Ninja Experience – Kyoto with Kids

We have selected the best ninja experiences in Kyoto and listed them below. For groups and families we recommend The Samurai & Ninja Museum’s ninja experience which costs approximately 2400 JPY and lasts 1 hour. If you are travelling solo and have a car, then, you may want to try the Koga ninja village in the Mie Prefecture.


Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto

At the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto, you will find some of the best ninja experiences in Japan. By paying 2400 JPY,  you can throw ninja stars, use a ninja blow gun, watch a samurai sword show, dress up like a samurai warrior and join the English guided tour about ninja history. You can also wear a full ninja uniform if you join the family ninja training plan.

Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto

Samurai & Ninja Museum’s ninja plan is the cheapest and most popular in Kyoto based on online reviews. All classes and the museum come with hundreds of five-star reviews on Trip Advisor.

At the Samurai and Ninja Museum, you can wear the traditional ninja uniform and learn how to use the weapons that made the ninja feared throughout Japan. Learn how to throw shurikens stars and use a ninja blow gun before discovering the discipline involved in handling a samurai sword. This is particularly fun if you are traveling as a big group.

Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto

You can book you ninja experience in advance by visiting the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto websiteThe location is near the historic Nishiki Food Market,  walking distance from Gion and the Nijo Castle. Classes are available for all age groups. You can get directions from Google maps, here

The Samurai and Ninja Museum has amazing ninja instructors. Whatever your age or physical abilities, you will have a good time learning the history of the ninja and practicing with some of the weapons they used. This is a fantastic activity for children and those adults that would like to indulge in childhood fantasies.

  • Hours: 10:30 ~ 20:30
  • Full ticket including ninja experience: 2400 JPY (Around 22 USD)
  • Location  : Near Nishiki Market. 2-minute walk from the Kawaramachi Subway Station. Near Shinkyogoku Shopping Street.
  • Telephone (English OK):  075-585-5410
  • email (English OK):
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Ninja Kyoto Restaurant

Update: The Ninja Kyoto Restaurant was closed on 12/31/2018. The location is near the Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum. 

At Ninja Kyoto, you will find a more relaxed ninja experience. The entire Ninja Kyoto entertainment complex is dedicated to the ninja. You will discover ninja themed restaurants where your ninja waiter will come and perform tricks at your table.

There is a theater where you will find stunning acrobatics performed by highly trained ninjas. This entertaining show lasts for about two hours and has something for all the family. Including wire walking, fire blowing and stunning projections.

Ninja Kyoto Restaurant

The Ninja Kyoto Restaurant complex has an excellent selection of restaurants ranging from buffet style canteens to fine dining. At some of the restaurants, you can even learn how to prepare your own Ramen.

The entire Ninja Kyoto Restaurant complex is excellent fun for all of the family. As there are lots of interactive attractions and games for children.


The Ninja Training Dojo Kyoto

The Ninja Dojo Kyoto is suitable for adults with real metal ninja weapons. You will learn how to handle samurai swords and daggers. As well as learning the meditation techniques that allowed a ninja to strike with deadly silence and precision.

The Ninja Training Dojo Kyoto

At The Ninja Training Dojo Kyoto, you can book an experience that will last from one hour to one full day. It is a bit challenging to find this hidden dojo as it is located on the second floor of an office building. The Ninja Dojo costs about $100 per session.

  • Hours: First lesson is at 10 AM,  last lesson is at 5 PM
  • Full ticket including ninja experience: 12,000 JPY (Around 110 USD)
  • Location  : 2-minute walk from the Karasuma subway station.
  • Telephone:  075-585-5410
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Toei Uzumasa Park Photo by Carlos Caniguante

The Kyoto Studio Park has variety of studios. There is a lot more to this experience than practicing the ancient art of the Japanese ninja. At the Kyoto Studio Park, you will find a wide selection of activities suitable for all the family.  Toei Kyoto is a working film studio. This is where many drama and ninja films are made. Most of the studios are open to the public, allowing you to explore some of the many movie sets. Many of these sets resemble the traditional ninja villages of a bygone era.

The only problem with the place is it has a steep entry fee (2200 jpy) and you have to pay for ninja experiences and shows separately . It is also located in the Uzumasa City a bit outside of central Kyoto.

