What is the difference between Ninpo and Ninjutsu?
According to martial arts teaccher Shidoshi Frank Dux: Within the Koga Yamabushi Ninjitsu school Ninpo is considdered as a higher and more advanced form of Ninjutsu. Ninpo is Ninjutsu, but on a very advanced level. The teacher level within the Koga Yamabushi Ninjitsu and through the Koga Yamabushi Association is considdered Ninpo.
Even though the term ‘Ninpo’ has been in use since World War II, very few people know its true significance and those who practice Ninpo Bugei are even fewer. Most people only recognise the art of the Ninja throught the term ‘Ninjutsu’. Ninjutsu is best described as the collection of skills used by the Ninja, while Ninpo, often referred to as “the higher order of Ninjutsu”, implies a philosophy for living, based on the principles of Nin. The Japanese character for ‘Nin’ used in the words ‘Ninja’, ‘Ninjutsu’ and ‘Ninpo’, consists of 2 radicals or parts. The upper radical called ‘Yaiba’ means the cutting edge of a blade. The lower radical is read as ‘Kokoro’ or ‘Shin’ meaning heart. ‘Nin’ is also used to write ‘Nintai’ which means perseverance or patience, implying the important thing for a Ninja is to be patient under impossible circumstances and persevere when he cannot find a way to succeed on a mission. This form of thinking, the spirit of perseverance, is called ‘Ninja Seishin’. The