Hello folks...some ninjutsu questions.
Hello everyone. I'm a new member to Bullshido. It seems Bullshido is an excellent source for getting down to the truth about the martial arts...the claims, the histories, the people, etc., so I decided to join up =) My own martial arts background is rather limited...some lessons in aikido, kendo and some of the Northern Shaolin styles. I'm certainly no expert in any of this; heck, I think of myself as barely 'beginner'.
Anyways, I've been giving serious thought about taking up ninjutsu as the few demonstrations I've seen have really intrigued...but I know there is a LOT of bull surrounding ninjutsu, so I thought I'd better ask people who know much better than I a few questions:
-How can I make sure a school/instructor is actually giving instruction in ninjutsu?
-Did "real" ninja of feudal Japan really wear those all black uniforms or is that something for us Westerners?
-Is "ninja" actually the correct thing to call practitioners of ninjutsu or is it a made up term?
-Does ninjutsu training emphasize all those amazing acrobatics we see in some demonstrations?
-I've been told that the 'ninja-to' sword is a complete fiction and that the ninja actually used a sword with a square guard and a curved blade and that this sword was smaller than a katana but larger than a wakizashi. True?
I know this is a lot right off the bat, but I really want to do this right. I sincerely appreciate any answers and guidance.