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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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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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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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