Zen and Ninjutsu share a common belief of selflessness and openness to the world.
“Let us all gain happiness by expelling grief, sorrow, and distress from our hearts. Happiness is the supreme satisfaction that this life offers. Dispel dissatisfaction and sorrow, rethink the source to find happiness.”
The previous Grandmaster of Ninjutsu, Takamatsu Sensei, found a balance in the art and in life. He believed that the ninja follows the laws of nature and commits no violence. Understanding nature and understanding Ninjutsu come hand-in-hand as one progresses in the mastery of the art.
Soke Masaaki Hatsumi summarized Takamatsu Sensei’s thoughts in his book The Essence of Ninjutsu:
- Develop an enduring Zen spirit and understand its implications
- Become aware of sincerity and faith
- Self-reflection and self-realization, then thankfulness and benevolence, are to be pursued
Find peace in the practice of zen and Ninjutsu
As practitioners of Ninjutsu, we are learning to be at peace with ourselves and the world around us. Zen and Ninjutsu are tools for us to become more aware.
Parents, what aspects of Zen and Ninjutsu could help your child grow in their confidence? How could self-reflection and self-realization change their habits or improve their life and yours?
Adults, when do you find yourself feeling lost or unsure? How could understanding yourself better help to open you up to new opportunities?
Call us at Quest Martial Arts Ann Arbor to schedule your first lesson and find your zen! We have classes for ages 4 and up. Ninjutsu is a self defense based art and our adults love it! Our number is 734-332-1800. Our web address is Quest-MartialArts.com
Hatsumi, M. (1988). Essence of Ninjutsu. New York: Mc-Graw Hill.