Is Ninjutsu Good for Self-Defense?


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Contrary to popular belief, Ninjutsu, as practiced by ninjas, isn’t all about violence, street skirmishes, or sneaking across rooftops. But is Ninjutsu good for self-defense?

Here’s what I know from knowing one:

Ninjutsu is good for self-defense. Practitioners learn a wide range of brutal physical techniques but also methods of distracting or confusing an opponent, allowing for escape, which is often the best defense.

In today’s world, Ninjutsu is a big thing. Ninjutsu is an amalgam of the words “ninja” and “jutsu”, which stand for skill and practice, respectively. This art is commonly connected with ninjas and their combat style.

Ninjutsu is one of the most dangerous martial arts globally, ranking below (to some people) Krav Maga and LINE (a martial arts system created for the United States Marine Corps.)

So is Ninjutsu really that dangerous?

I wrote about Ninjutsu in a recent article, making some valid points as to why Ninjutsu is considered dangerous. You don’t believe it is dangerous?

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Is Ninjutsu a fake martial art?

Ninjutsu is not a fake martial art by any means. However, it employs a wide range of techniques, including some which would not be seen in other martial arts, such as espionage, deceit, sabotage, infiltration, disguise, and psychological manipulation.

While Ninjutsu was historically an espionage system, the term can now be used to refer to any ninja training disciplines.

To put it another way, martial arts are a subset of Ninjutsu.

Definitions change over time. It’s also easier to unite all ninja disciplines – including fighting skills – under one umbrella term: Ninjutsu.

So DO think of it as a martial art.

But compared to many, it is well-rounded and includes training on a wide variety of skills and tactics that truly make it more of a complete system than most other martial arts.

Is Ninjutsu a combat system?

Ninjutsu can be called a combat system, but it is really an amalgam of separate disciplines which cover a wide range of techniques to form the whole Ninjutsu system. Combat is a part of that, but far from all of it.

Ninjutsu (colloquially called Ninpo) is a martial arts discipline that focuses on employing deception and stealth to defend oneself.

Ninjutsu is frequently connected with Shinobi (or Ninjas) and is believed to have originated from Japan.

This martial arts style employs a wide range of martial arts skills, including takedowns, the use of ninjutsu weapons (such as the Shuriken, Kunai, Shuko, and Kyoketsu-Shoge), and stealth (for purposes of defense, information gathering, and other tasks).

Can you get a black belt in Ninjutsu?

Ninjutsu is based on the kyu/dan system but does not have the bulk of the colored belts present in Karate and other martial arts today. Unranked students normally wear white belts, kyu-grade males wear green belts, kyu-grade women wear red belts, and students with a dan rank or higher wear black belts.

Where extra-colored belts are seen, they usually pertain to children, and their importance varies by school.

In a typical modern Japanese ranking system, rank begins at 10th, 9th, or 8th Kyu, depending on the system, and progresses until the student reaches 1st Kyu, and then Shodan (1st Dan) or 1st Degree black belt.

In the Bujinkan, led by Grandmaster Hatsumi, a green belt represents a Kyu level, a black belt represents a Dan level, and a white belt represents someone with no rank.

Some schools allow women to wear red belts instead of green belts.

But others allow red belts to be worn instead of green or black belts. And those that allow it instead of black often allow purple uniforms instead of black uniforms.

This is uncommon these days.

The Bujinkan also features a traditional Japanese ranking system, in which pupils acquire various menkyo licenses. As far as I know, only a few Japanese senior instructors have received menkyo in the traditional Ryu of the Bujinkan.

Which art is more deadly, Ninjutsu, Taijutsu, or Genjutsu?

Taijutsu and Ninjutsu are deadlier than Genjutsu, which is fictional. But between Taijutsu and Ninjutsu, Ninjutsu is the deadliest as it encompasses a wider array of techniques.

But Ninjutsu is the blanket term for all aspects and disciplines a ninja goes through during their training.

