Traditional Ninjutsu

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The origins of Ninjutsu are different for many of their schools (Ryu). Some schools adapted teachings brought to Japan from China, while others where born in Japan.

During the golden age of Ninjutsu, there were approximately 70 different schools (Ryu). These Ninjutsu and bujutsu schools ranged from hand-to-hand combat, hand-to-weapon, and weapon-to-weapon.

These traditional fighting arts were taught and practiced in the Iga and Koga regions of Japan. The Iga and Koga regions were considered the centre hubs for Ninjutsu and the Ninja.

Many of the traditional Ninjutsu schools were developed around training designed to prepare practitioner for all possible situations in combat, and also to enhance their way of life.

Traditional Ninjutsu as a whole was not about the martial arts, but it was a means to enhance life. The arts taught Life Skills.

Ninjutsu schools taught such things and medicine and chemistry. Ninja were able to survive long periods without food or water, and could concoct medicines while in the field if they were injured.

Ninja were taught to use and respect nature, which is way many beliefs of the time period showed that Ninjas were descendants from winged creatures called Tengu, which lived in the forest.

Ninjutsu teaching were always passed on from Master to Student. Even though the teachings were recorded in written form (Densho), they meant nothing to a non-student of the school. The knowledge was mostly passed on by mouth with the Densho used as guides and pointers to techniques of the particular schools.

Since the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Ninjutsu Ryu have slowly disappeared; they were either combined into other Ninjutsu Ryu or vanished from existence when their methods were no longer needed.

To this day there are only 3 schools of Ninjutsu left, passed on by Toshitsugu Takamatsu to Masaaki Hatsumi, which have been incorporated into Bujinkan Ninjutsu.