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The Way of the Ninja - Nindo:

1. Know the wisdom of being patient during times of inactivity.
2. Choose the course of justice as the path for your life.
3. Do not allow your heart to be controlled by the demands of desire, pleasure, or dependence.
4. Sorrow, pain and resentment are natural qualities to be found in life. Therefore, work to cultivate an immovable spirit.
5. Hold in your heart the importance of family loyalty, and pursue the literary and martial arts with equal and balanced determination.

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Weapons of ninjutsu

A list of common weapons used by Togakure ninja.

Ninja Ken
A ninja's sword was an important part of the art of ninjutsu, however, in comparison to the Samurai's Katana, it was little more than a slab of metal with a ground edge. The Ninja Ken, otherwise known as the Shinobigatana rarely afforded the spiritual qualities or attachments that a Samurai's blade would. Much shorter then normal blades for the sake of mobility and close quarter combat. Often made by the ninja himself in home shops, as a result of the lack of money, or disability to access an expert swordsman. It was simply a tool to the ninja. The blade was often much shorter then the scabbard, making room for the concealment of blinding powder.

Aikuchi
Similar to the tanto, but without a tsuba (hand guard).

Shinobi-zue (ninja stalves and canes)
Varying in length from three to six feet, ninja canes and stalves often contained a variety hidden weapons and tools. Ninja shikomi-zue are hollowed out sticks concealing blades, arrows, chains, hooks, climbing aids and even poison liquid or gasses. They were also commonly used for transformation into underwater breathing devices or blowguns.

Tessen (Iron War Fan)
An iron fan used for combat with the same application as a club or short stick. A slab of folded iron covered by heavy paper or silk folds to retain the appearance of a true fan, but still have the defensive purposes.

Kusarigama (Ninja Blade and Chain Weapon)
Long range blade and chain weapons allows the ninja to attack and entangle and enemy from a safer distance. The Kusarigama is comprised of a sickle ranging in handle lengths, and a chain or rope ranging from nine to twelve feet. With an iron weight fixed on the end of the chain, it proved a very effective tool.

Kusarifundo (Weighted Chain)
Similar to the Kusarigama in application, only it is used for close range. Ranging between eighteen and thirty inches in length, it can be used to strike, entangle, or snare an enemy, or his weapon. simply a steel chain with a small steel weight on each end, it is most commonly used as a surprise, with forward-shooting strikes.

Naginata (Edged Halberd)
A blend of an individual short sword or dagger attached to a six foot staff for longer range.

Yumi and Ya (Ninja Bow and Arrows)
Yumi and Ya are half the length of conventional Samurai Bow and Arrows, making them easy to carry, it also reduced the range, and forced ninjas to get in closer to their enemies in order to hit them. Often carried in a bamboo tube, the combination was easy to conceal and transport.

Fukiya (Blowguns)
Close range, and accurate within twenty feet, they were often disguised as flutes, canes and umbrellas. Darts are constructed of paper cones and steel slivers.

Toami jutsu (Fish Nets)
Used to ensnare or control multiple attackers. Also rigged up as traps in forests or castle corridors.

Kamayari (Hooked Spears)
Spears with a hook at the base of the spearhead were used for a variety of purposes, including combat, climbing, swinging, or snagging passing enemies from above.

Tetsubishi (Caltrops)
Securely held in a carrying case, these steel and iron foot spikes were used to slow or stop pursuers, and were capable of embedding themselves deep in the foot. Designed so at least one spike will be facing up, these are a necessity for ninjas on high risk missions.

Shuriken (Throwing Blades)
Hira Shuriken were flat throwing plates and star knives, used to distract, slow down and injure an enemy. Similarly, the bo shuriken were straight throwing blades that resembled short knives.

Metsubushi (Sight Removers)
When overwhelmed by multiple attacker, these devices were often used. Hollowed out egg shells or nut hulls were filled with explosive, or compressed powder in hesitate enemy advance or screen attacks, if a ninja were to be discovered by a group of guards during a mission.

