Hatsumi Soke

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Soke, (Grandmaster) of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu


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Real ninjutsu is not for assassins or wrongdoers, but for those who wish to cultivate perseverance and endurance in order to find better ways of leading a happy life. Looking back over nine hundred years of history, ninjutsu was understood as shinobu ho or a way of perseverance and endurance; and then came to be called ninjutsu (nin meaning perseverance and jutsu meaning an art. ) The well-tried ninjutsu developed into ninpo, which embraces a religious and philosophical concept as well as the art of war.

(-Hatsumi Soke, from Essence of Ninjutsu, ch.6)