|Posted on May 27, 2011 at 10:44 PM|
Just for the record, I am aware that the historical ninja did not practice one style called "Ninjutsu". Ninjutsu was the word that described methods for spying and covert warfare, not a specific martial art.
What we now call "Ninjutsu" is actually a combination of different styles of several clans who were also known to be involved with "ninja" activites. What most people don't know is that ninja were samurai who practiced covert warfare. Ninja is not the opposite of samurai. It's like how both Black Ops. and Marines are soldiers, but they have different ways of waging war. Some clans of samurai believed in being sneaky (or more accurately they HAD to be sneaky), while most did not.
Samurai practiced Jujutsu, or more accurately, koryu (old) Japanese Jujutsu. All of these "ninja" clans had different styles of koryu jujutsu that have now been combined into one system that is called "ninjutsu", because it has been combined together with the methods for covert warfare. So technically I should be calling the martial art I practice "Koryu Jujutsu", but that's more difficult to say and requires me to explain what it is every time I say it. So I call it ninjutsu.
However, what I practice is still "ninja" martial arts because all of these different clans were "ninja" clans, and it is different than other styles of Jujutsu, especially modern ones. So it's not the same thing as "Jujitsu" or "Brazillian Jiujitsu" which is a different thing entirely.
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