Ninjutsu [忍術] is a Japanese art practiced by the Ninjas, very popularly known in anime like Naruto. Did you know that this art really existed? Are there still practitioners of the Ninja art?
In this article we will see absolutely everything about Ninjutsu, its origin, curiosities, weapons used, not to mention differences between real-life Ninjutsu and anime. To facilitate your navigation, we will leave a summary below:
What is Ninjutsu?
Ninjutsu is an art used by the Ninjas for espionage, sabotage, murder and other purposes. This art requires a lot of wisdom in several other martial arts, have discipline, good administration and discretion.
The word Ninjutsu [忍術] comes from the ideogram [忍] which means resistance, patience and self-restraint along with the ideogram [術] which means art, techniques, skills, means and tricks. Ninja [忍者] is the person trained in Ninjutsu.
O ninjutsu can also be called ninpo [忍法] which literally means ninja arts. Where the ideogram [法] means method, law, rule, principle, model and system. The ninjas have a code of conduct called Ninpoh Ikkan.
The basics of ninjutsu
Ninjutsu is a martial art with the objective of putting the body, mind and spirit together, in order to develop the human being and leave him in harmony with nature, defeating his defects and improving his abilities.
The ninjas developed a fighting technique or a martial science full of strategies capable of facing all types of hand-to-hand combat or with weapons, whether on the ground, at a distance, using firearms or causing twisting in the opponent.
The Ninja also needs to learn the art of disguise, the manipulation of the human body, to know the vital points and strategies for self-defense, self-sufficiency in fighting and psychological manipulation in the enemy.
Many ninjas need spiritual refinement, using breathing techniques, meditation and controlling vital and mental energy. They also need to overcome their emotional and mental vulnerabilities.
Many Ninjas practice diving, mountaineering, survival, target shooting and other exercises. This martial art is so famous in the world that even the FBI, SWAT and many others released know how to use ninjutsu.
Ninja virtues, rules, secrets and norms
The practically ninjutsu you need to correctly copy all your master's techniques, only then to start new techniques reaching maximum perfection and performing all techniques automatically without thinking. These steps are debts in 3 and called su, ha and laughs.
The Ninjas have rules that consist of never looking down on an opponent, underestimating his abilities and not being afraid to confront him due to his reputation. He must also never hesitate when taking action.
A ninja should never question his lack of preparation, let alone be afraid. He must never fear the enemy or act with a lack of confidence. You should never be afraid of the enemy's physical appearance or strength.
The ninjas follow 7 virtues which are:
- GI - Fair decision, attitude and truth;
- YU - Bravery and impetus for heroism;
- JIN - Love for the universe and benevolence for humanity;
- REI - Balanced and fair behavior;
- MAKOTO - Total sincerity;
- MERYO - Honor and Glory;
- CHUGI - Loyalty and devotion;
Ninjas have rules that can even be recorded in a Dojo. See some below:
- Do not demonstrate or say anything in the face of danger;
- Forget your ego, be patient and do not fear death;
- Keep an indomitable spirit in the face of strong enemies;
- Serve and protect the master as if you were his parents;
- Addictions dissipate your proficiency;
- Destroy the enemy's power, but leave your life;
- Do not teach others without the master's permission;
- Forget all the sorrows, grudges, anger and hatred;
- Be worthy do not deviate from your path of good;
- Do not let ambition and lust take over your soul;
- Focus all your time and mind on practicing Budo Taijutsu;
- We must accept sadness, hatred or want as a blessing from mother nature;
The Ninjas also have 8 fighting secrets called “Ninja at Hachimon“.
- NINJA NO KIAI - The explosive expression of spirit and internal energy;
- NINJA NO TAIJUTSU - The study and practice of body techniques;
- NINJA IN KENPO - Study of sword techniques;
- NINJA NO SOOJUTSU - Study of methods using spears and sharp objects;
- NINJA NO SHURIKEN - The art of throwing darts, knives and throwing weapons in the shape of a star;
- NINJA NO KAJUTSU - The art of using fire as an ally;
- NINJA IN UGEI - The art of deceiving and deceiving the opponent;
- NINJA ON KYOMON - The study of religions, medicine, philosophy, meditation, history, mathematics, chemistry, physics and psychology;
History and origin of Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu was remote for more than 900 years, in a historical context in which the Samurai dominated Japan. It was born when Tibetan monks spread to various countries in Asia to practice terrorism, espionage and resistance against invasions by the Manchú in China.
During the Chin dynasty the temples were destroyed and the monks took refuge in other countries like Japan. These monks gave rise to various martial arts and one of these was the Ninjustu.
The monks had contact with ronins, who were samurai without masters who no longer followed the code of conduct. Over the years, those who became ninjas started to work as mercenaries.
Even the Japanese government started using ninjas as spies until the end of World War II. Nowadays art is used as a personal defense or by the army of some countries, due to its agility in disarmament and its techniques in attack, defense and immobilization.
Since its beginnings, ninjutsu was naturally practiced by children, young, old and women. In the West, ninjutsu was taken by men Doron Navon and Stephen Hayes around 1970.
Weapons Used in Ninjutsu
At the Ninjutsu there are several types of weapons that can be used in battles with your opponents. Many of these weapons are homemade tools such as a broom, parasol, screwdriver, pliers and even a sheet.
