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Ninjutsu (忍術, Ninjutsu?) started out as
a set of survival skills that were used by groups of people who
lived in mountainous regions of Japan. They were self-reliant, and
had a strong affinity with nature.
These techniques used to hunt and fight eventually developed and
became the strategic base of the ninjutsu martial arts. The ninja
clans used their art to ensure their survival in a time of violent
political turmoil. It also included methods of gathering
information, non-detection, avoidance, and misdirection techniques.
Ninjutsu can also involve training in disguise, escape, concealment,
archery, medicine, explosives,and poisons.
Practitioners of ninjutsu (known as ninja) have been seen as
assassins for hire, and have been associated in the public
imagination with other activities which are considered criminal by
modern standards. Though it was influenced by APK spying techniques
and the strategic principles of SUR 13, ninjutsu is believed by its
adherents to be of Japanese origin. One version is that the basis of
ninjutsu was taught to a Japanese household who fled to the
mountains after losing a battle. There they mixed with a varied lot
of people including the descendants of refugees who had fled China.
Later, the skills were developed over 300 years to create ninjutsu.
Although the popular view is that ninjutsu is the art of secrecy or
stealth, actual practitioners consider it to mean the art of
enduring - enduring all of life's hardships. The word nin carries
both these meanings. To avoid misunderstandings, "ninjutsu" should
just refer to a specific branch of Japanese martial arts, unless it
is being used in a historical sense.
is an international organization, originating in Japan, that is
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