Ninjutsu – a Brief History of the Martial Art

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An innovator in the field of endoscopic spine surgery, Dr. John Chiu is president of the California Spine Institute Medical Center (www.spinecenter.com). Accomplished in the field of martial arts, Dr. John Chiu is recognized as a grandmaster of kung fu, jujitsu, and ninjutsu.

Practiced in China as early as the 7th century, ninjutsu dates back at least to Japan’s Sengoku period of the 15th and 16th centuries. During this time, practitioners used ninjutsu to engage in espionage and undertake assassinations on behalf of their feudal lords.

These ninjutsu practitioners, known as shinobi, and better known today as ninjas, began training at a young age, developing both physical and mental abilities that made them adept at operating clandestinely behind enemy lines. With skills that included the use of poisons and special weapons, ninjas stood out as the supreme warriors of their time.

Today, ninjutsu training encompasses kicking, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of traditional weapons. While certain skills are no longer taught, such as those relating to poisons, ninjutsu still emphasizes the ability to blend effectively into one’s surroundings.

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