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The Renaissance was one of the greatest cultural occurrences to ever affect the world. Spanning the 14th-17th centuries, the Renaissance period brought enlightenment and advances in the arts, architecture, science, technology, and countless other areas to the European continent, helping to bring the area out of the Dark Ages. It is widely agreed that the movement as a whole began in Florence, Italy during the 14th century, but no one is quite sure who got the ball rolling. Theories vary from the Greeks to the Ottoman Empire in Turkey and even the Medici family.
The period focused on bringing realism, education, and a linear perspective to the study of humans as subjects. Painters and thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo brought advances in how science and art perceive the human condition, and set the stage for the great thinkers of the modern period. Even better served were the creation of the printing press, and its dissemination of written knowledge to the masses for the first time in history. Ultimately, the period was about the intellectual advancement of society. The thinkers were attempting to move from a religious-controlled world, into one that struck a balance between the church and the mind, as things had been in age of antiquity. The entire period was certainly a success.
There was a lot of good to come out of the Renaissance period. While it’s debated as to how much knowledge was “lost” during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance did bring a new line of thought to the world of the time. Logic, reason, and science found a happy medium with art and literature that had not been seen in the Europe for some 1,500 years. The modern world flourished, and Europe led the way into the age of exploration and conquest.
It’s a testimonial to the ninja that Japan’s 1964 Olympic team seriously considered using a number of ninjutsu training methods.
Masaaki Hatsumi, one of Japan’s few remaining ninja practitioners, describes the ninja of old as the perfect all-around athletes of their day — expert in running, jumping, swimming, climbing walls, long-distance hiking, throwing, etc.
While there are several styles of modern ninjutsu, the historical lineage of these styles is disputed. Some schools and masters claim to be the only legitimate heir of the art, but ninjutsu is not centralized like modernized martial arts such as judo or karate. Togakure-ryū claims to be the oldest recorded form of ninjutsu, and claims to have survived past the 1500s
Spying in Japan dates as far back as Prince Shōtoku (572–622), although the origins of the Ninja date much earlier. According to Shōninki, the first open usage of ninjutsu during a military campaign was in the Genpei War, when Minamoto no Kuro Yoshitsune chose warriors to serve as shinobi during a battle; this manuscript goes on to say that, during the Kenmu era, Kusunoki Masashige used ninjutsu frequently. According to footnotes in this manuscript, the Genpei War lasted from 1180 to 1185, and the Kenmu Restoration occurred between 1333 and 1336. Ninjutsu was developed by groups of people mainly from the Iga Province and Kōka, Shiga of Japan. Throughout history the shinobi have been seen as assassins, scouts and spies who were hired mostly by territorial lords known as the Daimyo. They conducted operations that the samurai were forbidden to partake in. They are mainly noted for their use of stealth and deception. Throughout history many different schools (ryū) have taught their unique versions of ninjutsu. An example of these is the Togakure-ryū. This ryū was developed after a defeated samurai warrior called Daisuke Togakure escaped to the region of Iga. Later he came in contact with the warrior-monk Kain Doshi who taught him a new way of viewing life and the means of survival (ninjutsu). Ninjutsu was developed as a collection of fundamental survivalist techniques in the warring state of feudal Japan. The ninja used their art to ensure their survival in a time of violent political turmoil. Ninjutsu included methods of gathering information, and techniques of non-detection, avoidance, and misdirection. Ninjutsu can also involve training in free running, disguise, escape, concealment, archery, and medicine.
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A ninja or shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certain situations. Their covert methods of waging war contrasted the ninja with the samurai, who observed strict rules about honor and combat. The shinobi proper, a specially trained group of spies and mercenaries, appeared in the Sengoku or "warring states" period, in the 15th century,but antecedents may have existed in the 14th century,and possibly even in the 12th century.