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Yon-po Hiden (Four Secrets) of Togakure ryu:

Four weapons specialized by the Togakure ryu.

Senban Shuriken- The symbol of the school, the four pointed throwing star resembled a tool used by carpenters to remove nails, called a kugi-nuki. It was a weapon to harass the enemy to assist in escape and other various applications.

Shuko / Ashiko- Commonly known as climbing claws, they were frequently used on both the hands and feet for combat as well, capable of delivering very serious injuries. They were made of metal bands around the hand and wrist with a strap of leather connecting them. Also called Tegaki.

Shindake- A bamboo tube around 4 feet long, used as an underwater breathing tube and a blowgun.

Kyoketsu Shoge- Almost exclusively used by the ninja, the kyoketsu shoge had a multitude of useful applications. It consists of a blade and hook combination, attached to a steel loop by means of an eighteen foot long rope or chain and was used to entangle, stab and smash an enemy in long and close ranges.

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"The essence of all martial arts and military strategies is self-protection and the prevention of danger. Ninjutsu epitomizes the fullest concept of self-protection of not only the physical body, but the mind and spirit as well. The way of the ninja is the way of enduring, surviving, and prevailing over all that would destroy one. More than merely delivering strikes and slashes, and deeper in significance than the simple out-witting of an enemy; ninjutsu is the way of attaining that which we need while making the world a better place."

Originally from the writings of Toshitsugu Takamatsu.
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A ninja must have the strongest commitment and serious mind towards ninjutsu, for only the focused can truely understand. Lust for violence, and greed; ninja do not desire such things. More than just an art of combat, ninjutsu is a way of life while encompassing the balance of mind and body to form perfect harmony with one's inner self. With this perfect harmony, a ninja is prepared for any provoked attack, defying all odds and surviving all hardships.

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"Perseverance. To be ninja is to persevere, to survive. The true strength of a ninja comes from within. His motivation and determination gives him the ability to endure. Without it, he becomes weak, and a mere hollow shell. Flimsy the foundation has become, often leading to the treacherous path of entropy if not properly attended to. Many a ninja fall off the true path of ninjutsu, but for the ones who do not, they achieve strength and wisdom that none of the fallen could ever possibly attain."

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Origin of the Togakure Ninja

Daisuke Nishina was born around 1161 A.D. in the village of Togakure (modern day Togakushi). His family samurai, he grew up immersed in the warrior arts and the strict code of ethics that would later be formalized as bushido. Around 1181 he would put his warrior training to the test when he joined Yoshinaka Kiso in an effort to defend against an invasion by Kiso's half-brother. Allied with a clan that was defeated in a series of battles against superior forces, Daisuke lost everything, including his samurai status, and escaped to the mountain wilderness southeast of Kyoto. Wandering among the pine forests and marshes of the Ku Peninsula around 1184, he met the yamabushi warrior monk Kain Doshi, who had fled to Japan from the political and military upheaval in China.

Deep in the mountain caves of Iga Province (modern day Mie Prefecture), Daisuke studied with the mystic, learning new concepts of warfare and personal power based on Chinese and Tibetan ideas about the natural order of the universe. Daisuke was taught the practical applications of the balance of the elements in diet, in combat, in thought and emotion, and in utilizing the forces and cycles of nature to his advantage. Far away from the limiting system of samurai conduct that he had never thought to question, he discovered a completely new way of channeling his will. He became Daisuke Togakure, assuming the name of his village, and giving birth to the ninja legacy. Daisuke's descendants would later develop and refine these concepts into the Togakure ryu of ninjutsu, and would come to be known as the ninja, Japan's famous warriors.

