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This depends what time period you refer to. Bushido was a not formally written till the Tokugawa period at a time of peace and rigid order. During the Sengoku Jidai, Bushido was thought of as mere guidelines in a similar way to the "chevalerie" of the middle age Europe. Ninja, or shinobi, were foremost spies. As such, of course, they had no honour and ...


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From the standpoint of "is it a martial art" I think the answer is most definitively "yes." Many of the techniques it practices are very fitting in with other contemporary "martial arts." It teaches hand-to-hand combat and techniques such as dive rolls and breakfalls, among other things, that are commonly found in other martial arts. I can't really think ...


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It will be pretty difficult to do Judo alone. You can practice kung fu or any other martial art with forms (pre-arranged patterns) by yourself though. If you don't already know the martial art, though, you're setting yourself up for failure. Save yourself and any future teacher a few headaches and don't try to learn from DVDs or Youtube. Don't get me ...


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"It depends." Partly on your goals, partly on what you hope to achieve via sparring. First things first: If shin guards are standard in your studio or if your instructor recommends them, then absolutely get them. You might talk to the senior students and see if they agree with the advice before springing for them, but this is one of the situations you ...


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[NB: It is entirely likely that you will have no idea what I'm talking about here. Unless you have training in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu, this will all be foreign to you, and this is purposely so. This is based on content from my own training manual, and is meant to aid students in their continued study of taijutsu and is not for everyone.] From the ...


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Short answer - catch your shin on your opponent's knee or elbow in a roundhouse kick without shin guards and see how you feel. ;) Or, to look at it another way - Do targets defeat the purpose in training? Does a face mask or mouth guard defeat the purpose of training? Does practising with dull/not metal throwing stars or a wooden blade defeat the purpose? ...


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If you're conditioning your body, shin guards defeat the purpose. If you're sparring, shin guards allow you to walk home afterwards.


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If there's one thing I've learned over the years of training (Ninjutsu as well): It's better to have the equipment and not need it than to need it and not have it. If the instructor suggests them, buy them; he'll make your life hell if he thinks you're not taking his advice. Any sort of padding will make the training less realistic, but is that necessarily ...


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For some reference, Ive been training in a ninjutsu school for a couple years now. From what I have gathered is that the ninjutsu aspect of the art is more of a state of mind rather than specific martial schools. The ninjutsu aspect focus's on getting out of line of sight and distracting the opponent. In fact the only unique ninjutsu kata i have found ...


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There is no evidence to support the ninja being active much further than the Edo Period. Fujita Seiko was claimed to have taught ninjutsu at Rikugun Nakano Gakko (Nakano School for Military Intelligence), but there's no evidence to support these claims. Essentially, the historical record of the shinobi ends with the Shimabara Rebellion (1637-1638). "Men ...


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I'm not a practitioner of ninjutsu, but my experience in martial arts tells me that what you're seeing is actually normal. Here are a few reasons why I believe this: The video you link was meant to teach/showcase a technique, not show off the ninja's skill. The important part was the cartwheel, and the sword was only there to show you what the cartwheel ...


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Your option to learn new things is pretty limited. Forms have some, limited value Since you've mentioned kung fu as one of the directions you might go, there's plenty of video online of various forms and lots of books to back it up that you can do. This might help you develop leg strength and coordination, but your options for learning how it flows/...


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(Disclaimer, I train in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu) Nin "JUTSU". The answer is in the name. Wikipedia Update Dr Kacem Zoughari discussing ninjutsu as an martial art. Is there a unique [set of martial arts] for the ninja? Not in my experience. The basic weapon work (bokken, bo, tanto) is very similar to other "traditional" Japanese martial arts, and so is ...


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If we assume, as others have described, that arts such as Kyudo, Kendo, Kickboxing, Kumdo, Escrima, etc. are martial arts, then we need to give a broad definition to the term. Martial Arts could, therefore, be described as: A codified system for the development of skills of or derived from the arts of war. In this way, we include under the banner 1.) ...


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This is an interesting question and I'd like to hear other's views on this. I once read an article about diabetic foot ulcers. The articles explained that some diabetic lose sensation of pain from their feet. Your feet will automatically adjust weight distribution based on biofeedback. This happens subconsciously. However, since some diabetics don't feel ...


