Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ninja versus Kung Fu Fighter: Who Will Win?

"What?" exclaimed Taro.

"I said, 'let's spar,'" Aimoto said. Then he added after a brief pause, "Don't tell me you don't do martial arts. I can tell just by looking at you. You look pretty strong. There aren't many of us around here who do martial arts; so I don't have many people to spar with."

"I don't think that's a good idea," Taro said, trying to get out of it. In truth, he didn't think that Master Komatsu would think it was a good idea.

"It's fine," he said. "There is a dojo on campus, and one of the instructors there can proctor our match to make sure we don't get hurt. Common!"

Aimoto took off so fast that Taro didn't have a chance to make another excuse. It seemed that if he wanted to maintain some level of normality, he would have to go along with it. He stood quickly and followed behind, leaving his half-eaten bento.

The two came upon a large building that looked old enough to have been built in the edo period. Unbeknownst to the young ninja, it was.

They rushed inside, and Aimoto immediately went searching for an instructor. A few minutes later and a small elderly man with a long beard came back with him.

Taro looked the man over. He was nearly bald except for a patches of hair on either side of his bald head, and his beard went down to his knees. The man slouched but seemed to command a lot of respect in his decrepit body, and his squinty eyes revealed years of experience. It was almost humorous to Taro, and although he was not well acquainted with the movies and culture outside of his ninja world, it seemed too comically familiar to the description of kung fu masters he read about and saw pictures of.

"I am Master Tao Zing," he said. It was obvious from his name and the way he spoke that he came from China. "It is good to see that we have a new student to join our campus dojo. We have so few students here these days."

"I wasn't aware," Taro said, bowing his head respectfully.

"Yes, yes," said Aimoto. "You can tell him all about our dojo later, but I was hoping you would proctor our sparing match. Please, we don't have much time until lunch is over."

The old Master Tao Zing chuckled. Brushing off some dirt on the shoulder of his worn-out looking kung fu gi, and stroking his long beard with his withered old hands as though he was in no hurry to do anything, he finally said, "Yes, yes. But of course. You two get into position, and I will go take a seat."

Aimoto hurried over to a painted square on the ground, and the old master made his way to a stool sitting near the wall. Taro quickly followed Aimoto's lead, even though he still wasn't so sure about this. Oh well, he thought. I suppose there's no helping it now.

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It's finally going to happen! Aimoto and Taro are going to face off, but before they do, who do you think is going to win? Tell me what you think in the comment section below and read on to the next part of Taro's Ninja Spy High School!

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.