  • Hours: 09:00 ~ 17:00
  • Entry Ticket only: 2200 JPY (Around 20 USD), about 10 USD additional fee for each experience or show
  • Location : You can only go there by bus or by taxi.  10 Uzumasa Higashihachiokachō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-8161
  • Telephone:  075-864-7716
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Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, Iga, Japan , Photo by blackest event


Besides the ninja museum in Kyoto there is another ninja museum in the region named The Ninja Museum of Igaryu. The place is located in the Iga City, also known as the birthplace of the ninja tradition. It takes about 2 hours from Kyoto one way and you can go there by train. 
Being located next to the Iga Uena castle this small ninja village attracts some attention among locals. You can see the ninja trick house and old ninja shurikens if you pay a visit.
There is also Koga ninja village where you can enjoy some ninja activities with Japanese locals. Koga is known as the  real ninja town. The “Koka Ninja Village” is about 2.5 hours from Kyoto.
  • Hours: 09:00 ~ 17:00
  • Entry Ticket only: 800 JPY (Around 7 USD), no ninja experience or tour included.
  • Location : It takes about 2 hours by train from the downtown Kyoto area. 117 Uenomarunouchi, Iga, Mie 518-0873
  • Telephone: 0595-23-0311
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Ninja VR experience is a shop in the located in the arcade of the Higashiyama district. The venue is geared toward Japanese and specializes in the VR experience. You can put on the VR headset and play ninja VR games for about 30 minutes.

  • Hours: 11:00 ~ 20:00
  • Entry Ticket: 5500 JPY (Around 50 USD)
  • Location : Walking distance from the Sanjo train station. 
  • Telephone:  075-864-7716
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The waraku sword experience is geared toward adults who want to use a metal sword and cut tatami rolls while wearing a hakama.

  • Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
  • Entry Ticket:  13000 JPY (Around 120 USD)
  • Location : Walking distance from the Omiya train station. 
  • Telephone:  080-4265-3100
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One of the most exhilarating experiences in Kyoto is spending the day as a ninja because there used to be actual ninjas hired by the rival samurai clans residing in Kyoto. Nowadays, you can throw ninja stars and learn the stealth moves used by the worlds most deadly assassins. A Kyoto ninja experience can last a few hours or a full day.   If you have time and budget you can take long intensive lessons, if you are visiting as a group or family then you may want to visit The Samurai and Ninja Museum with Experience in the downtown area where you will learn the sacred arts that allowed Japans most feared assassins to step in silence and strike with deadly accuracy.

Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto, Samurai Costumes in Kyoto

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Samurai Museum Kyoto

Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto

Wear Japanese warrior costumes & pick up sword skills in an immersive samurai museum.  The interactive samurai & ninja museum near Nishiki Market. Kyoto samurai sword shop. Hourly samurai shows and hourly guided tours in English. Kyoto’s best rated samurai, ninja, martial arts and history museum. Our samurai souvenir shop has antique swords, replica katanas. A samurai village and samurai house feeling including a ninja dojo inside the museum. The ninja park for kids and a separate kimono tea ceremony room for families also available.
At our museum you can use a real samurai sword, wear a samurai armor, get a sword lesson, do a ninja training, watch a ninja show and throw shuriken (ninja star) and use a ninja blow gun.

The samurai & ninja museum is located in the downtown area of Kyoto near Nishiki Market.

The samurai & ninja museum hours are from 10:30 am ~ 8:00 PM.

The samurai & ninja museum price is ¥2400 for the FULL entrance fee and full experiences. The full package includes English guided tour, samurai armor experience, ninja star throw experience, ninja blow gun experience and samurai sword demonstration by a swords master.

The samurai & ninja museum is the cheapest experience in Kyoto and the only museum with continuous English guided tours. It is not a museum exhibitions only as the ticket includes many hands on activities and a samurai show. The ticket price is about 3 times cheaper than any other similar experience or any other similar guided tour in Kyoto.

The samurai & ninja museum is ranked as the #1 museum in Kyoto. You can read the Tripadvisor reviews here and you can read the google reviews below. You can see the user photos here 



Samurai Museum Kyoto

Japanese Sword Museum Kyoto

Things You May Wonder about the Ninja

How can you become a Ninja?
One can only become a ninja if he/she is born in a ninja family in a ninja clan. There were only two ninja clans in Japan (Iga and Koga) though hundreds of ninjas moved to Edo (Tokyo) during the Edo period. If you were born in the Ninja community, you could become a ninja. Ninja training requires a lot effort and commitment, that is why the culture of ninja gradually disappeared since there was not much need for professional ninjas in the Meiji period.

How did the Ninja train?
A lot of theories about the way ninjas trained remains a mystery because ninjas were mostly considered spies and they did not leave much written records behind them. The ninjutsu is a concept that was recently put together in 1900s.
And also in Japan there are dozens of RYU’s (an independent training way or training school) which differ from one another. The oldest ninja training Ryu is Tokagure Ryu though not all ninjas trained in the Tokagure Ryu way. Almost all ninjas trained on stealth walking, fast running and surviving in the wild, making poisons and explosives from the early childhood.

