I used to teach kung fu at a park indoors where we shared the room with a Ninjutsu group. My only comment is that when I watched them, I wondered why they would need to do 3-4 moves to counter an opponent, when only one was needed. For example if an opponent grabs your shirt in the front, a simple wrist lock is all is needed, not many moves to get to the same place. It was like that for most everything I observed. I also recall their instructor saying his master was Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan and that he had gone there to train. Excuse me if I'm incorrect. I am not passing judgement, only observation.I am here looking for answers, and I would appreciate it if only those of you who are actually knowledgeable about this matter reply to it, as it is for a research article that I’m writing.
There seems to be a tremendous amount of debate within the martial arts community regarding the validity of ninjutsu, and those who teach it. I’ve spent several hours tonight online reading different articles, and walked away with zero answers.
To begin, there are many who claim that a Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan is the last living person who is a true teacher of ninjutsu, while others claim that he is a fraud, and presented their version of evidence to support it.
I have also read articles that claim that Ninjutsu in the United States is not authentic, and has reportedly been monetized by an individual named Stephen Hayes. Again, others in the martial arts community support Mr. Hayes as a true practitioner of Ninjutsu.
I want to know what the veteran practitioners and instructors in the martial arts community think of this, and how you determine who is telling the truth?
From what I have learned over the past several days, there are very few historical records to go on where Ninjutsu is concerned, and fewer still which have been translated into English.
The one that was recommended to me by a Mr. Antony Cummins, has also received discredit on a number of websites as well.