Many people want to learn the ancient Japanese art of Ninjutsu – the martial art of Ninja, but they do not know where to start or what opportunities they have. Even today, with the advent of the Internet and the availability of media that was unknown in ancient times, Ninja art is still not easy to find.
Here are 5 ways to train ninja art in the 21st century.
1) Dojo Training. If you're lucky enough to live in an area where Ninja training is in progress dojo ("gym"), or even the gym Shibu ("training group"), you can sign up for one of their programs. Although there are far more ninja dojo than when I started training in 1980, you still won't find them as comfortable as a Tae kwon do it school.
2) Seminars and camps. In fact, that is how many students are receiving their education. If you don't live close or can't move an area where Ninja dojo is used, this is a great option. In fact, with a few days of intensive training, you can actually employ more techniques than a full-time student.
3) Private coaching. If you have the tool, you can agree with the teacher to make it available for private training based on your schedule. There are often meetings to travel to the teacher's dojo day after day, or even several days, or they can be organized to take the teacher with you if possible!
4) Books, DVDs and online courses. While this is never the same as actual live teacher training, resources such as books, videos, and even online courses can provide a solid foundation for filling in gaps or for moving between live training courses.
5) Travel to Japan. Once again, once the opportunity arises and you manage to organize your time, work plan, family life and finances, you can travel to Japan for a direct masterclass with your master teachers. Many senior educators organize training trips that you can join. This way, you can benefit from being a guide and mentor instead of having to figure things out as soon as you get there.
Training ninjutsu art is not easy. Work, commitment, dedication and, above all, purposefulness are needed. Even with these five educational resources, it is ultimately up to you what you learn, what skills you develop, and how far you go.