Were there female Ninja?
Yes! If you were born in the Ninja community, you can become a female ninja. Female ninjas knew how to use the ninja weapons but they also disguised as a beautiful girl to seduce the or pretended a sick girl in order to sneak into the Samurai mansion. The female ninjas were called kunaiichi, their sword was different from male ninjas’ sword (not straight and does not have a hand guard).

If a ninja and Samurai had a fight who would win?
If it is an individual fight, the samurai is likely to win though the ninja often used the weapon called kusari gama (sickle with chains) which can be quite effective to stop a samurai with two sharp blades.
1- Samurai were the only ones who carried 2 swords (katana and wakizashi). Ninja usually did not carry any swords. Some ninjas carried only 1 short sword.
2-Samurai were the only ones who traveled by a horse. A samurai with 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 were not allowed to have any job except fighting (in the medieval times). Ninja were farmers who were hired as mercenaries.
If it is a small-group fight in a rugged terrain, the ninja may win. The ninja have better survival skills compared to the samurai. If it is a large-group fight, the samurai are likely win.
The ninja and the samurai usually collaborated. However, in certain occasions, they fought against each other. 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 guerrilla fighting skills impressed the samurai. The samurai started using the ninja spies after the 1580s.

Were there other warriors in feudal Japan besides the samurai and ninja?
Yes there were warrior monks who challenged the samurai clans for a long time mostly known as sohei. The most well known warrior monk group was Ikko Ikki who ruled some regions in the Northwest Japan in the 1500s. Ikko Ikkis belonged to the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect of buddhism who used Ishiyama Honganji as their headquarter. They did not wear a helmet and mostly fought by pole arms. They caused heavy damages to the armies of Oda Nobunaga who eventually defeated them in 1580. Similar to Ikko Ikki there were also Yamabushi, the mountain hermits who practiced shuugendo (the esoteric religion that is the combination of Buddhism and shintoism). They were close to the Ikko Ikki and ninjas. Many researchers claim there are similarities between the tactics and lifestyles of yamabushi and the ninjas. Yamabushi disappeared from the history along with Ikko Ikki when Oda Nobunaga burned Ishiyama Honganji in 1580 that was located right where Osaka Castle is located today.


The role of Ninja in Feudal Japan

The ninjas were most active in the 1600s and 1700s being hired as spies and assassins for the daimyos. Although their image is usually associated by assassination, most of the time they were spies who could walk very silently, run very fast and make poisons and simple explosives. They usually worked as individuals or small groups.
In Japanese, ninjas are usually called “shinobi” which means spy. Spies always existed in the history of Japan. In the 12th century two clans in the central Japan area, Iga and Koga, were a little different from the other samurai clans. They did not have a typical samurai system and they had more communal lifestyles. Some families in Iga and Koga (e.g. The Mochizuki family) were in close contact with the Yamabushi (mountain hermits) who practiced shuugendo and some families in Iga and Koga practiced distinct martial arts, the most well known was Tokagure Ryu. These two societies emerged as the first ninja clans but they usually did not fight for or against the other samurai clans in battles except for defending their territories against Oda Nobunaga’s forces in 1579 and 1581. They won in 1579 but lost in 1581.

