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OMG! —> Ninja’s Didn’t Wear Pants!

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The Ninja Did Not Wear Pants!
I just watched a video on YouTube where a ninjutsu historian was saying that ninja just wore hakama and bare legs!  He claimed he found it in historical scroll!

As many of you know, for years…
& I mean years!

People have bashed me for only wearing a hakama & bare legs when teaching class.

To all of you that want to talk trash about my slutty attire and whore-ish ways.  When I walk around the dojo, showing my pretty toes, long lean legs and sexy smile; that is me being a ninja!  In fact, it is proven to be in a historical ninjutsu scroll!

Ok, Ok, now time for the lesson.
(lets get serious)

When Kobayashi Sensei was teaching me hensojutsu (変装術), he always said that the ninja would wear what they needed to wear to infiltrate.  Sensei said that when training in various disguise (忍び七化け; shinobi nana-bake) this was part of yonin-jutsu (陽忍術).

When sensei was teaching me how to become a shadow (影隠術; kagegakure-jutsu), this was part of innin-jutsu (陰忍術) and this had many different forms and disguise as well.  In fact, he said that the shinobi-shozoku (忍び装束) has many different variations, not just the one that everyone talks about (which I will talk about in a future video).

Wearing only a kimono and no bottoms was an acceptable wear during that time in history, so it only makes sense that ninja would use this as a disguise as well.

In my training as an apprentice, I always wore a kimono top & no bottoms for many reasons.  However, all of my students, as well as all members of the online dojo, know that this is also proper attire.  Many of my videos in the online dojo was shot with me only wearing a kimono top and no bottoms.
* Picture left:
taken of me an apprentice in the mid-1990’s.
* Picture middle:
taken from video footage of the online dojo
* Picture right:
take from a photo shoot of me teaching ninjutsu.
Of course we wear shorts under the kimono to keep our ass and other parts covered.  No need to have all of that on a dojo floor!

(Q) What would the ninja wear?
(A) They would wear what they needed to wear.

Sometimes the answer is just that simple.

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I love all y’all too!
XXOO – Christa

New Book! – Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu! – Shoden-no-maki! – Now for Sale!

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Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu Shoden no maki, is a reference book to the modern day practice of the Tomo-ryu Koka Ninjutsu tradition. This tradition at one time was said to be one of the most powerful samurai shinobi clans in the Shiga prefecture of Japan.
This book documents and lists all of the skills, knowledge, and philosophy that is taught on the first scroll of the Tomo-ryu; “Shoden-no-maki”. Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu Shoden no maki is not just for the current students of the school, but for future generations who are seeking the truth of the Koka Shinobi.
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Anshu Christa Jacobson – Warrior Guardian Deity

Soke Christa Jacobson
Photo Taken – 6.2.2011
Warrior Guardian Deity

There was a militant side to Japanese Buddhism. Many monasteries were fortified and had standing armies. These measures began as protective measures against brigands and marauding armies but over time led to the sects becoming like feudal states, sometimes with large armies controlling entire provinces.

In almost every Buddhist country, the temple gates are guarded by two or more fearsome figures.

There are explanations for this. One understanding is that anyone who tries to enter the temple with a burden of negativity will find him- or herself unable to get past the guardians. Leave it all outside, they say, and enter with a pure heart.

In some countries, like Japan, the figures have a further feature. The Japanese “Ni-O” (“Two Kings”) are depicted one with his mouth open, the other with his mouth closed. A popular interpretation of this is that they are signifying “A” and “Un,” the two sounds which make up the Japanese pronunciation of the “sacred syllable” Om. Better, though, is another idea, based in the concept of duality.

The Two Kings, they say, represent the two aspects of In and Yo (yin and yang in Chinese philosophy). Further, they represent two of Buddhism’s great “evils”: Fear and Desire. Mister “A,” he with the open mouth, is the “IN” receptive, but he is also Desire, opening up for anything he can get. Mister “Un,” then, is the closed-mouthed passive “YO”, but also the one who lives in Fear, shutting out the possibility of any new opportunities.

“IN” is no good without “YO”. And the extremes of Fear and Desire prevent one from living a full life. And so it is only the one who can pass through the Middle, between IN and YO, get past Fear and Desire, who is eligible to seek the Buddha.

“Avoid evil; do good; purify the heart.”
– Buddha

I hope that you enjoy today’s lesson, and I hope that it helps you with your training. Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo RyuSchool of the Warrior Way
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist