This blog is meant to be Satirical for comedic purposes but its also meant to engage in the reality of what ninjutsu is or isn't. It may offend some people and that isn't my goal. I say lets all just sit back and laugh at the reality of our art is portrayed.
I have always found martial arts to be a big let down. More often then not I've been drawn into the hype and found it less then what it was advertised as. Martial arts have always been seen as a joke by people on the street and in everyday life.
Take a Look at Karate as viewed by Red Fox & the Writers of Sanford & Son...
Or Jim Carry as a Karate Instructor...
Ninja by ICP (Insane Clown Posse)
The hype in Ninjitsu is, well, extreme. For years ninjutsu has been portrayed as a mix of secret killing arts, stage magic and guerrilla tactics. In truth, with most legitimate independent study coming from Antony Cummins lead Historical Ninjutsu Research Team & Historical Ninjutsu Research Team Facebook Group where ninjutsu enthusiasts can discuss history, the translated shinobi densho (written by ), show case their own experiments in using the historical information gathered by Antony Cummins.
On a more personal level, I've applied methods gathered from “fraud ninjutsu” instructors all one has to do is look my Blogs is Koga Ryu really Dead or The “Last” LastNinja to see where history & the claims of others on the internet really don't match up. As it turns out there is no proven ninjutsu lineage or tradition. So I looked at skills and basically created my own art, mixed with applications of modern US Army Infantry training. As someone said the other day in speaking with me about my art “What is more dangerous then a Ninja? A ninja with a gun.”
For the hype and hoopla about martial arts and even ninjutsu (which is actually ancient Japanese Espionage Skills & not martial arts) the reality is that it often becomes a matter of hype. Appearance is not the same as substance. You see one must always look past appearance to the substance at its core. In doing this we find many things and most people are not as they appear. A friend of mine commented on Don Roley's habitual use blogs attacking Ashida Kim, Frank Dux and I, suggesting or stating (I don't know I don't read Roley's blogs) that he consumed my every thought. Yet as I was told it seems that Roley is instead obsessed with my school and me. I kinda laughed at this comment & told dear “St. Thomas” I might quote him on that but wouldn't give his name (I don't want him harassed).
You see Don Roley, has been using false names; fake profiles and such on the internet to harass me and level complaints with none other then Antony Cummins trying to get Mr. Cummins to separate himself from me. Why? Because to Don Roley, Antony Cummins & I are his biggest competition. Antony representing actual historical ninjutsu examination and education and myself someone who openly admits I don't have a proven lineage. This same Don Roley who is more then happy to lie (once more) excluding information actual facts for more lies to get his way.
Now I very much admit that in my FullDisclosure Blog I graphically stated I did not intend to do any harm to Greg Duckworth (the West Virginia State Trooper responsible with Chrissa Kunrod of the Raliegh County Prosecutor's Office & one Theresa Redden mother of Ashley Redden; who forced Ashley Redden to give false testimony against me). Now while I very graphically explained I could have done certain things, I also stated I had no intent to do them. It wasn't a threat it was a very clearly made point: I could have killed you & still can but don't want to. I didn't make that point because I am a bad ass or ninja killing machine, I did it because I have very real enemies with very real guns and very real bullets that will kill me. I did it to draw someone into the spotlight of internet drama & ninja related childishness that is ninjutsu on the internet.
Screen shot of what I said:
As you can see, I make it clear I have a concern for my life and the lives of my friends and family. While graphic in what I could have done, I have no fear in where I draw that line in the sand. A far better men then me; my Senior Drill Sergeant in the Army once told us the story of how he broke his neck parachuting into a minefield & of how he ran out on that same mine field to rescue four fallen soldiers. He told us this story and then asked us why he did it. Answer came back because you were a Ranger or because you were Special Forces. And he corrected us with this lesson, he did what he did because he had to do it. The Uniform is cloth, the tabs meaningless if the man wearing them depends on them to define rather then himself.
Screen shot of Don Roley lying yet again:
Once again distorting the facts t push his own agenda. Fortunately Don Roley is too stupid to see why I used him. Now Trooper Greg Duckworth of Taylor Made fame is publicly addressed on the internet, in the 3-ring circus side show we call ninjutsu on the internet. Putting a spotlight of sorts on him and keeping me a bit safer with everyone's eyes on us both. Makes it harder to make me "disappear" especially true now that a private investigator is examining my evidence and following my own investigation into the events.
