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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 about suspicion.


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 techniques.”

 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 and competition.”

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.