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Ninja Training 101 - The Biggest Misconception About Ninja Training

By: Jeffrey M. Miller | May 26 2010 | 373 words | 85 hits

Are you interested in mastering the art of ninjutsu? I may be a bit biased since it's the art that I have been training in since 1980, but I can certainly understand why. Ninjutsu - the art of Japan's ancient shadow warriors - is a composite system of many arts and disciplines that come together to create one of the most complete systems of self protection and personal enlightenment ever developed.

But, there is a huge misconception within the martial arts world as to exactly what makes up the Ninja's self defense system. This misunderstanding is created as a result of the truth that "we can only see what we know."

Does that make sense?

What I mean is this: if you only know baseball and golf, then the game of cricket is going to look like a screwed up game that was made up by combining baseball and golf - not cricket. The same goes for the martial arts.

If you see "judo" when you see a ninja applying a throwing technique...

Aikido when you see him applying a joint lock, and...

Karate when you see him punching and kicking...

It would be easy and logical to make the assumption that the ninja's martial art is a blend of at least these three martial arts. So, it would only stand to reason that, if you learn each one, then you would be doing the same thing - even without an authentic Ninja teacher to guide you.

And, unfortunately...you'd be wrong.

Again, "we can only see what we know." And, if you don't know that the martial arts of Japan looked very different prior to the Meiji Restoration in the mid 1800's, then you would have no way of knowing that the arts I listed above were born of their founder's response to the laws enacted during that time, and not the original forms as they had been developed and passed down to that point.

I can assure you that the Ninja's taijutsu ("body art"), or unarmed self defense method, just like everything in the art, is unlike anything being practiced today. That includes not only the way techniques are applied, but even the very way that a Ninja sees and thinks about combat and the techniques he uses to defend himself and others.


About author:
 Are you serious about mastering the art of ninjutsu - about having the power, confidence, and control to handle any attacker - any situation? Read my newest ninja training book, "Becoming The Master." Get your free copy at: http://www.warrior-concepts-online.com/becoming-the-master-subsc.html Jeffrey Miller is a master-teacher in the centuries-old art of Japan's ancient shadow warrior. Each month he shares his 30+ years of training, research, and knowledge - combined with his years of real-world experience using these teachings on the dangerous streets of our modern world - with literally thousands of students from all over the world. Shidoshi Miller says, "If you really want to learn ninjutsu, and become a master of the Ninja's arts, then I can show you the secrets for developing the power, confidence, and control of a true Ninja warrior!"
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