The History of Ninja

Japanese people believe that the ninja have some supernatural powers such as controlling others’ minds or walking on the river. This is perhaps because people in the Iga and Koga regions had long been practicing hypnosis and botanics that arrived from China in the 6th century when Buddhism was introduced to Japan.
• Prince Shotoku (574 ~ 622) reportedly had a famous spy named Otomono Sahito who is considered to be the fist ninja in history.
Despite the fact that the Iga and Koka towns are very close to Nara and Kyoto, the residents were not ruled by any samurai clan and commonly practiced shuugendo (esoteric Buddhism that promoted mountain training).
During the Nara period (710~794) the yamabushi (back-cap wearing mountain monks) emerged. They abstained from pleasurable things, maintained simple lives in the mountains and they were good fighters.
When the Tang Dynasty in China fell in 907, many monks and generals came to Japan and shared their knowledge of warfare and the eastern philosophy mostly around Central Japan including the towns of Iga and Koga.
In 1162, a samurai from the Genji clan moved to Iga after losing a battle against the Taira clan and renounced his samurai status. He changed his name to Daisuke Tokagure. He later met with Kain Doshi, a Chinese monk who was exiled from China to Iga. Together they developed Tokagure-ryu, the first organized practice of defense and stealth techniques. These techniques are also called ninpo-taijitsu.
Historical records indicate the existence of shinobi during the Muromachi Period. There are references to ninjas who secretly burned the Hachimanyama castle and infiltrated the Ototsu Castle during the Nanbukochu wars (1336~1392).
During the Sengoku period (1477~1615) everyone was aware of the guerrilla fighters in Iga and Koka who maintained a communal life different from other towns in feudal Japan. Oda Nobunaga’s son tried to invade the town of Iga in 1579 but got defeated badly.
In 1581, Oda Nobunaga attacked the town again with the army of 40,000 men, The ninja were vastly outnumbered and lost against the army. Oda Nobunaga reportedly killed most of the Ninja back then during the Tensha-Iga battle.
It is said that Hattori Hanzo from Iga, saved the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu in two occasions and was given the task of guarding the Shogunate in Tokyo. The district known as Hanzo-mon in Tokyo refers to the area where Hanzo’s ninja guards used to live.
During the Edo period (1603 ~ 1868) the need for ninja gradually decreased because of the peaceful political environment and the Kogi-Onmitsu, 3000 strong intelligence agents working for the shogunate.
Today there are dozens of Tokagure-ryu ninpo and ninjutsu dojos in and outside of Japan. The leader of Tokagure-ryu of Japan is Masaaki Hatsumi who is in his late 70s and the name of his organization is Bujinkan. Genbukan Dojo which also teaches ninpo techniques has been popular all around the world.

 Ninja facts

-Although some people consider ninjas as sneaky disloyal assassins, there are not many cases where ninjas were not loyal to their master while a number of times some samurai betrayed their masters (e.g. Akechi Mitsuhide).
-Since the ninja could not own horses and did not carry swords unlike the samurai, they had to run so fast in order to survive. Some ninjas could run more than 50km in one day. They trained up in the mountains to have larger lungs.
-Not being detected was one of the most important things for the ninja. That’s why they did not smoke and eat spicy stuff before the missions. They always took herbal showers in order to not to have any bad body odor that can alert the enemy.
-Ninjas mostly ate red beans and black rice believing that black food made them healthier. Ninjas ate lots of vegetables and carried cookies that are made of dried red bean paste.
-Most of what is known about ninja and ninjutsu are criticized for being fiction because the ninjas were spies who did not leave written records behind them. While there are hundreds of black and white photos of samurais from the 1800s, there is no verified ninja photo from the 1800s. What we know about the ninjas today are mostly the word of mouth.
-The concept of ninja became popular in the Western World when James Bond fought against a group of ninja in the 1967 movie titled you only live twice.
-Ninjas usually did not wear a black outfit in order to not stand out. Their preferred color was navy blue , the least visible color in the dark.
-Ninjas were mostly farmers, the influence of farming can be seen on most of their weapons, particularly the sickle and chain and the ninja knife kunai.
-Ninjas were expected to weigh less than 60 kgs, not because they may cause the roofs they are running on collapse but being lighter and nimble helped them spend less time looking for the food and run faster.
-The shuriken (ninja star) were rarely used as the ninja cannot carry many of them (heavy and makes noise) and it makes more sense to keep it and use it as a knife. Occasionally the ninja threw them in the opposing directions to distract the enemy.
-Many Japanese castles and temples have a kind of floor called nightingale floor, the ones that squeak one someone steps on. Those floors were made to hear the silent ninjas who raided castles in the middle of the night. No matter how light the intruder is , the nightingale floor makes the chirping sound (e.g. the floors at the Nijo Castle).
-For silent walking the ninja trained by walking on a large piece of rice paper and they were not sent on a mission if they could not walk without any sound.
-One of the less known weapons of ninja is the egg-shells. After making a hole underneath, they filled them with either gunpowder and ash or irritating chemicals.The ninja threw the chemical filled at their targets to either distract attention or gain time for escape.

Hiroo Onoda, the Last Ninja (1922 ~ 2014)

Onoda was trained in the Nagano Spy school which is considered as a modern day ninja school in Japan. He was dispatched to Lubang Island in the Philippines on December 26, 1944. The Island was taken by the US forces in August, 1945 and they announced the end of the war by leaving thousands of leaflets in the mountains for commandos to turn themselves in.
Onoda and his three friends thought the leaflets were a trick and did not surrender. Over the years, Onoda’s friends died and he managed to survive on the hills of the remote Pilipino Island. He was found by a Japanese traveler who told him the war was over. He did not believe him and refused to surrender. Finally the Japanese government found the man who was the commanding officer of Onoda. The officer, who back then was a bookseller in Tokyo, ordered him to surrender. Onoda returned his weapons including a samurai sword and a dagger that he should have used if he was to be captured. Being trained as an intelligence officer at a spy school and surviving 29 years in the wild perhaps gives him the title of the last ninja.


