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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

I trained in Bujinkan for less than a year, but it was a very rewarding experience which informs my martial arts to this very day. It is a library of classical jujitsu technique. Virtually anything ...
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Why do ninjas stop with their follow through when attacking

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 ...
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Henka training - how to progress

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 ...
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Do ninja follow the bushido?

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 ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

Ninjutsu is nearly never something with a heritage from the former ninja / shinobi. This would be rather infiltration / survival training, or special ops training. Bujinkan Ninjutsu has a rather good ...
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Help me make a choice: Wing Chun or Bujinkan Ninjutsu

One of the things that is present in Steve's answers that he linked in his comments is that neither style is going to do much to prepare you for MMA due to a lack of active resistance. I've done a bit ...
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Help me make a choice: Wing Chun or Bujinkan Ninjutsu

The vast majority of wing chun and bujinkan schools would be more likely to have a net negative effect on your MMA training than a net positive effect. You're better off spending your time doing ...
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Was Bujinkan Ninjutsu practiced by ninjas in feudal Japan?

Outside of the question of efficacy, the authenticity of the Bujinkan system is indeed disputed. Masaaki Hatsumi claims to have received the teachings directly from Toshitsugu Takamatsu, who claimed ...
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Effectiveness of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

Not only for Bujinkan but for most martial arts, I'd add to the other answers that not only the effectiveness of techniques is important, but also the mental (or spiritual if you will) preparation is ...
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Why do ninjas stop with their follow through when attacking

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 ...
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Solo martial art learning

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 ...
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What martial arts are similar to Systema?

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 ...
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What martial arts are similar to Systema?

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" ...
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Solo martial art learning

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 ...
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Were ninja still active during WW2?

I don't think there is a consensus on the definition of shinobi/ninja, and thus their existence at any given time is spurious. Mystical shadow warriors have never existed. Historic accounts of any ...
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Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?

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 ...
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Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?

Yes, because it meets the definition of martial arts — a system of techniques and ideas utilized for combat and self defense. However, some people ask if ninjutsu still exists. The schools Tomagakure ...

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