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Ninja Media

There is Only One Kawakami

 

Kawakami has become an institution in modern day ninjutsu arts, and for good reason.  He has become something of an icon with his statement to Matt Blake of the Online Mail that:

“I think I’m called (the last ninja) as there is probably no other person who learned all the skills that were directly handed down from ninja masters over the last five centuries,” he said. “Ninjas proper no longer exist.”

But Kawakami has decided to let the art die with him because ninjas ‘just don’t fit with modern day’, adding: “We can’t try out murder or poisons. Even if we can follow the instructions to make a poison, we can’t try it out.”

Unlike the Bujinkan McDojo empire created by the ever-expansive Masaaki Hatsumi, Kawakami seems unconcerned with Ninjutsu as a money-making proposition.  Which is odd when you think about it, since the Ninja of earlier days were supposed to be “soul-less mercenaries” only interested in money and power.

But perhaps the days of Ninja school building empires are over, and, according to some they should never been in the first place.

“Ninja is a private art,” Grandmaster Robert Law of the Geijin Ryu once told me.  “You see people making money off of teaching the public, you know something’s not right.”

Grandmaster Law makes a serious point.  The average student will never invest in the type of true ninja training that he and Kawakami went through.  The problem with physical mastery is that it takes time and effort and total commitment.  It’s for that reason that most public Ninja schools are more curiousity than authentic.  Ninja training demands too much.  Students today don’t want to pay the price.

So we applaud Kawakami.  He’s committed to his art- not the general public.  Ninjutusu isn’t about the general public; it’s about true teachers of the art, and students who give every ounce of what they have to learn.

 

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