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Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi is the Grandmaster of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Bujinkan is modern Ninjutsu martial art school based on 9 Samurai and Ninja self-defense and warrior traditions. Hatsumi Soke teaches for self defense and enlightment and his philosophies and techniques can be found in his own books and many videos by himself and his students all over the world. Dr. Hatsumi is a doctor and an artist as well. Visit Hatsumi.org for samples of his work and his paintings.
In his book “The Complete Ninja” Hatsumi Soke writes about foolish Ninjas, weakness and power. On pages 167-8, he says,
“I have told my strongest students to become weak. Strong students think from the beginning that the best thing in Budo or Ninjutsu is to develop power, and as a result they fear becoming weak. To this I have responded: Pride in power is a miniscule piece of dust….
“I’m always saying to my students who themselves are teachers if they only seek to become strong, then that strength is connected to misfortune and therefore is classified as a weakness…
“I say that if you study for more than a decade and you cannot become self-aware then it is similar to standing in hostile territory ending up as on of the Four Heavenly Kings who lost his head to a battle-scarred novice, becoming the laughing stock of the three-legged Crow in a scene of carnage, dying as a foolish Ninja.
Fine More Hatsumi Soke’s Quotes About Power and Weakness
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“I don’t want to see my disciples deviate unconsciously from the way of ninpo and be caught in a trap of desire. I hope that after the ninja boom is gone with the wind, only the humane people who seek the truth of ninjutsu will remain. I also hope that from these truth seekers one truly skillful ninja or martial artist after another will emerge and do good for the whole community. I appeal to those schemers who exploit the ninja boom for their own game that they do not risk the balance of living creatures.” -Essence of Ninjutsu, page 68
“There is a saying that those who have a just heart have no enemies. However, enemies do exist, and when faced by an approaching enemy one should avoid them in order not to injure them. If the situation is unavoidable, however, the true form is attained by raising one’s courage to a level whereby one is prepared for death.” -The Essence of Budo, page 28
Contemplate the words of Bujinkan Grandmaster Hatsumi Soke for staying on the path of righteousness and handling your enemies. Find Hatsumi’s books to read more about ninja and samurai training, weapons and history: http://hatsumi.org/books/
The Essence of Budo
Essence of Ninjutsu
The Complete Ninja Unarmed Fighting Techniques of the Samurai