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There is an additional angle here: the shin guards do not just protect your shins, they also protect your sparring partner from your shins. This can even be the more important thing, because while your shins can hurt a lot when hit, they are actually quite robust, they are very effective as blocks and can do great damage in attacks. Head, groin and gum ...


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You've answered your own question. It's etiquette. Right-hand means you don't expect to use your sword. Left-hand means you're ready for action. The Samurai had loads of rules and etiquette to abide by. This code of conduct is called Bushido (the way of the warrior). It's a lot like the Western concept of Chivalry. In modern terms, it would be like carrying ...


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It's similar to the concept of shaking hands with your right hand. The majority of people are right handed, so when shaking hands you present this hand and clasp to show you do not have weapons. With a sword, a right-handed person draws faster for combat with the sword on the left side of the body. All of this assumes people are right handed. If someone is ...


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Ninjas were useful because they could do things that violated Bushido. However, they did have their own moral code. In the translation of the Bansenshukai (one of the manuals used by ninjas), there is entire portion devoted to "Correct Mind". The Bansenshukai is translated by Antony Cummins and expresses that ninjas should be able to stray from a righteous ...


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Henka means "variation" or "change". In other words, a different way of doing something. It doesn't refer specifically to the kihon happo ("basics" / "essentials") of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, although you are expected to learn many different henka for each technique. That's part of the training. The theory goes like this: When a technique is first shown, it ...


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I would think it can definitely be considered an art because it evolves over time, and students who become teachers will favor certain techniques and skills, and will assimilate techniques and skills from other arts. It also is not a closed system bound by unbreakable rules - IOW if you come up with a new technique or skill that works then you can ...


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I've faced a similar problem. It is similar in the fact that I've spent some time during the years doing solo training. The difference being is that I've spent a couple of years drilling the basics of my art in a club before live took me to an extended cross country trip. I train every day every day at least once. I've learned a couple of things regarding ...


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I've done penjak silat for several years - the thing that interested me in Systema was a lot of similarity in movement around both blades and ground mobility. You may find some schools that will give you some similar movements from the various styles of silat, but penjak silat is also sometimes hard to find depending on where you are. I do know if you ...


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Based upon my experience with the Bujinkan system, I think it's got more to do with this being an instructional video. By stopping the blow where he does, he gives a better idea of what arc the sword took. When we did do weapons training, we followed through on all of our strikes.


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It probably depends on which aspects you're looking for. The focus on practical fighting methods might suggest looking at something like Krav Maga. If you're focused more on the "inner peace and calm" aspect, you might look into one of the more combative forms of Tai Chi, or to Aikido. Bankuei's suggestion above of Silat might also work, as it's got a bit of ...


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Since you are interested in ninjutsu, you can learn techniques from Bujinkan which culminates 9 schools of martial arts (including 3 schools that teach ninjustsu). While it is important to guide your training through classes, the grand master and other practitioners have released many instructional videos for purchase and many free online videos. Along ...


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Having seen your question in context, I can understand why you've asked it and I believe you're being a thorough practitioner by posing it. If I may (...well, I'm going to anyway :D ), Have you given thought to how you distribute your weight across your feet while you're standing relaxed? Also, how would the same question be answered were you sprinting... ...


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First of all, Here (Youtube)'s some related eye/mind candy from the show Fight Science. Now I will ask you some other questions instead. Why are you in stance X? What do you want to be able to do from there? Anything you need to do will require energy transfers: from you to the ground, from the opponent to you (and maybe to the ground). Weight distribution ...


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This is quite an interesting concept, and underlies why it can be advantageous to cross-train in more than one martial art. There are many variations and emphases between arts, and even within the same art across schools. Cross training can force you to rethink things you've already learned, and perhaps come up with a blend where each influence only makes ...


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Knockouts happen because of concussions, not how hard the foot, shin or hand striking the head is. Shin guards will hurt less, but will be just as effective at delivering a knockout. Use this info as you wish. This doesn't really answer your question, but it's useful information.



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