Ninja were mystical martial arts warriors who conjure
up a picture in your mind of a stealthy looking black
clad assassin who can achieve super human feats of
walking on water, flying through the air and being
able to pass around completely undetected by their
enemies and then disappear in a cloud of smoke before
anyone has even had any idea of their presence.
Ninja warriors had the ability to seemingly appear
out of the shadows, multiply and defeat, or escape
their enemies when all odds were stacked totally against
ninja warrior could in reality do a lot of these things
and they often encouraged stories about their mysterious
abilities to fuel superstition and feed the fears
of their enemies to their advantage.
The ninja warriors were a cult of assassins and spies
and sometimes ex samurai warriors who were hired by
feudal shoguns or samurai lords as mercenaries to
carry out underground espionage and secret missions
were the arch nemesis of the samurai warriors and
were highly skilled at guerilla warfare and the art
of stealth and assassination.
The ninja developed underground guerilla techniques
as an alternative to full frontal assault, which was
not effective in battling the samurai because the
ninja were almost always outnumbered by the samurai
warriors and had very little chance of winning by
attacking them head on.
Ninja warriors practiced the martial art of ninjutsu
or ninjitsu, which means the ‘art of stealth’.
form of martial art was adapted to the need of the
ninja warrior to hide from the samurai and other enemies
and so developed techniques to allow the ninja warrior
to move around undetected and to strike deadly blows
from the shadows, swiftly and effectively.
is the closest form of martial arts to ninjitsu because
both styles are focused on body mechanics and manipulating
the wrist, knee and shoulder joints.
little known fact is that many ninja warriors wore
armour like the samurai and performed a similar role.
The underground mysticism, secrecy and deadly ability
of the ninja made them much more feared and also more
influential than the samurai, even though they were
much less in number.
of the many assassinations of enemy warlords and widespread
tales of magical powers and the use of strange forces
unknown to common man, people became very fearful
of the ninja warrior.
Another little known fact is that some of the most
deadly ninja warriors were female. Some of the most
successful ninja assassins made use of the art of
seduction to lure their unknowing victims to be blinded
by emotion before they were killed as soon as they
lowered their defenses.
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