Every DREAMNINJA SHOULD MAKE A WEAPON-of their own-at least ONCE.
This fosters a TRUER understanding of Weaponry-its pros and cons. A Weapon may save your LIFE by taking anothers-mentally and/or physically. These are REAL RESPONSIBILITIES. Every student of BUDO must face this honestly.
This in essence entails KNOWING it is NOT the WEAPON doing the life-taking…
IT IS THE HAND THAT HOLDS THE WEAPON AND THE OWNER OF THE HAND IS…???
…or as the late Mr.Bruce Lee in one of his movies noted “…boards DONT HIT BACK…”…only WE do. Same goes with a Weapon. WE ARE THE WEAPON.
That being so-Training Weapons need only to be functional not pretty.
If you are training realistically the Weapon will take many knocks.
Always make them with an eye to resistance/toughness as a priority. In the early days of my training (1984-…) with SOKE MASAAKI HATSUMI, SHIHAN TOSHIRO NAGATO and MasterNINJA Instructor ED LOMAX we were led through our first Basic Weapon makes.
e.g. a suitable sized length of rope, ends dipped in wax(HOT) for usage in Chain Weapon Training
Another was the HANBO; sanded SMOOTH, varnished HEAVILY…and
WEAPON STARTER PACK DIY.
With a budget of say Aud$250-
NEED: x5 lengths of 6′ stick/wood;dia.=what feels comfortable in your grip/hand.(i use 25-30mm).
x1 length of 4′ stick/wood ; dia.=1/2 above.
A stain/varnish kit=brush/cleanser/sandpaper/stain/varnish/mix bowl/rags
TOOLS=hand saw/marking texta/rule/loctite or similar/fish line/drill & bits/dustmask
PLEASE NOTE: The dia.size is “personal”–best advice from NAGATO SHIHAN was to “shake hands” with the wood.
The following reloading, retelling and ADAPTATION…
is from a THESIS ESSAY of long ago.
This has been lost to time… and Shiro too.
⌈A very brief overview has only been printed in the
(former) EXPOSURE MAGAZINE
( Vol.7 No.1 2000… pgs: 12-15 incl.).⌋
History tells of many Cultures, Traditions and Legends repeating oft the Tale of the ANGELS. Although names and forms vary slightly, the overall impression remains. A number of RELIGIONS know full well their version.
Shiro tends to be inclined to place this RACE…
as a MUTANT FORM…
caused by/or something similar to that of the DINOSAURS and GIANTS.
This divine or not,.. Civilisation has long been erased from our sight.
Only the mystery and tantalising scraps of evidence behold their Legacy left now.
The precise ORIGIN is unclear… though some have their preference indeed. The Ancient LEGENDS and Records indicate a World-Wide Cataclysm of some nature, followed by various LEADERS and so forth emerging… from.?. then aiding the dispirited populace in many forms and ways.
Not NATIVE it seems, many travelled far and fast, connected to the skies above.
Some were allies… some,.. not so much it seems.
LEAVING A LEGACY.
Effectively taking control of some of the larger populated areas,.. they endeavoured to initiate and instruct social, political, cultural, technical and religious changes, usually wide-ranging in scope and action.
By designing and encouraging regrowth of the civilisation remaining, they imparted much of KNOWLEDGE.
A LEGACY OF KNOWLEDGE was thus endowed on many peoples.
IN JAPAN… SUCH IS THE LEGACY OF THE NINJA.
THE NINPO LEGENDS.
THE TENGU… still survive through these and because of these too.
Shiro, a student of NINPO has learnt of much.
Tis your time next; to this LEGEND,..RETELL.
A NINJA MASK.?.
(… HEAVEN OF COURSE..!?.)
For beyond what is known of the NINJA’s recent history lies the enigma of a LEGEND.
The history of the NINJA begins with a race of unknown WARRIORS.
TENGU (tiangou CH.) as noted in Wikipedia have been mentioned in the literature as far back as the 8th century. Weapon Training Scrolls such as the DENSHO “Saburi ryu Sojutsu” prominently display TENGU training/teaching with the NINJA.
The other main source of our TENGU knowledge are the classic JAPANESE Woodblock Prints- Known as“UKIYOE”.
These portray scenes, many martial in character with superb detail and stunning realism.