The Ninja Training Techniques

Nyudaki no-jutsu – Locating the weakest staff
Yogi Gakure – Using an object for distraction
Joei-on jutsu – The way of concealing the sounds
Bajutsu – Horsemanship
Sui-ren – Water skills
Bo-ryaku – Strategy. The ninja were trained to think strategically. Not only defeating one enemy but also how to overcome a group and sometimes how to defeat the enemy without fighting (acting politically etc.).
Choho – Espionage. The ninja studied the techniques of how to gain trust and how not to look or act suspicious.
Inton-jutsu – Escape techniques
Ten-mon – Meteorology
Chi-mon – Geography
Seizon-jutsu – Survival skills. Surving in the wild, hunting and gathering skills, tracking skills.
Spiritual training – Seishin teki kyoyo
Know yourself, your needs and desires
Know the nature, environment and the universe
Understand the importance of destiny
Be in harmony with the nature and society (harmony)
Understand others and have empathy (heart)
See and observe your environment (eye)
Love yourself and others (love)
Tai Jutsu – Combat Training. Fighting with no weapons
Daken-taijutsu – Punching, kicking, blocking
Jutai-jatsu – Close fighting, grappling, submission holds and escape holds
Taihen-jutsu – Silent movement, leaping, falling, rolling and tumbling
Kenjutsu – Swordmanship
Bojutsu– Staff fighting (Using Bo (Long stick))
Shurikenjutsu– Throwing blades- Throwing shuriken stars
Yarijutsu – Spear fighting. The ninja trained with the spears commonly used by the samurai as follow:
Te-yari – A short spear
Naga-yari – A long spear
Tetsu-yari – A metal spear
Sanbon-yari – A three bladed spear
Kama-yari – A spear with an additional half moon blade
Naginatajutsu (Spear with a katana ending/Polearm)
Kusarigamajutsu – Chain and sickle weapon
Kayakujutsu – Fire and explosives
Hensojutsu – Disguise Techniques . The ninja were trained to be able to impersonated at least 7 different characters as a monk, a samurai, a merchant, a craftsman, a farmer, a performer and an ordinary peasant. The ninja used to carry at least 2 costumes with them and the colors of their outfit was different inside and outside (so that they can reverse their clothes after the mission).
Shinobi-iri – Sneaking in and stealth techniques
Nyukyo no-jutsu – The correct timing
Monomi no-jutsu – Locating the weakest point

Books and Quotations about Martial Arts part 3

The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.
One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.
In the art of peace, a single cut of the sword summons up the wondrous powers of the universe. That one sword links the past, present, and future; it absorbs the universe. Time and space disappear. All of creation, from the distant past to the present moment, lives in the sword. All human existence flourishes right here in the sword you hold in your hands. You are now prepared for anything that may arise.
Never fear another challenger, no matter how large; Never despise another challenger, no matter how small.
Large does not always defeat little. Little can become large by constant building; large can become little by falling apart.
The penetrating brilliance of swords
Wielded by followers of the Way
Strikes at the evil enemy
Lurking deep within
Their own souls and bodies.
Do not fail
to learn from
The pure voice of an
Ever-flowing mountain stream
Splashing over the rocks.
One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.
The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you.

― Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace

In an argument, you may silence your opponent by pressing an advantage of strength or of wealth, or of education. But you do not really convince him. Though he is no longer saying anything, in his heart he still keeps to his opinion, the only way to make him change that opinion is to speak quietly and reasonably. When he understands that you are not trying to defeat him, but only to find the truth, he will listen to you and perhaps accept what you tell him.
Judo should be free as art and science from any external influences, political, national, racial, and financial or any other organized interest. And all things connected with it should be directed to its ultimate object, the benefit of Humanity.
Before and after practicing Judo or engaging in a match, opponents bow to each other. Bowing is an expression of gratitude and respect. In effect, you are thanking your opponent for giving you the opportunity to improve your technique.
Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens.
Nothing under the sun is greater than education. By educating one person and sending him into the society of his generation, we make a contribution extending a hundred generations to come.
Judo is a study of techniques with which you may kill if you wish to kill, injure if you wish to injure, subdue if you wish to subdue, and, when attacked, defend yourself
Carefully observe oneself and one’s situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one’s environment. Consider fully, act decisively.
The pine fought the storm and broke. The willow yielded to the wind and snow and did not break. Practice Jiu-Jitsu in just this way.
Face your fear, empty yourself, trust your own voice, let go of control, have faith in outcomes, connect with a larger purpose, derive meaning from the struggle.
To ask may be but a moment’s shame, not to ask and remain ignorant is a lifelong shame.
The purpose of the study of judo is to perfect yourself and to contribute to society.
It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than yesterday.

