is that those who master the Ninpo Bugei give light to our everyday
world, a world often filled with darkness.
Ninjutsu is best described as the collection of skills utilized by the
Ninja while Ninpo, often referred to as "the higher order of Ninjutsu,
" implies a philosophy for living based on the principles of Nin.
Nin translates into patience, but can also imply perseverance, or stealth.
The Japanese character for Nin consists of two parts or radicals. The
upper radical is called yaiba which refers to the cutting edge of a
blade. The lower radical can be read either as kokoro or shin, both
of which mean heart.
po, which implies natural law, is used rather than do (i.e.. judo, kendo,
aikido,etc). Referring to our art as Ninpo rather than Ninjutsu stresses
training which is concerned with the internal development of the individual's
character along with the technical skills of martial training.