Do you want to become a true Ninja? Do you know what that means? Because, without understanding the true significance of what a Ninja is, you cannot possibly train and learn what you must to become this “thing” that you think you want to be?
Confused? Don’t be.
The point here is this…
In understanding what it means to be a Ninja, we must first come to understand just what a “Ninja” is. And once we see that, based on the original Sino-Japanese kanji characters used to write the word, that being a Ninja is being a “person who is capable of enduring whatever the universe can throw at you,” then it only becomes a matter of developing the skills necessary to be able to do just that.
This article outlines what are known as the “3 aspects” of an “enduring person,” and points to the need to insure that your training must include skills, techniques, and lessons that will make each of these “aspects” of yourself as strong and capable as possible.
According to Masaaki Hatsumi, the current generation headmaster of the Togakure-ryu of Ninjutsu and eight other traditional schools of Samurai and Ninja martial arts, and outlined in his book, “Ninjutsu: History and Tradition,” he describes the three aspects of the “enduring person,” the true definition of what it means to be a Ninja.
These three aspects are the:
- Mi wo shinobu – the body that is developed, maintained, and trained to be able to endure
- Kokoro wo shinobu – the mind that is tempered, broadened, and directed for perseverance, and the…
- Shiki wo shinobu – vision, awareness, and realization that is focused internally and externally simultaneously for spiritual fortitude and the strength that comes from complete knowledge that is born of wisdom.
Each of these aspects must be trained and developed for the person to be complete and able to handle danger, stress, or challenges that arise, not just from physical combat, but from anything that the world might throw at you.
Each aspect is there as a tool for handling specific types of threats, and is an important part of our sense of whole-ness and completeness – a part of that which we often call being a “Tatsujin,” a master, or…
…a fully actualized human being living to his or her greatest potential!
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Jeffrey Miller is a master-teacher in the centuries-old art of Japan’s ancient shadow warrior. Each month he shares his 30+ years of training, research, and knowledge – combined with his years of real-world experience using these teachings on the dangerous streets of our modern world – with literally thousands of students from all over the world. Shidoshi Miller says, “If you really want to learn ninjutsu, and become a master of the Ninja’s arts, then I can show you the secrets for developing the power, confidence, and control of a true Ninja warrior!”