Are the ninja warriors really samurai? In this video, I discuss the truth about the ninja and their relation to the samurai. Different schools take a different approach when talking about this subject, because different schools have different ryuha, which has its own unique history and tradition.
Within this organization (Budo Ryu Kai) the answer is simple. Yes. The reason for that is because the main ninjutsu training in this organization comes from the Tomo-ryu. The Tomo-ryu was in fact started as a samurai tradition, and in the beginning, it was a sword school that focused its techniques on the use of the short sword (kodachi). Because I am the 21st Soke of the Tomo-ryu, it is important that my students understand the history and tradition of the Tomo-ryu. From the Tomo-ryu kuden and densho perspective, yes, the ninja are samurai spies who are trained in unconventional warfare (shinobijutsu), thus the name of the tradition: Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu.
In the video, I used Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu (1 of the 7 warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu Kai) as an example. Eishin-ryu is one of the most popular forms of swordsmanship in the world. I wanted to prove my point about the reality of what people “think” ninjutsu and bujutsu is, and how blurred those lines really are, without being political or bias with a particular answer or position.
This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
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