The imitation of a kumoso was a common skill,
which was a traveling minstrel going place to place living on donations. A large
wicker hat would be worn as well; doing so would hide a ninja’s face while
still blending into their surroundings. A yamabushi
was another role a ninja would imitate. A
yamabushi is a person who lived a monk-like life, rarely traveling to buy supplies.
Imitating these two life styles, a ninja could cover great distances without bringing
One infallible technique was the paper lantern trick.
For infiltrating castles sneaking in wasn’t always the answer. In
this case it was possible to simply enter by the front gate. “To get into one castle, a group of ninja stole a paper lantern bearing the badge of the enemy daimyo.
They then made replicas of the lanterns, and marched straight into the castle bearing their fake lantern badges”. After
entering the castle they quickly set it on fire, and escaped. Not only were they
able to easily set the castle on fire, but they left the enemy believing that the fire was started from a traitor within.
Ninja were used a lot in war “they served as spies,
scouts, or commando groups that would make guerilla attacks on enemy castles and encampments. When an army retreated from
the field of battle, ninja with firearms were left lying in hiding to attack the
oncoming enemy soldiers”.
According to Michael Efstathiou, “He
the ninja would protect himself with techniques not of assassination but rather of sensation and an acute awareness of his
natural surroundings. He would avoid unnecessary conflict, and even if armed with a blade would find a way to win without
staining it, using minimal effort and inflicting minimal injury necessary to neutralize his opponent”.
This statement is a shock from the ordinary perception of the actions of a ninja. Michael
Efstathiou, known as Sensei Michael Efstathiou, is a teacher of an authentic Ninjutsu school which started in 1998
When Japan’s civil war ended in the Edo
period, it forced the ninja to find different rolls. “They were very useful
to Tokugawa, acting as spies and bodyguards in
the enforcement of the laws that allowed him to maintain control of the clans” “Ninjutsu
is one of the few surviving martial arts which has maintained its traditional warrior heritage and still teaches actual combat
While many other marital arts don’t teach the foundational
principles, but merely display the training as that of a sport, and not true
fighting. Ninjutsu offers its students training
for real combat, with highly effective, sophisticated techniques refined over generations in real combat. Ninjutsu is the
most appropriate art alive today, for those interested in practical martial arts training for real combat, rather than sports
Although the history of the Ninja is full of secrets and
the unknown, there are documents that give historians a very good idea of what a ninja
was and is. Even today ninjutsu is
preserved by Sensei Michael Efstathiou. When
studying the ninja, many of the superstitions and myths are revealed to be false. Based on information gathered from many sources ninja aren’t the dark grim supernatural
monsters people for so long have feared them to be. Although ninja are not as
honor led as the samurai, they have their own path.
With out the ninja, Japan
wouldn’t be the way it is today. The ninja were an important and needed
part of history. Following the order a daimyo, ninja have killed corrupt political figures; doing so kept Japan
in order. Also Ninja were used in war; the ninja’s
secretive action could lay surprise attacks on enemies of war. Tipping the favor
to the side in which the ninja abided. In
the arts of secrecy, deception, and slyness, ninja have no match.