At the Ninjutsu it doesn't matter which tool is used in the battle, but who will be the winner of the fight, whether it is fair or not, what matters is to beat the opponent. Ninjas are able to use anything in battle to win.
Many weapons that we will present below are associated with the Ninjas, but they do not mean to be exclusive weapons of the Ninjas, some are used by Samurai or used in other fighting styles, not to mention those that were only peasant tools.
- Boken - Wooden saber for training;
- Bō - Long pole of 1.8 meters;
- Fukiya - blowpipe
- Fukumi Bari - Small throwing needles, blown with the mouth;
- Hanbō - Short stick of 90 centimeters;
- Jitte - Used to fight sword;
- Kaginawa - Rope with cross hook, used to climb houses and walls;
- Kama yari - Long stick with scythe;
- Kama - Small scythe, initially used for harvesting cereals;
- Kemuridama - Bomb of black smoke, explosive or blinding;
- Kodachi - Small saber similar to wakizashi, but without guard, handle slightly larger and more curved;
- Kunai - Utensil similar to a garden shovel or sharp trowel;
- Kusari-background - Chain with two weights at the ends;
- Kusarigama - A Kama with a chain and a metal weight;
- Kyoketsu Shoge - Similar to kusarigama, chain and metallic arc;
- Musubinawa - Rope with a single hook, used for climbing;
- Naginata - Stick with Alabarda machete;
- Orthos - Stick with blade tips;
- Shaken - Throwing dart;
- Shikomi Zue - Wooden staff with camouflaged saber;
- Shinobi Kumade - Rope used to climb, using a claw-shaped hook;
- Shinobi Zue - Stick with camouflaged chain;
- Shinobigatana - curved saber;
- Shuriken - Throwing star
- Tanbō - Two small wooden sticks, for attack and defense;
- So much - Japanese knife;
- Te yari - Small lance with hook;
- Tessen - Metal fan usually used by women;
- Tetsubishi - Pyramid-shaped carnation, used in pursuit;
- Wakizashi - Curved saber, similar to katana, but its blade is smaller;
- Yari - Spear with approximately 2 meters;
- Yumi ya - Kyudo - Bow and arrow (Art of throwing);
Naruto x Ninjutsu Real Life
The famous anime Naruto tries to represent Ninjas and their art called Ninjutsu well. Throughout the anime we have several references to the powers used by the character that are called Jutsu [術]. The word jutsu literally means art.
The ninjas in the naruto anime have absolutely nothing to do with real-life Ninjutsu. In the anime, ninjas are portrayed as humans with divine powers rather than a stealthy person who kills opponents.
Real ninjas kill people all the time. Nobody finds out why he is good at it. They are known for leaving unexplained corpses everywhere discreetly, not blowing up mountains and making craters.
Ninjas need to wear clothes that can help them blend in with the environment, something that doesn't happen in the Naruto anime that uses bright, strong and flashy colors instead of discreet black. Naruto's outfit only serves to show his location.
The anime features some Ninjas weapons like Kunai, Shuriken and some swords. However, in the anime these weapons are just embellishments and are rarely used for a powerful purpose, as they have supernatural powers.
What sense does it make for Naruto characters to use shuriken and other hundred weapons if they always make mistakes? A good ninja must have the ability to kill, pretend to be dead, murder, slaughter and dismember until the end.
Naruto characters rarely kill anyone, they exist long before they murder. Only occasionally does a villain commit murder to give the impression that they are evil.
Ninja Disciplines - Jūhakkei
Ninjutsu is a set of diverse disciplines and arts that ninjas study called juhakkei. Below we will briefly list these arts. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you liked it, share it!
- Bajutsu (Equitation);
- Bōjutsu (Art of the Long Stick);
- Bōryaku (Military Strategy);
- Chi-mon (Geography);
- Chōhō (Espionage);
- Hensōjutsu (Art of Disguise and Camouflage);
- Intonjutsu (Art of Evasion);
- Kayakujutsu (Art of Explosives and Pyrotechnics);
- Kenjutsu (Sword Art);
- Kusarigamajutsu (Fight with Scythe with Chain);
- Naginatajutsu (Fight with Naginata);
- Seishin Teki Kyoko | Seishin-teki kyōyō (Spiritual Refinement);
- Shinobi-iri (Concealment);
- Shurikenjutsu (Release of Shurikens);
- Sui-ren (Water Training);
- Sōjutsu (Spear Art);
- Taijutsu (Unarmed Combat);
- Tenmon (Meteorology);
How to Learn to Learn Ninjutsu
On May 15, 1645, eighteen Portuguese-Brazilian leaders signed a pledge to fight Dutch domination in northeastern Brazil. The movement integrated forces led by blacks, Indians and Portuguese natives who employed a guerrilla war - ninja-style war - to confront Dutch material superiority.
What is not explained is that, since 1543, Portugal traded with Japan, buying Japanese products and slaves and selling them in its main colonies, such as Brazil. It is speculated that the Portuguese had contact with the Ninja Art in that period and that it introduced a “ninja spirit” in the root Brazilian, a determination to “never give up”.
This course aims to clarify the historical roots of Ninja Art and teach a quick and effective method for you to recognize an authentic Ninjutsu dojo authorized by the Japanese Empire, without you running the risk of losing money, getting hurt or being deceived by the many “Fake- jutsu ”spread throughout Brazil.