The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art
Stephen K. Hayes
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Look past the legends and learn about the REAL ninjas of feudal Japan with this entertaining, illustrated ninjutsu guide.
Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural powers because of the near-invincibility of their unique and deadly art.
In The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art, Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, reveals the secrets that lead to the perception of the ninja as warriors of almost sorcerous skill—the art of invisibility, special tools and weapons, and psychological training enabling the ninja to gain advantage in any situation.
- Perspective—Origin; Organization; Training; At the Height of Power; The Decline; Ninjutsu in the Modern World
- Search for the Ninja
- Unarmed Combat—The Ninja Fists; Fighting Postures; Other Factors
- Weaponry—Chains and Cords; Sticks and Staffs; Canes with Concealed Weapons; The Ninja Sword; Throwing Blades
- The Way of Invisibility—Sense Deception; Phantom Steps; Reconnaissance; Blending with the Night; Attacking the Eyes; The Art of Disguise
- Shadow Warriors—Espionage; Commando Tactics
- The Realm of the Spirit—Psychological Warfare; The Force of the Killer; The Great Harmony
the enemy. He was simply aware of him and his powers, and took appropriate precautions. SHADOW WARRIORS The training hall in the master’s home, in which I studied ninjutsu with the other students, was small by Western standards. The tiny room was paneled in wood and had a polished wooden floor. All throws, leaps, and rolls were done on the bare floor to prepare the students for the reality outside the dojo. Racks and pegs along the walls held all sorts of weapons: some made for
soldiers to accomplish. It was these exploits that gave rise to legends that are still popular in Japan today. The ninja’s guiding philosophy was to choose the dark, quiet, and subtle method over the bold, active, and forceful. In this way, the natural order of events was disturbed as little as possible. Suggestion took the place of force, deception replaced confrontation, and the adversary was guided into unknowingly doing the ninja’s bidding instead of being crushed in humiliating defeat.
hierarchy, the more valuable he could be to the ninja’s cause. The enemy’s people might be persuaded to become agents through promises of wealth, power, or other gain, or through blackmail, threats, or fear. Once he had made the commitment to betrayal, the spy stayed in the service of his former leader while giving information and assistance to the ninja. Fu (Wind) Approach. This was characterized by harmonious interaction with others, and a quality of being everywhere at the same time.
the sake of fitting in. “It’s a common thing in the States, desire. Everyone wants a big car, a big house with a pool, lots of money,” I agreed amicably. After all, the man was my teacher. There was an odd pause. The master seemed to be looking for words. He tilted his head slightly and continued his explanation. “Well, yes, those are desires. But those desires are superficial and rather easily overcome. What we are talking about are the desires of the personality. Demanding that things be
as well as their Japanese disciples, are said to have been the. teachers of the original ninja families. These beliefs remained closely associated with the ninja even after they became codified into the mikkyo (esoteric doctrine) sect of Buddhism in later years. Ninjutsu coalesced gradually from a mixture of these Chinese and native Japanese elements; unlike most Oriental religions and martial arts, it was never actually founded at any one specific point in history. The basic body of