Artists such as Kuniyoshi Utagawa(1797-1861) and Yoshitoshi Tsukioka(1839-1892) produced many such scenes which feature the TENGU:
e.g. The training of Minamoto Yoshitsune, the renowned Samurai General of Kurama Temple/Mt. north of Kyoto, by the Great TENGU SOJOBO;
Yoshitsune’s famous duel with the Warrior-Monk Benkei on Gojo Bridge;
the meeting of Master Swordsman Kobayakawa Takakage with the TENGU of Mt. Hiko on the Island of Kyushu;
and the training of Martial Arts Master Tsukahara Bokuden by the TENGU SwordMaster HINAMARU ENKAI of Mt.Haguro.
(UKIYOE examples below-via ukiyo-e print search).
SHAMANIC SHINOBI SENSEI.
Overtly SHAMANISTIC in appearance, portrayed with wings, bird like features beak/nose etc yet human in form. They inhabited the outback mountainous regions of ancient JAPANkeeping them safe/inaccessible from/to the SAMURAI standing armies of the time.
Often referred to as ” the mountain guardians/demon/priest/ghost” etc.
Highly skilled in BUDO (the arts of WAR) and various other LIFE skills.
Prominent Trees in these regions were often named as “Tengu no Tomarigi”= trees of TENGU SPIRIT and were NEVER to be cut down.
The regions they lived in were known as “Tengudo”
Characterised in LEGEND as ” playfully mischievous ” sometimes benevolent, sometimes not: much of the unexplainable was attributed to their actions( even now JAP. mothers use the TENGU as a “bogey man” for wayward children).
With wings and windswept hair; flight, teleportation, shamanic capabilities, novel physical and mental skills all adding to the LEGEND passed down to the student of the NINJA.
Moving on to the Origins of the TENGU one is led THRU the olden lands of China, Tibet, India, SE Asia and the like though none seemed to claim a HOME for them.
So from “where” do they come…and “who” are they..?
With no real clues-all i could think of; is,
” what’s in a NAME..? ” …and soon/sure enough-
I was knocking on HEAVEN’s DOOR.
Checking the dictionary entries…TWICE…i found that:
TEN= the HEAVENS & GU= a CREATURE … so a TENGU IS A…WINGED WARRIOR CREATURE FROM HEAVEN…
…akin to an Arch-ANGEL perhaps..? OR SHOULD THAT BE…FALLEN ANGEL?
The LEGEND of theFallenAngels is quite well known in many places worldwide.
Though often given differing names these Angels are consistently mentioned in several major Religions–Fallen Angels/Djinn/Genies/Watchers/Angwusi/Neter/Igigi/Rebel Angels/Guayota/Garuda/Al-jann/Grigori/Nefilim/Kachina and so forth.
Mentioned in such as THE KUTHA TABLETS,THE BOOK OF GIANTS and THE BOOK OF ENOCH.
The threads of this Race and civilisation cover much of our EARTH according to Religious and other records. Their dispersal around the Globe appears explained by large scale cataclysms.
Though there was much destruction and loss of life-the records state that a number of safe havens
were reached & established.
The Kutha Tablets for example in it’s “LEGEND OF CREATION” originally recorded in the Chaldean/Babylonian city of Kutha at the Temple of Sitlam in the Sanctuary of the GOD NERGAL tell of a Race of Warrior Demons; of –
“ Men with the bodies of birds of the desert, human beings with the faces of ravens, these the GREAT GODS CREATED, and in the EARTH the GODS created for them a dwelling. TIAMAT gave unto them strength, their life, the MISTRESS OF THE GODS raised. In the midst of the EARTH they grew up and became GREAT and increased their number.
Seven KINGS, brothers of the same family, six thousand were there people“. (emphasis added)
In addition to the previous intel/info i also note:
—HUMANS are NOT…
THE ONLY RACECREATED BY THESE GODS.
A LIL SLICE OF HEAVEN.
–FOR… These Heavenly Creatures grew up
“in the midst of the Earth”…
= INNER EARTH..?
whilst THE BOOK OF ENOCH tells THIS:
“…SAMYAZA was their Leader. There were prefects of over 200 Angels…AZAZYEL taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates…fabrication of mirrors…of bracelets and ornaments… use of paint…beautifying the eye-brows…use of stones of every valuable and select kind…all sorts of dyes…
has taught…upon EARTH and has disclosed to the world
ALL THE SECRET THINGS WHICH ARE DONE IN THE HEAVENS…”.
IN SUMMARY: the NINJA’s ORIGINAL MASTER INSTRUCTORS APPEAR ONE AND THE SAME AS THE GODS REBEL FALLEN ANGELS… and AZAZYEL IS A LEGEND…so…
Keep in MIND that everytime YOU SEE BEHIND A NINJA’s MASK-