[quote]Quiet Warrior wrote:
I don’t know what’s so bad about learning some good old fashioned Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (or ninjutsu if you want to call it this way)
Have been practicing for 3 years now but will be forced to stop because I will move this autumn to a different country.
Now before any of you give me sh*t, I have been training for competive Kickboxing and have seen both sides of the spectrum. Both TMA’s and MMA’s (the first M stands for modern) are fun.
As everybody already has pointed out: It’s difficult to get real self defense skills with ninjutsu.
But for anything else, hey before you end up in a wannabe Shotokan Gym-pick ninjutsu!
Why is Ninjutsu so much fun?
1.) You get to position yourself in these cool come-at-me-bro stances you know out of kung fu movies while doing f.e. the Kihon Happon and other traditional Katas. (Hicho no kamae is almost as good as the white crane posture. Almost.)
2.) You get to play arround with weapons. Long swords, short swords, knives, sticks, staffs, throwing stars and throwing darts… the list goes on! The coolest thing I ever learned was doing jointlocks with my belt or with a towel. By the way, nothing is more fun than picking up a staff and swirling it arround you like a mad man. Nothing. Except for firing a handgun maybe or shooting an M60 from the hips.
3.) You get to wear a sweet black Gi and if you are lucky a pair of Tabis. The only thing that is missing now are a couple of karate friends who want to do some full contact randori with you outside at the park. With bows and all that stuff so you get to feel like you are on Han’s lonely Island.
It’s a great hobby, and it satisfies the 8 year old inside of me. (There, I said it)
If you want to learn selfdefense do some thaiboxing or other full contact combat sports and practice something cool like ninjutsu or kobudo along the way.
All the best
Tai Jutsu is actually only the unarmed portion of Ninjutsu/Ninpo (of which there are 18).
I’d also argue that skills like stealth, disguise, awareness, weapons skills, and camouflage/concealment can be just as beneficial (if not more) in terms of self defense as kickboxing or wrestling skills (especially depending on the individual practicing those skills).