Have you ever been to ancestry.com? If you have, you probably quickly found you are related to everyone. The Masaaki Hatsumi lineage, of course, pertains to the modern ninja. Is it real or fake? Or does it even matter?
The biggest deal pertaining to martial arts on the internet I see on a daily basis is the value, or “realness.” Everyone thinks they are being faked out. Here is a fact: Jon Jones is arguably one of the best fighters in the world. Jon Jones is a blue belt…
Is that fake? Here is the issue, the belt is the knowledge, the power is in the person wielding said knowledge. If the art isn’t effective for you… it could be you that is ineffective. (this is my point before the point).
What does Masaaki Hatsumi claim?
For those of you that don’t know. Hatsumi is the leader of the bujinkan. A form of ninjutsu that supposedly derived from ninjas in the 1100’s. He, of course, claims that he is the rightful heir to the throne.
Truth be told, lineage is for the most part fake. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are born… it is borderline hearsay. We have history, some documented, some not. For anyone to claim something is 100% accurate is a bit crazy. I mean after all… I am a god among men.
So, this isn’t a family, but it is a grouping of the “head” of the art.
Shima Kosanta Minamoto no Kanesada
Toda Nobutsuna Seiryu
Toda Nobuchika Fudo
Toda Kangoro Nobuyasu
Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa
Toda Shinbei Masachika
Toda Shingoro Masayoshi
Toda Daigoro Chikahide
Toda Daisaburo Chikashige
Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu
Takamatsu Toshitsugu Yokuo
Hatsumi Masaaki Yoshiaki
Is it true?
Well truthfully… does it matter. It is a story. That is all. History is an event documented by someone that remembers it the best (or that could actually write). Read a police report. Two eyewitnesses… two different stories. Neither is true. How does that happen? Who knows?
Does it matter?
Hatsumi was at one point in time considered one of the best teachers in the world (1986 award I believe). Who cares if it is true or false… as long as the instruction is functional, and you are having fun.
I watch The Big Bang Theory… it matters very little to me the reality, as long as I am entertained.
Thanks for reading,