Posted by MMA_Alex
This is the video I was talking about (part 1 of 2). He does seem to have legitimate credentials and information on the subject.
Ok, I just watched the videos.
As to his claim about Michael Lehr not knowing Ninjitsu and editing his website to include it, I can't say. He clearly has martial arts training, so who knows.
As for the "peasants weren't ninja" thing, I haven't a clue. Could be legit.
As for the black eggs, I'd always heard they were filled with metal filing, so he could be spot on with that, as I have no clue when glass came to Japan. They had the ability to laquer objects though, so one would think they'd have glass-like substances.
As for his collection of swords, those are straight up Home Shopping Club weapons. No one in their right mind would use a serated sword, especially considering they had access to katana craftsmanship, which is by and far the greatest slicing weapon of all time. The technique to craft a katanas edge couldn't possibly be applied to a serated blade, and I'm not willing to believe ninja, a people whos job it was to kill effectively and silently, would use a sword that has inferior cutting power and is generally messier and more likely to catch on bone or clothing. Considering, as far as I know, theres only one document that even describes ninja swords, I'm not willing to believe that weapons isn't from someones imagination.
As for the guy himself in this video, several things bother me. Granted, I don't know this guy personally, and I will say hes clearly educated on ninjitsu lore and the language, but as a martial artists, I was not at all impressed with his movements.
For one thing, he had poor technique drawing and sheathing a sword. When demonstrating how to draw a ninjato, the blade was pulled out sideways, which is incorrect, and both times he went to sheath it, he didn't leave his thumb off the suba to guide the blade in. This is the mark of someone whos not used to handling bladed weapons.
Also, when demonstrating the various hooked weapons, he clearly displays "limp wrists". One thing people from EVERY martial arts field display are strong wrists, as no matter if you're doing grappling, weapons training or striking, you need strong wrists and grip, and you can tell by the way hes handling the admittedly heavy iron hooks that hes not used to doing so. His technique in handling the ninja claws is also awkward, once again displaying hes not confortable with the weapons and familiar with the technique, to the point of it being muscle memory. Lou Klein, who he says "Has no ninjitsu experience, and no martial arts experience whatsoever, as far a I can tell", is clearly the better martial artist of the two.
As a person, I find this guy to be a what I'd call a jock sniffer and an elitist. Hes clearly educated on theory and history, but doesn't display any ability whatsoever, and his comment about buying a ninja master "very expensive tea, that costs several hundred dollars", to be a very snotty. If you're buying someone a present, and truly mean it to be a gift from the heart, you don't brag to people about how much it costs. Thats shitty.
While this guy might be upset he wasn't invited on the show, the fact of the matter is, the only function the experts on the show serve is to actually use the weapons effectively, which this guy clearly wasn't able to do. He might be pissed he got snubbed or something, but Klein and Lehr are hands down, the better martial artists.