31 August 2007

Kung fu monks reject claims ninja beat them

Have a look at the article here:


It shows a lot of the typical ignorance.

' CHINA'S Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is demanding an apology from an internet user who said its monks had once been beaten in unarmed combat by a Japanese ninja '. This could have happened as it was relatively common for ninjutsu practitioners to visit China and challenge matches did happen till about the middle of the 20th century.

' Ninjas – professional assassins trained in martial arts – date back to mediaeval Japan. '

WRONG! Ninja clans typically developed their arts defending things like their temples. Different clans developed different specialties. But the chief difference between ninja and samurai was that samurai were nobles. In fact, from available documents it appears that most assassinations were carried out by samurai.

And ninjutsu does not date back to medieval Japan, it dates back to somewhere around 2300 BC.

Here's a brief History of Ninjutsu, complete with references: http://www.ebearweb.net/ninjutsuhist.htm

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