― Kano Jigoro

Humans have yet to dwell upon the consequences of their
actions. People have yet to admit the bad that they do to
nature, for example. Actually, most people spend their time
finding fault in the action of others, rather than their own.
Looking for the meaning of life, one man can discover the order of the universe. To discover the truth, to achieve. a higher spiritual state, that is the true meaning of ninja.
Don’t think that any one technique is the end. there is no end.
There is no perfect technique. Just when you think you’ve got
them, you’re dead because you didn’t.
Breathe life into the weapon, don’t take life away from it.
Keep walking, because walking is life.
If you do something and it saves your life, it was good
taijutsu. In a real fight, you aren’t worried about what’s pretty.
You’ve got to learn to utilize the space (between you and
your opponent). Distancing is very important.
Forget your sadness, anger, grudges and hatred. Let them pass like smoke caught in a breeze. Do not indulge yourself in such feelings.
When weak or injured always continue training as you should always be able to adapt in any condition.

― Masaaki Hatsumi

Books and Quotations about Martial Arts part 2

The principle of avoiding conflict and never opposing an aggressor’s strength head-on is the essence of aikido. We apply the same principle to problems that arise in life. The skilled aikidoist is as elusive as the truth of Zen; he makes himself into a koan—a puzzle which slips away the more one tries to solve it. He is like water in that he falls through the fingers of those who try to clutch him. Water does not hesitate before it yields, for the moment the fingers begin to close it moves away, not of its own strength, but by using the pressure applied to it. It is for this reason, perhaps, that one of the symbols for aikido is water.
The mind is like a fertile garden,” Bruce said. “It will grow anything you wish to plant—beautiful flowers or weeds. And so it is with successful, healthy thoughts or with negative ones that will, like weeds, strangle and crowd the others. Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.
We are like blades of grass or trees of the forest, creations of the universe, of the spirit of the universe, and the spirit of the universe has neither life nor death. Vanity is the only obstacle to life.
For the uncontrolled there is no wisdom, nor for the uncontrolled is there the power of concentration; and for him without concentration there is no peace. And for the unpeaceful, how can there be happiness?
For example, if you are fearful your mind will freeze, motion will be stopped and you will be defeated. If your mind is fixed on victory or defeating your opponent, you will be unable to function automatically.
Those who are patient in the trivial things in life and control themselves will one day have the same mastery in great and important things.
Only after several years of training did I come to realize that the deepest purpose of the martial arts is to serve as a vehicle for personal spiritual development.
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.
Always remember: in life as well as on the mat an unfocused or ‘loose’ mind wastes energy.
Only through practice and more practice, until you can do something without conscious effort.
When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the Way.
When an untoward event occurs in your life, react to it without haste or passion.
When you lose your temper, you lose yourself—on the mat as well as in life.
What stands in the way of effortless effort is caring, or a conscious attempt to do well.
A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action.
I can defeat you physically with or without a reason. But I can only defeat your mind with a reason.

― Joe Hyams, Zen in the Martial Arts

The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.
Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom.
You should not have any special fondness for a particular weapon, or anything else, for that matter. Too much is the same as not enough. Without imitating anyone else, you should have as much weaponry as suits you.
There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy’s useful actions but allow his useless actions
The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win.
Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain.

― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

Mistakes are our teachers,’ explained Sensei Yamada, bowing before the Buddha. ‘As long as you recognize them for what they are, they can help you learn about life. Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.
Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.
Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.
Impatience is a hindrance. As with all things if you attempt to take shortcuts, the final destination will rarely be as good and may even be attainable.
A samurai must remain calm at all times even in the face of danger.
The impossible becomes possible if only your mind believes it.
Wherever it is you may be, it is your friends who make your world.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.

