Ninja vs. Samurai. If they fight, who wins?
During a “1-1” fight, the samurai can win easily. There are 4 reasons:
1- Samurai could posses 2 swords (katana and wakizashi). Ninja usually did not carry any swords. Some ninjas had only 1 short sword. The katana is the best sword in the world.
2-Samurai could own a horse. A samurai with a horse is more advantageous than a ninja without a horse.
3-Samurai are more experienced in combat fighting. Ninja specialized in espionage and covert fighting.
4- The samurai are not allowed to have any job except fighting. Ninja were farmers. Samurai are better prepared to fight.
In a rugged terrain, or in the mountain area, the ninja group may win. The ninja have better survival skills as a small group. If it is a large-group fight, the samurai can easily win.
The ninja and the samurai usually collaborated. They did not fight against each other. However, in certain occasions, they fought against each other. Most of the time the samurai won. During the war of Tensho-Iga (1581), the ninja clans were devastated by the samurai (The forces of Oda Nobunaga). Even though the ninja were defeated, their guerilla fighting skills impressed the samurai. The samurai started using the ninja spies after 1581.