"Ninjutsu" is not getting great press these days.
People outside the martial arts community are beginning to make fun of anyone associated with Ninjutsu. Check out Number 8 on this list.
Then Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior pits a Spartan against a Ninja in a death match...
Which the Ninja loses.
Ninjas don't take losing lying down. Just check out this guy's spirited 20 minute intellectual defense steeped in history and artifacts that is spread over two YouTube videos. He's worked himself into a frenzy over a Spike TV show -- he even gets visibly emotional in the second video! Now... there's no doubt this dork has some serious book learning about ninja. If he, or his hair, amuses you in any way: he's got lots more videos in which he gets so frustrated he starts insulting YouTube whipping boy ChosonNinja.
Is there any hope this downward spiral into ninja oblivion will end? Or are we all doomed to get sucked into suckiness?
I found this today on a Bujinkan web forum:
The rest of the martial arts world, and soon the wider world, are increasingly finding our fame-hungry youtube-posting multidan obese cultist egocentric self-promoting ninja masters to be the biggest joke in the universe (we are only one ranking below clowns in the Outright Ridicularity League), and there are more and more examples for them to (often quite rightly) ridicule by the year. Eventually we will lull the world into a false sense of security until the prospect of being faced with engaging in combat with Bujinkan budoka is as frightening as finding a balloon in your garden. But amongst the mediocre, the fantasists, the talkers and Twitterers, the too-deadly-to-spar brigade, the too-deadly-to-diet brigade, will hide the all-too-real menace of real budoka, who don't make excuses, who train hard and honestly for the real world.
Let me sum this up: Train seriously. All else is fluff. And quit making stupid videos.