― Chris Bradford, The Way of the Sword

Books and Quotations about Martial Arts part 1

The Yamato spirit is not a tame, tender plant, but a wild–in the sense of natural–growth; it is indigenous to the soil; its accidental qualities it may share with the flowers of other lands, but in its essence it remains the original, spontaneous outgrowth of our clime. But its nativity is not its sole claim to our affection. The refinement and grace of its beauty appeal to our æsthetic sense as no other flower can. We cannot share the admiration of the Europeans for their roses, which lack the simplicity of our flower. Then, too, the thorns that are hidden beneath the sweetness of the rose, the tenacity with which she clings to life, as though loth or afraid to die rather than drop untimely, preferring to rot on her stem; her showy colours and heavy odours–all these are traits so unlike our flower, which carries no dagger or poison under its beauty, which is ever ready to depart life at the call of nature, whose colours are never gorgeous, and whose light fragrance never palls. Beauty of colour and of form is limited in its showing; it is a fixed quality of existence, whereas fragrance is volatile, ethereal as the breathing of life. So in all religious ceremonies frankincense and myrrh play a prominent part. There is something spirituelle in redolence. When the delicious perfume of the sakura quickens the morning air, as the sun in its course rises to illumine first the isles of the Far East, few sensations are more serenely exhilarating than to inhale, as it were, the very breath of beauteous day.
A truly brave man is ever serene; he is never taken by surprise; nothing ruffles the equanimity of his spirit. In the heat of battle he remains cool; in the midst of catastrophes he keeps level his mind. Earthquakes do not shake him, he laughs at storms. We admire him as truly great, who, in the menacing presence of danger or death, retains his self-possession; who, for instance, can compose a poem under impending peril or hum a strain in the face of death. Such indulgence betraying no tremor in the writing or in the voice, is taken as an infallible index of a large nature—of what we call a capacious mind (Yoyū), which, far from being pressed or crowded, has always room for something more.
Did not Socrates, all the while he unflinchingly refused to concede one iota of loyalty to his daemon, obey with equal fidelity and equanimity the command of his earthly master, the State? His conscience he followed, alive; his country he served, dying. Alack the day when a state grows so powerful as to demand of its citizens the dictates of their consciences!
Ritterlichkeit ist eine Blume, die auf dem Boden Japans nicht weniger heimisch ist als ihr Symbol, die Kirschblüte. Sie ist kein vertrocknetes Blatt einer uralten Tugend, die im Herbarium unserer Geschichte verwahrt wird, sondern ein lebendiges Etwas von Schönheit und Macht, das unter uns weilt.
There are, if I may so say, three powerful spirits, which have from time to time, moved on the face of the waters, and given a predominant impulse to the moral sentiments and energies of mankind. These are the spirits of liberty, of religion, and of honor
Bushido as an independent code of ethics may vanish, but its power will not perish from the earth; its schools of martial prowess or civic honor may be demolished, but its light and its glory will long survive their ruins. Like its symbolic flower, after it is blown to the four winds, it will still bless mankind with the perfume with which it will enrich life.
Read Hearn, the most eloquent and truthful interpreter of the Japanese mind, and you see the working of that mind to be an example of the working of Bushido.
Tranquillity is courage in repose. It is a statical manifestation of valor, as daring deeds are a dynamical. A truly brave man is ever serene; he is never taken by surprise; nothing ruffles the equanimity of his spirit.
It is a brave act of valor to contemn death, but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live
Filial Piety, which is considered one of the two wheels of the chariot of Japanese ethics—Loyalty being the other.

― Inazo Nitobe, Bushido, the Soul of Japan

Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.
It is said that what is called “the spirit of an age” is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world’s coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.
It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain. The masters are men. You are also a man. If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon.
Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.
Whether people be of high or low birth, rich or poor, old or young, enlightened or confused, they are all alike in that they will one day die.
Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought.
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.

― Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Mistakes are our teachers,’ explained Sensei Yamada, bowing before the Buddha. ‘As long as you recognize them for what they are, they can help you learn about life. Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.
Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.
Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.
Impatience is a hindrance. As with all things if you attempt to take shortcuts, the final destination will rarely be as good and may even be attainable.
Wherever it is you may be, it is your friends who make your world.
A samurai must remain calm at all times even in the face of danger.
The impossible becomes possible if only your mind believes it.

― Chris Bradford, The Way of the Sword

Samurai vs Ninja. Ai thắng? Ai tốt hơn?

