What is Ninjutsu?
Ninpo-taijutsu, is more commonly known as ninjutsu, and both are relatively modern terms to explain ancient martial traditions and schools which were based in or around a loose counter culture to the more historically well known samurai, the traditional ruling class of Japan. The fact that the ninjutsu practitioners were usually based in smaller and more remote communities is one of the major reasons that their collective martial disciplines have been saved from fundamental change; what we have and what is taught is a system of martial arts that specialises in the total practicality of confrontation, aggression and combat. There is no sporting concept within the study of ninjutsu.
Ninjutsu is a very well reasoned set of congruent thoughts and actions specifically tailored and targeted at pitting your natural and learned advantages and strengths against the studied weaknesses of your enemy. This is strategy, this is the art of the advantage.
A sound fighting strategy is coherent and congruent action backed up by strong technique, an effective mixture of thought and action with a basic underlying structure of movement distance and timing. Within the associated arts of fighting the most basic strategy, whether it be an army against another army or one warrior against another warrior, is the application of strength against weakness. This is the first, natural and often overlooked advantage of a sound fighting strategy. Pre conceived ideas of strength and weakness are sometimes unsound. You will learn to observe, and there you will see what those who are not trained do not see, or have ignored or discarded through rashness, stupidity or ignorance. If you fail to identify and analyse the obstacles, dangers and the strengths of your enemy, then you don't have a strategy, you only have hope.
Those skilled at ninjutsu make sure that their momentum is closely channelled and their timing is closely controlled. Momentum is like drawing a catapult, timing and control are like pulling the trigger. There is no use in being an expert in striking if your grappling is poor, as there is no use in being an expert in grappling if your striking is poor. There is no use in being an expert in both striking and grabbing if your locks and ground work are poor. This is why you train so hard; it is to keep all your links strong. This is ninjutsu.
For more information about ninjutsu please visit Budo Warrior Schools.
Martial Arts in Cardiff
There are many martial arts in Cardiff ranging from Judo to Muay Thai. Each Martial Art currently being taught in Cardiff has a lot to offer anyone who is interested in broadening their horizons. So with so many great options to choose from, what makes Kunoichi/Shinobi Dojo stand alone?
The answer is the instructors.
Michael and Randa frequently visit Japan to better their understanding of Ninjutsu. As well as travelling to Japan they also travel around Europe with some regularity to train in places such as Paris, Dublin, Manchester and Berlin in an effort to seek out the world's leading practitioners, so as to return to their students with their findings.
They provide a constant presence in their Dojo, moving silently amongst the hardworking students, always watching and studying the progression of the class. This ensures that each student gets enough attention and no one gets lost in a crowd.
Ninjutsu has been a quiet constant within the Martial Arts community in Cardiff for the past 15 years, continually growing, evolving and moving forward.