970's because of the work of Doron Navon and Stephen
Hayes. They found a Ninjitsu headmaster living in Japan who was willing to train them.
The art of Ninjitsu is also known as
"ninpo". Ninpo is a traditional Japanese bujutsu martial art that goes back for tens of centuries. It was developed
as a counter culture art to the Samurai Warrior Class and was considered to be anti-government and illegal. Ninpo continues
to be practiced today under the tutelage of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, 34th Grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu Ninjitsu Tradition.
Dr. Hatsumi is considered to be the last variable true Ninja Grandmaster having a direct line of decent going back to Feudal
The art of Ninjitsu has no bounds.
Their direct aim is assassination and espionage. They use many stealth and killer tactics including ninja stars, throwing
knives, smoke bombs, poisons, darts, bow and arrows, karate, wrestling and guerilla warfare tactics. Ninjitsu is best
known for their black uniforms and shurikens.
The ninja were very knowledgeable about
poisons. Poisoning a victim was as effective as stabbing them, but with very little mess or chance of failure. Once the poison
was ingested by the victim it was already to late. The poisons were mostly organic based, but some were taken from animals.
One method was to take the fungi poison out of the blowfish or puffer fish. This poison is very strong and can kill
in small doses. Another animal based poison was the bufo marinus. The bufo marinus is a large toad with an extremely
toxic poison behind its eyes. This poison was often used on darts, arrows and spear tips.
Spiders and scorpions were
also used. Not always just the poison extracted from them, but sometimes it was just as easy to slip a couple of scorpions
in the bed of the victim.
One of the organic poisons used was made from common fruit. Cyanide was extracted from a
variety of sources, such as apple seeds, plum seeds, cherries seeds and many more. It was readily available to the ninja and
was used often.
Tomato and rhubarb leaves also held a poison. Eating the leaves cause cardiac problems, ultimately
resulting in cardiac arrest.
The amanita phalloides is a deadly mushroom. The poison
in the mushroom was 10 times more powerful than that of cyanide. Eating the mushroom was certain death, and it was easy to
slip a piece of the mushroom in almost any meal.
The poison could be used in various ways, depending on the situation.
For example, if the ninja could slip it into the victims food while its being prepared. Without knowing what kind of danger
he was in, the victim would eat the food infested with the poison. Not all the poisons used by the ninja were fatal, some
of them were used to merely paralyze or cause blindness. It was not always necessary to kill.
Another thing the ninja
did was dip their weapons, such as the shuriken or their sword, in the poison. This was so when it punctured the skin of their
target, the fast acting poison would take its course, causing much more devastating than the blade itself.
Ankokutostoshijutsu - ways to see in the dark
Bakemonnojutsu - ghost art
Horsemanship (fighting from horse back)
Bujutsu - science of individual combat
Dakentaijutsu - striking method
earth escape art, like hiding underground or using the ground as an escape route
magic and illusions
Hansojutsu - the art of disguise kind of like
acting but making it real not just acting
Jujutsu - this is not the grappling art.... ten syllable
power methods. "skills said to enable a ninja to accomplish what conventional warriors could only back away from,"Stephen
Jutaijutsu - ninja's style of grappling
Jojutsu - staff
and cane fighting
Kappojutsu - resuscitation
- art of bone breaking
Kiaijutsu - the art of harmonizing with the
Kiaijutsu - shout of intention as a weapon
Kajutsu - explosives and fire arms
bone breaking or damaging
Koshijutsu - nerve or soft tissue striking
- sword combat
Kyojutsu - making the impossible possible and
making the possible impossible
Konsetsujutsu - joint working & joint locks
- wood escape art, like hiding in the trees or in a log on the ground or using the trees as an escape route
Masubitaijutsu - linking (not sure I think linking one empty hand technique and/or weapons technique
Nawanukejutsu - Escaping from bonds. The process is easily
visible to a guard or other person present, and can be interfered with. Due to childhood training, a ninja may use this skill
to squeeze through openings which would normally be too small for a person of the ninja's size. The suppleness necessary for
this special skill can only be achieved through childhood training.
