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What do historians know about ninjas

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by Julia Torres on 24 January 2013

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Transcript of What do historians know about ninjas

First Known Ninja School the blend of Chinese and native tactics that would become ninjutsu developed as a counter-culture, without rules. Ninjas Most ordinary ninja were not from the nobility, though. They were villagers and farmers, who learned to fight by any means necessary for their own self-preservation. Techniques Among the ninja were expert poisoners. Poison was added to food, or applied to a dart or blade.

Tools and Weapons ninjas are portrayed in all-black clothing, with only their eyes showing.
This costume, however, comes from the kabuki theater. Ninjutsu versus Bushido
Ninjutsu developed as an opposing force to the samurai code of bushido.
Samurai valued loyalty and honor above all else Origins of The Ninja Japanese folklore states that the ninja descended from a demon that was half man and half crow. By: Julia Torres Historians and Ninjas Most sources indicate that the skills that became ninjutsu, the ninja's art of stealth, began to develop between 600-900 A.D. It was first formalized by Daisuke Togakure and Kain Doshi. Daisuke
was a samurai but was on the losing side of a regional battle
He forfeited his lands and samurai title Honshu met Kain Doshi, a Chinese warrior-monk. Daisuke renounced his bushido code, and together the two developed a new theory of guerrilla warfare called ninjutsu.

Going into battle, a samurai would select a single opponent, announce his challenge, list his family pedigree, and then attack.
Samurai wore bright colors on their armor to announce their clan identity.
Bushido was noble and highly stylized, but it couldn't always get the job done Women also served in ninja combat. Female ninja, or kunoichi, infiltrated enemy castles in the guise of dancers, concubines or servants. They were successful spies, and sometimes acted as assassins as well. ninjas wore navy blue for night operations. Usually, however, they dressed to blend in with their targets - as any sensible espionage agent would do. Ninja tools and weapons included: shinobigatana, medium-length swords; the bo and naginata, war staves and pikes; and martial arts like karate. Ninja also developed special equipment like the shuko, an iron hand-crampon used for climbing, and the tessen, a sharpened metal fan. Body skills, karate, spear fighting, staff fighting, blade-throwing, use of fire and water, fortification and strategy, and concealment.
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