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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 ...


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.


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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