The Ninjutsu actually refers to a group of martial art styles and not a specific style. It evolved and developed as a way of life for the survival of the Japanese people who contradicted the cultural class of samurai.
With a history of 1000 years old the Ninja possessed many notable skills and activities during the Japanese Civil War period of 13th – l6th century. All martial arts threw off their military importance in 1868 when peace prevailed in Japan, but the teachings of Ninjustsu continued underground and made an appearance in modern times from the 33rd Grandmaster, Toshitsugu Takamatsu.
As the legacy of the Ninja passed on the 34th Grandmaster, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (Dr. Hatsumi has been described as a living treasure in Japan), the Ninjutsu was made known to the Western world for the first time in 1970. Then, in the United Kingdom and Europe in 1983.
There are many things involved in the art of Ninjutsu including armed and unarmed combat forms, history, philosophy and strategy. The few schools that now teach this martial art, they usually have a very complete teaching system.
The posture and flow are the two main points that Ninjutsu focuses during the fight. Each response to an opponent’s move is designed specifically to put you in a position of power. Having this position may turn a negative and difficult fight into a positive one.