The ninja of Old Japan are dead, and the little that is known about them is no longer relevant to life today. Ninja culture was basically espionage and assasination in an olden era.
As modern ninja, it is crucial to reestablish our purpose, our way of ninja. Then only can we determine our path to become ninja.
What Is Your Way Of Ninja?
The way of ninja is a set of ethics or rules that the modern ninja should follow.
It is true that the ninja followed no code of honour, and valued completing a mission above anything else.
However, their missions always served their personal beliefs, morals and philosophies. Some ninja were ninja because of their loyalty to a cause. Some ninja were ninja due to their desire to protect their village from rogue samurai and vagabonds. And there were ninja who served their selfish aims.
Your way of ninja should be a path that you are able to live with. Ask yourself why you want to become a ninja? What are your beliefs and philosophy? And consequently, how do those answers affect the kind of ‘missions’ you accept.
Ways To Become A Ninja
Once you have sorted out your way of ninja, how do you become ninja?
This depends on the type of ninja path you’d like to follow. There are three.
- Bujinkan Ninjutsu (traditional ninja techniques)
- Urban Ninja Techniques (a hybrid of different styles, notably parkour) – a term defined by WayOfNinja.com
- Combination of both
No matter the path you choose, you are still working toward being a ninja.
That said, I’ll gather and provide resources for both paths. I understand that when people talk about ninja training, they usually refer to ninjutsu. However, I do provide information about training (in stealth, martial arts and escaping) that is unrelated to ninjutsu.
Refer to the Ninja Guide for more details.
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