Ninja techniques - or "ninjutsu" - incorporates teachings by Chinese monks? These Chinese monks arrived in Japan in the 1020s. Before then, that have already traveled around the world, in India, Tibet, and China to be more specific. They thought their methods to Japanese warrior monks or "yamabushi". The first known ninja school of sorts would come about during the 12th century. Daisuke Togakure, a disgraced samurai wandered the mountains where he met Kain Doshi. Kain was a Chinese warrior monk that helped him develop a new type of guerrilla warfare. Daisuke's descendants would, later on, create the first-ever ninja school, the Togakureryu. Most ninjas were common villagers and farmers who learned to fight by any means needed. The most famous ninja strongholds were the Iga and Koga Provinces.
The samurai were noble warriors that lived by a strict code called "bushido". They would use the services of ninjas to do their "dirty work". Ninjas were instrumental in various battles from 1336 to the 1600s. When warlord Oda Nobunaga began to reunite Japan, he viewed them as a threat. Hence began his campaign to eradicate the Iga and Koga strongholds. Ninjas may no longer exist today but their ninjutsu and legends live on to this day. They have inspired the creation of various ninja movies, TV shows, and even ninja games. The long and dark history of these silent assassins will live on and will pass down for generations to come.
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