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  • Ninjutsu can be translated literally as ‘the art of stealth’
  • Banned in Japan during the 1600’s.
  • Developed by Samurai over 650 years ago
  • Also known as Ninjitsu, Ninpō, or Shinobi-jutsu
  • Teachings cover tracking, stealth and disguise as well as combat


Ninjutsu, also known as Ninjitsu, Ninpō, or Shinobi-jutsu is the martial art, tactics and strategy utilised by the Shinobi or Ninja (if outside of Japan).

It also incorporates the use of unconventional or guerrilla warfare tactics and the art of espionage and was developed as a set of basic survival systems to use by the Ninja during the violent battles in Japan.

Ninjutsu involved means of collecting data and methods of avoiding detection and the art and trickery of misdirection. It also included training in a number of disciplines such as archery, free running and medicine as well as learning vital methods of concealment, disguise and escaping capture.

These skills were very useful in gaining an advantage over opposing parties during these times of conflict.

Ultimately these espionage skills developed to become ninjutsu and those who became experts in this field were known as shinobi no mono.

Ninjutsu can be translated literally as ‘the art of stealth’ and was actually banned in Japan during the 1600’s.


The art of ninjutsu can generally be broken down into the eighteen disciplines or ‘Ninja Júhakkei’ that are seen as definitive teachings across all schools. The eighteen disciplines are:

  • Seishinteki kyōyō – spiritual refinement
  • Taijutsu – unarmed combat
  • Kenjutsu – sword techniques
  • Bōjutsu – stick and staff techniques
  • Sōjutsu – spear techniques
  • Naginatajutsu – naginata techniques
  • Kusarigamajutsu – kusarigama techniques
  • Shurikenjutsu – throwing weapons techniques
  • Kayakujutsu – pyrotechnics
  • Hensōjutsu – disguise and impersonation
  • Shinobi-iri – stealth and entering methods
  • Bajutsu – horsemanship
  • Sui-ren – water training
  • Bōryaku – tactics
  • Chōhō – espionage
  • Intonjutsu – escaping and concealment
  • Tenmon – meteorology
  • Chi-mon – geography



The wide focus on wartime techniques mean that Ninjutsu may not be suitable for younger children.

Ninjutsu classes focus on technique rather than strength and fitness so anyone can take part regardless of their ability. Adults can be of any gender or experience level when starting Ninjutsu classes. 


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