Defining Ninpo and All the Concepts within is problematical.
Even the Fundamentals.
The Essence is Survival.
This is taught in a fluid Combat manner…
to suit any and all situations.
Defining that above… problematical.
Herein i, Shiro’s attempt at classifying that which the Japanese Masters and Our World Legends state and say on the Historical Practices of the Arts of Self-Defence… Shinobi Style;
Their 27 Ways.
♦ TAIJUTSU : Unarmed Combat Systems.
♦ TAIHEN-JUTSU : Evasive Movements; Jumps, Leaps, Rolls, Tumbling…
♦ DAKEN-TAIJUTSU : Body Defence Systems; Blocks, Punches, Kicks…
♦ JUTAI-JUTSU : Close Quarters Combat Systems; Grappling, Holds, Locks…
♦ BOJUTSU : Stick/Staff Methods… variety size and type…
♦ KENJUTSU : Sword + co., variety size and type…
♦ YARIJUTSU : Spear + co., variety length and type…
♦ SHURIKENJUTSU : Throwing Weaponry Methods; many size, type, shape…
♥ SEISHIN-TEKI-KYOYO : Mind, Meditation, Spiritual Concepts.
♦ SHINOBI-IRI : Silent Movements; Stealth and Camouflage Systems/Methods.
♦ MONOMI no JUTSU : Finding the Weakest Link Concepts.
♦ NYUDAKI no JUTSU : Finding Sources and Personnel Concepts.
♦ YOGI-GAKURE : Distractive Methods, Usages and Approaches.
♦ HENSOJUTSU : The Arts of Disguise.
♦ KAYAKUJUTSU : Fire and Explosives Methods/Weaponry.
♦ NAGINATAJUTSU : Long Staff/Pole/Bladed End Weaponry Methods.
♦ KUSARIGAMAJUTSU : Chain and Sickle… variety size and type…
♥ NYUKYO no JUTSU : Flowing with Correct Timing Concepts.
♦ BAJUTSU : Horsemanship Skills and Methods.
♦ SUI-REN : Swimming Skills and Methods.
♦ INPOJUTSU : The Arts of Hiding.
♦ INTONJUTSU : The Arts of Escape.
♦ CHOHO : Espionage Skills and Methods.
♦ TENMON : Natural Meteorology Signs and Usages.
♦ CHIMON : Natural Geography Signs and Usages.
♦ SEIZONJUTSU : Survival Skills and Methods.
♥ BO-RYAKU : The Arts of Strategy and Intelligence Gathering.
The Systems above are taught and tempered with a creed/motto type approach to both Dojo and Life thereafter. These Rules and/or Guidelines can vary somewhat from RYU/School and Sensei/Soke involved.
A recent-ish Ninpo Soke version is here.
Though details may differ the overall Concept and Approach involves realistically knowing oneself and capabilities. This is then also applied to such as Universal, World, Natural or Local Knowledge.
Balance, Harmony and Flow are oft emphasised.
Basic Rights, Empathy and Respect is highlighted to Others and Society as a whole. Love for Self, Kin and Human-Kind.
Survival and Self-Defence linked naturally.
Our World Legends.
Ninja and Kunoichi.
Ninpo Ikkan All.