The essence of all martial arts and military strategies is self-protection and the prevention of danger….
The way of the martial artist is the way of enduring, surviving, and prevailing over all that would destroy him. More than merely delivering strikes and slashes, and deeper in significance than the simple out-witting of an enemy; ninpo is the way of attaining that which we need while making the world a better place. The skill of the ninja is the art of winning….
“ATTAINING THAT WHICH WE NEED WHILE MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
The combatant who would win must be in harmony with the scheme of totality, and must be guided by an intuitive knowledge of the playing out of fate. In tune with the providence of heaven and the impartial justice of nature, and following a clear and pure heart full of trust in the inevitable, the ninja captures the insight that will guide him successfully into battle when he must conquer and conceal himself protectively from hostility when he must acquiesce….
By opening his eyes and his mind, one can responsively follow the subtle seasons and the reasons of heaven, changing just as change is necessary, adapting always…
33rd Grandmaster, Togakure ryu ninjutsu
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