- the art of ninja, ninpo, and nin
Oseijutsu - pinning methods of pinning your opponent to the
ground with nobody hurt
Shakinojutsu - flag discarding......this
is when an army copies the flags of the enemy and the enemy thinks it allies
Shoten no jutsu
- vertical surface running
Suitonjutsu - water escape art, like hiding
under water, or using water as an escape route
Shurikenjutsu - the art of throwing objects
Setonjutsu - snow shinobi
Saimonjutsu - hypnotism
and mind control
Takemustaijutsu - forging
- unarmed combat
Taihenjutsu - rolling traveling method
- body movement
Toritejutsu - arresting skills
The Ninja devised an ingenious method of telling
time by using a cat's eyes. Since a cat has such sensitive eyes, they adjust frequently as the sun passes through the sky.
The Ninja, like sailors, used the stars to navigate at night but they also discovered 2 other ways of determining
direction. One is through the use of a tree stump. If the Ninja came across the stump of a tree, he simply looked at the growth
rings to tell which direction was North. The rings become narrower and closer together as they approach North and wider and
further apart as they approach South.
Another, more accurate way, of determining direction was by the use of the sun
and 3 sticks. This method accurately determines True North. The Ninja found a fairly clear area that wasn't overgrow with
trees or bushes, etc. then he found a stick that was about a foot long and 2 twigs whose length didn't matter. The Ninja drove
the foot long stick into the ground and observed the shadow cast by it and then placed one of the twigs on the ground, at
the end of the shadow. He then waited about 15 minutes for the shadow to move and placed the other twig at the end of the
shadow's new location. The Ninja then placed his right foot on the first twig and his second foot on the second twig and the
Ninja was now facing True North.
Even the Ninja had to rest from time to time and one of the best places to hide was
in the tops of the trees. Since Ninja wore an exceptionally long sash, he was able to climb to the thick, upper branches of
a tree and then tie his sash from limb to limb in a "spider web" type pattern, creating a serviceable hammock to rest in and
to watch for approaching enemies.
Since the Ninja had to survive in nature, they became trained naturalists capable
of distinguishing edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, trapping, preparing and cooking animals, building shelter, finding
water, and making fire.
A few methods of finding water were by studying the insects in an area. For example, if there
was a high concentration of ants or crickets, he knew there was water nearby. Another way of finding water was by recognizing
the kinds of plants that live near water. If the Ninja found any of those plants, he knew water was near.
NINJA MAGIC "KUJI-IN
Kuji-in is the spiritual and mental strength the
ninja possessed in the form of hand signs. These hand signs were believed to be able to channel energy. The hand signs were
taken from the practices of the early Buddhists.
The Kuji-in was used to build confidence and strength in the ninja. It was also believed to enhance the
senses of danger and foresee death for the ninja.
In Kuji-in the thumb represents the source of power (Ku), and the fingers represent the four elemental manifestations. They are Chi (earth
- solids), Sui (water - liquids), Ka (fire - combustion) and
Fu (wind - gases).
There are 81 hand symbols, total, but there are 9 primary ones: Rin, Hei, Toh, Sha, Kai, Jin, Retsu, Zai, and Zen. Each symbol invokes different strengths and abilities
in a trained ninja. Rin brings strength to the mind and body; Hei generates psychic power in order to mask one's presence;
Toh enables the ninja to reach a balance between the solid and liquid states
of the body, which leads to a greater harmony with the universe; Sha is
used to heal oneself or another; Kai gives complete
control over the body's functions, enabling one to slow the heart rate, endure extreme heat and cold, etc. Jin increases the mind's telepathic powers, giving a highly trained Ninja the ability
to read the character of another; Retsu gives telekinetic powers, enabling
a ninja to stun an opponent with a shout or touch. Zai extends the harmony
gained by merging with the universe. Zen brings enlightenment and understanding. These symbols take an entire lifetime to truly master.