1. Togakure (Nishina), Daisuke Oho circa 1161
2. Minamoto no Kanesada, Shima Kosanta 1180
3. Togakure, Goro 1200
4. Togakure, Kosanta
5. Koga, Kosanta
6. Kaneko, Tomoharu
7. Togakure, Ryuho
8. Togakure, Gakuun
9. Kido, Koseki
10. Iga, Tenryu
11. Ueno, Rihei
12. Ueno, Senri
13. Ueno, Manjiro
14. Iizuka, Saburo
15. Sawada, Goro
16. Ozaru, Ippei
17. Kimata, Hachiro
18. Kataoka, Heizaemon
19. Mori, Ugenta
20. Toda, Gobei
21. Kobe, Seiun
22. Momochi, Kobei
23. Tobari, Tenzen
24. Toda, Nobutsuna Seiryu Kwanyei circa 1624 - 1644
25. Toda, Nobuchika Fudo Manji circa 1658 - 1681
26. Toda, Kangoro Nobuyasu Tenna circa 1681 - 1704
27. Toda, Eisaburo Nobumasa Hoyei circa 1704 - 1711
28. Toda, Shinbei Masachika Shotoku circa 1711 - 1736
29. Toda, Shingoro Masayoshi Gembun circa 1736 - 1764
30. Toda, Daigoro Chikahide Meiwa circa 1764 - 1804
31. Toda, Daisaburo Chikashige Bunkwa circa 1804 - ?
32. Toda, Shinryuken Masamitsu ? - 1909 (b.1824 - d.1909)
33. Takamatsu, Toshitsugu Uoh 1907 - 1972 (b.1887 - d.1972)
34. Hatsumi, Masaaki (Yoshiaki) 1968 - (b.1931)
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Seeking the true art of ninjutsu, the Togakure ninja is a level above the impostors. Other families or individuals might dabble in the secret arts of the ninja, but only ninja families like the Togakure will fully understand its intricacies and ultimately benifit from its potent teachings.
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This Samurai way of life seemed like madness to the Ninja. Their Taoist roots meant that they valued life, and it should be protected at all costs. To die over a matter of honour - of saving face - was a pointless waste. Any samurai who 'became ninja' clearly shared this view.

If one could win a battle by sneaking into a castle at night and assassinating the commander then this is what the Ninja would do. This had the dual advantage of avoiding a prolonged and bloody battle - thus conserving as much life as possible (on both sides!) and it meant that they need not expose themselves and their families to more danger than they had to. This was seen a dishonourable and cowardly by the bushido following samurai , but to the Ninja it just made sense.

When they had to engage in full on battle, they did so using guerrilla tactics. They would ambush and surprise, making deadly lightening raids under cover of darkness, or sneaking into castles at night and killing the enemy as they slept.

Even by today's standards, this might seem a bit on the sneaky side, but considering the alternative they really had no choice. We have to remember that generally, a well trained Samurai was a very competent warrior and swordsman. A Ninja, who had only tertiary training in sword work, would be hard pressed to beat a samurai in a one on one duel if he stuck to the rules. However, as stated above some ninja were formerly samurai, so the gap between skill in these cases were slim to none. The Ninja had tricks up his sleeve that would enable him to triumph over the technically superior Samurai, but when he had to face multiple samurai the odds of winning with the sword were reduced even more dramatically.

The Ninja were outnumbered, had sub-standard weapons and usually could not move about openly. Their only chance of survival was to fly in the face of accepted and traditional standards of behavior and warfare. They had to be sneaky.

Unsurprisingly, some Shogun and Daimyo saw the effectiveness of the Ninja's methods, and would employ groups of Ninja to carry out military missions on his behalf. It is this practice that fuelled the mercenary image of the Ninja, and few deny that this did go on. I have heard two explanations - both plausible. The first is that these mercenary practitioners were renegade Ninja, who chose to sell their services for military or criminal activity. The second is that the families did hire out their services as a matter of course, but only when they thought it was right to do so. They had to earn their living somehow, and they did so that way. They did, however, choose their missions carefully so that they did not end up helping a Shogun or Daimyo who would bring oppression and imbalance to their region.

Information directly from http://students.bugs.bham.ac.uk/ninpo-budo/history.html with additions to the information from Togakure Jin
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