Ninja vs Samurai. Nếu họ chiến đấu, ai sẽ thắng?

samurai vs ninja
ninja vs samurai

Trong cuộc chiến “1-1”, các samurai có thể chiến thắng dễ dàng. Có 4 lý do:
1- Samurai có thể có 2 thanh kiếm (katana và wakizashi). Ninja thường không có bất kỳ thanh kiếm nào. Một số ninja chỉ có 1 thanh kiếm ngắn. Katana là thanh kiếm tốt nhất trên thế giới.
2-Samurai có thể sở hữu một con ngựa. Một samurai với một con ngựa là thuận lợi hơn một ninja mà không có một con ngựa.
3-Samurai có nhiều kinh nghiệm trong chiến đấu chống lại. Ninja chuyên gián điệp và chiến đấu bí mật.
4- Các samurai không được phép có bất cứ công việc nào ngoại trừ chiến đấu. Ninja là nông dân. Samurai sẵn sàng chiến đấu tốt hơn.
Trong một địa hình khắc nghiệt, hoặc trong vùng núi, nhóm ninja có thể giành chiến thắng. Ninja có kỹ năng sống còn tốt hơn như một nhóm nhỏ. Nếu đó là một trận đánh lớn nhóm, các samurai có thể dễ dàng giành chiến thắng.
Ninja và samurai thường hợp tác. Họ không chống lại nhau. Tuy nhiên, trong những dịp nhất định, họ đã chiến đấu chống lại nhau. Hầu hết thời gian các samurai chiến thắng. Trong chiến tranh Tensho-Iga (1581), các tộc ninja đã bị tàn phá bởi các samurai (lực lượng của Oda Nobunaga). Mặc dù ninja đã bị đánh bại, kỹ năng chiến đấu của họ đã gây ấn tượng với samurai. Samurai bắt đầu sử dụng ninja gián điệp sau năm 1581.

Samurai vs Ninja. Kim kazanır? Kim daha iyi?

Ninja vs. Samuray. Kavga ederlerse kim kazanır?

samurai vs ninja
ninja vs samurai

Bir “1-1” dövüşü sırasında samuray kolayca kazanabilir. 4 nedeni vardır:
1- Samuray, 2 kılıça sahip olabilir (katana ve wakizashi). Ninja genellikle kılıç taşımazdı. Bazı ninjaların sadece 1 kısa kılıcı vardı. Katana, dünyanın en iyi kılıcı.
2-Samuray bir at sahibi olabilir. Atlı bir samuray, atsız bir ninjadan daha avantajlıdır.
3-Samuray, dövüş mücadelesinde daha deneyimli. Ninja casusluk ve gizli kavga konusunda uzmanlaştı.
4- Samurayların dövüşmek dışında herhangi bir işine izin verilmez. Ninja çiftçiydi. Samuraylar savaşmaya daha hazırlar.
Engebeli bir arazide veya dağ bölgesinde, ninja grubu kazanabilir. Ninja küçük bir grup olarak daha iyi hayatta kalma becerilerine sahiptir. Eğer büyük grup dövüşüyse, samuray kolayca kazanabilir.
Ninja ve samuray genellikle işbirliği yaptı. Birbirleriyle savaşmadılar. Ancak, bazı durumlarda, birbirlerine karşı savaştılar. Çoğu zaman samuray kazandı. Tensho-Iga’nın (1581) savaşı sırasında, ninja klanları samuraylar tarafından tahrip edildi (Oda Nobunaga’nın güçleri). Ninja yenildiyse de, gerilla dövüş becerileri samurayları etkiledi. Samuray, 1581’den sonra ninja casuslarını kullanmaya başladı.

Samurai vs Ninja. Vem vinner? Vem är bättre?

Ninja vs Samurai. Om de slåss, vem vinner?

samurai vs ninja
ninja vs samurai

Under en “1-1” kamp kan samurai vinna enkelt. Det finns 4 skäl:
1- Samurai kan inneha 2 svärd (katana och wakizashi). Ninja bär vanligtvis inga svärd. Några ninjor hade bara 1 kort svärd. Katana är det bästa svärdet i världen.
2-Samurai kunde äga en häst. En samurai med en häst är mer fördelaktig än en ninja utan en häst.
3-Samurai är mer erfarna i kampslag. Ninja specialiserad på spionage och hemliga strider.
4- Samurai får inte ha något jobb utom kämpar. Ninja var bönder. Samurai är bättre beredda att slåss.
På en robust terräng eller i bergsområdet kan ninagruppen vinna. Ninjen har bättre överlevnadsförmåga som en liten grupp. Om det är en stor grupp kamp, ​​kan samurai enkelt vinna.
Ninja och samurai samarbetade vanligtvis. De kämpade inte mot varandra. Men i vissa tillfällen kämpade de mot varandra. Merparten av tiden samurai vann. Under kriget Tensho-Iga (1581) blev ninja-klanerna förstörda av samurai (Oda Nobunaga-krafterna). Trots att ninjaen besegrades, imponerade deras gerillerkampfärdigheter på samurai. Samurai började använda ninja spionerna efter 1581.