He wants to be dirty Harry... but he's just dirty...
Facts remain, with the asshole above trying to kidnap me using false charges to cover up his own involvement in child pandering, drug running, illegal gun sales, drug dealing & other crimes and trying to make out to be some sort of terroristic, pedophile, sex offending-stalker (sounds a little much for me to be on a $25,000 Bond right?) who shouldn't be on the street. Being called a fake ninja (in truth we all are fakes in the ninjutsu community, I just admit it...) or crazy, (many would call me crazy just for taking a stand but if I don't who will?) isn't a concern. In fact they may be welcomed by the time this is all said and done. Other then a very hyped & graphic warning used to draw in those whom would (with their own added twists) draw my little spider above into a very public spot light, the substance is just as simplistic & just as powerful; I wanted attention on us both...
But what is the substance and what is hype here with Don Roley? You see, I find the whole Takamatsu lineage and arts less then useless. Takamatsu has forged many “tall tells” and of those who want to sit around telling them to each other to reinforce their illusions of competence and skill or boost their feelings of false security I welcome them to do just that. Only, please don't cry because I don't believe you or I think you are full of “it.” (whatever “It” is)
I address this in highlighting the problem here. Many times what people feed as hype in the advertising of a particular martial art or in general in any product is very different from what is presented. How many hamburgers look like they do in the commercials? That is the commercialism of the martial arts and with it the hype, often unfounded and many times pointless beyond selling you something. When there is a lack of substance to support the hype, those selling the over hyped product resort to lies and name calling.
It doesn't matter were you find your hype, in competition arts and sports like MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), in Reality Based Self-Defense (often with the same draw backs as any self-defense system) or in traditional martial arts espousing a lineage to some great warrior and offering you the secret skills of the “ancient order of wombats.” In the end the hype and substance must be separated. So to answer the title question; I am a Ninja Warrior! So does everyone keep laughing at me?
Because you have done nothing of substance to support your own hype. What good is a certificate in (enter martial arts here) or a trophy from (enter competition here) if you've yet to prove who you are in the face of adversity and difficulty? What does it matter how you hype yourself or your accomplishments if the substance of your character is lacking? You can be a “Ninja Warrior” but what have done with the title or is it merely something that hangs on your wall gives you a feeling of accomplishment?
The legitimacy of the claim to being a "Ninja Warrior" is based more on accomplishment & skills then lineage. One doesn't become a "Ninja" by training or by lineage, the fact that ninja is an extinct additional duty of a samurai class that became extinct with the Samurai class itself. As no ninjutsu school has a proven lineage & the only source of historical ninjutsu being the historical documents themselves, we must ask what is the direction of our training? What is the goals of our club or dojo?
If its to sit around telling yourself you're something or someone your not because of a lineage that doesn't exist and depends on trolling internet forums for attention. You might be better off enjoying a good LARPing round of Alliance Roleplaying to feel nice and ninjery. However, if you're looking at authentic skills then get into the historical documents and experiment. As for modern ninjutsu well that's were modern technology, martial arts and the best in physical and psychological training meet real world application of historical ninjutsu to fill in the espionage base that is as unknown to most civilians like myself.
You are wht you make yourself out to be and you have to power to master your life and yourself. Ninjutsu is no different then Karate in that they are both tools. You can use a hammer to bash something or to build a book case (trust me I've done both... lol). I've met men and women who defined themselves as warriors & served their country honorably with distinction and courage in the military, I've also met people who defined themselves as warriors and fought for those who couldn't fight for themselves defending handicap kids from bullies or filling bags of dirt to build levies against floods to protect their communities. Warriors are defined by the battles they fight and worth of their sacrifices...
No battle is fought without sacrifice & this is something the warrior must accept. You can choose to fight for yourself or something more. For me the ideas of justice, honor & freedom out weigh any master on this earth. Either way the sacrifices must be worth the battles or he war, sometimes you do not get to choose the battles or the war, they choose you. In either case you must choose to fight or accept your own falling...