Taijutsu is one of those disciplines under the broad umbrella that is Ninjutsu. Taijutsu means unarmed or weaponless combat. It features training hand-to-hand combat and deploying hits and strikes that can be fatal to opponents despite the absence of a weapon.

Genjutsu, on the other hand, is a creation of the popular Japanese anime Naruto. Masashi Kishimoto is the author and illustrator of the Japanese comic series Naruto.

It chronicles the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a teenage ninja who wants fame from his peers and aspires to become the Hokage or village leader.

The story is divided into two sections, the first is set in Naruto’s pre-adolescence, and the second is in his adolescence.

According to this anime series, it is said that there are three types of jutsu: Genjutsu, Ninjutsu, and Taijutsu. Genjutsu (meaning Illusionary Techniques) is one of the basic chakra-based jutsu genres.

Unlike Ninjutsu, the effects of Genjutsu are solely sensory illusions felt by those who fall prey to it.

Is Taijutsu the same as Ninjutsu?

Taijutsu is a part of, but not the same as, Ninjutsu. Taijutsu is that discipline that deals with unarmed/weaponless combat. Ninjutsu encompasses Taijutsu in addition to many other techniques and styles.

Taijutsu (translates to “body skill” or body technique”) is a Japanese martial art term that refers to any combat technique, method, or martial arts system that employs body motions and is described as a non-weapon combat system.

Jujutsu is a synonym for Taijutsu (method of unarmed or with minor weapons close combat). Jujutsu, Yawara, and Taijutsu are all terms that can be used interchangeably.

The term is frequently referred to as a traditional martial art from Japan.

But it has also been used to name contemporary martial arts such as Yamabujin Goshin Jitsu, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, and Gendai Goshin Jutsu.

Taijutsu is comparable to Karate but focuses more on body skills.

When describing a martial art, more specific titles than Taijutsu are often used, such as Judo (which focuses on throwing and grappling), Aikido (which focuses on throwing and joint locks), Karate, and Kenpo (focusing on striking).

Which martial art is best for self-defense?

Krav Maga is the best method for self-defense. While not a traditional martial art, it is a complete, simple, and deadly self-defense system that anyone can master in a relatively short time compared to most traditional martial arts.

And I say it’s not a traditional martial art because it lacks a spiritual component which martial arts traditionally have.

When it comes to self-defense, knowing what to do and what NOT to do is key. For example, we all know martial arts aren’t really for hurting people.

But people have to protect themselves from other people who do not respect that opinion. So how do you get free from someone who has no respect for the rules you do respect?

Take, for example, there comes towards you, a 6ft drunk looking like he could break you in half, and you are thinking of kicking.

He is drunk, guys. He might not feel a thing. And let’s not get started on a drug addict or a psycho. It’s you or him. He needs to stay down. Make sure he stays down.

Luckily, Krav Maga isn’t the only way to deal with this. And knowing any amount of any martial art is better than none.

Muay Thai or kickboxing should be efficient, but it might not be enough.

Most self-defense scenarios are completely different from the movies, so they can end up in any way. Prepare for the unexpected.

What about ninja weapons?

Most of us don’t go around carrying ninja stars, katanas, or nunchakus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t buy them and practice with them.

Luckily, I talked about the website Karate Mart in a recent article. Are they legit? Do they sell martial art weapons cheaper than Amazon or Century Martial Arts?

Just click that link to read it on my site.

Conclusion

In the article, we checked If Ninjutsu is a fake martial art and found out if Ninjutsu is a combat system.

We also checked out if you could get a black belt in Ninjutsu and which art is most deadly between Ninjutsu, Taijutsu, and Genjutsu.

Then we checked if Ninjutsu is the same as Taijutsu. We wrapped things up by looking at the best martial art for self-defense.


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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell was Academy Director for a large martial arts school for over 7 years, and has trained extensively in a variety of martial arts including Brazilian Jiujitsu, different styles of Karate, the Russian Martial Art of Systema, Aikido, and much more.

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