Is Ninjutsu a Real Martial Art? – Here’s a Case For Why the Answer is “No!”

What is Ninjutsu? Have you ever thought of that?To some, it’s a martial arts choice among martial arts choices. To others, it’s the martial art of the Ninja – these superhero, commando, super-warriors capable of taking on an army of “bad-guys,” single-handedly.But, if you’re going to master this “thing” called “Ninjutsu,” doesn’t it seem logical to first know and understand what that “thing” is? Otherwise, especially with something as deep as Ninjutsu, also known as “Ninpo” in it’s higher, philosophical, life-mastery form, you could end up wasting a lot of time, effort, and money – and still be no closer than you were when you started!This article explores the question that is hardly ever asked… “Is Ninjutsu a real martial art?” And, believe it or not……the answer comes straight from the Ninja’s philosophy – not the author’s opinion!It is also important to note that, regardless of the attempts of a group of instructors to force the Ninja martial art into a formal, “official” structure – a “right” way to do it…The fact remains that Ninjutsu is unlike any other martial art in existence. So much so that I personally don’t believe that it is a “true” martial art at all.Now THAT is a controversial statement. And here’s why I believe that to be true. But that belief is not based on empty opinion, or y own unique way of approaching it – it comes from three decades of exploring, studying, and coming to a direct, real world use and realization of what the ancient masters of the art and it’s philosophy and life-ways, passed down to us.In the realm of conventional martial arts – as opposed to “True Budo” – the real “martial or warrior ways” that were passed down to us from ancient masters – there are certain common factors that are simply outside of authentic Ninjutsu.Some of these factors include:1) Adherence to a set, predefined way of doing things. The presence of a “style” mentality.2) Generally, there is only one school or set of principles being taught. You can see this even in schools where the teacher has attempted to combine styles in an attempt to fill in the gaps of each other.3) A sport, competitive, or recreational focus, and…4) Almost entirely limited to the learning of and use of martial, combative, and self defense skillsTo be sure, there are many other commonalities among today’s conventional martial arts. But the point is that at least these elements run contrary to the focus and ideals of Ninjutsu. The art of Ninjutsu is not, and has never been limited to “fighting” and self defense. Does it have those elements? Absolutely.But, in the realm of the Ninja’s philosophy… The self defense and combat aspects were developed to protect the philosophical teachings – not the other way around.In fact, in today’s world of conventional and sport martial arts, the student learns or develops life qualities as a by-product of the martial training. Completely opposite the fact that the Ninja student learns ancient lessons and strategies for recreating his or her life to be in alignment with their life-purpose and Universal laws – and then the martial skills are there to protect that life from whatever might threaten it.In conventional martial arts systems, if a student wants personal development training, it has to be added on or he or she must seek it out elsewhere. In Ninjutsu, it is the personal development and life mastery teachings that give a purpose to the self defense skills!In Ninjutsu, the only purpose for the combat skills is for the protection and preservation of life! Not for rank, trophies, status, or the elevation and glorification of ego!Very, very different focus altogether. So, are you looking for a martial art where you can be a “tough-guy” – one where you can win trophies and earn a bunch of brightly colored belts… Or are you looking for something deeper, more significant – something that has stood the test of time and produced Warriors – not just “fighters?”

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4 Tips on Choosing The Right Martial Arts Gear

When it comes to martial arts gear you have a million products to choose from. Some of these items are a waste of your money and others are great for improving your skills. Most of the retailers online are just trying to sell you the latest and greatest not what is best for you. In this article I will review just a few pieces of equipment and explain why you should buy them.Buy Leather not Vinyl- Almost every piece of equipment comes in either vinyl or leather and I can tell you from personal experience, buy the leather. This is one time where you definitely get what you pay for. Leather holds up to the abuse better and will usually out last the vinyl version by 3 to 1. I have found that most vinyl products will begin to break down and tear easily. The harder you strike, the more you need the leather to take the impact.Get Adidas- Adidas is one of those companies that has invested a lot of time and money in researching the martial arts and they get it! Their equipment is high quality and once again it lasts a long time. I have been in the martial arts for over 26 years and I can tell you from experience, your Adidas will last.Great Mouthpiece- This is one item I suggest you spend extra money on, you will be glad you did. The standard mouthpiece at your local sports store will probably be fine if your not doing any contact.Listen To The Experts- The best way to know how good a piece of equipment works is to ask someone who has used it. This is your best reference for learning the quality of the item and how it will improve your skills.When it comes to improving your skills you don’t need a lot of martial arts gear, but you do need to work hard. The more you practice your techniques the better you will get. Nothing can replace hard work and sweat when it comes to achieving your goals. Good luck with your training and continue to practice each and every day.

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