A while back, I wrote an article on a few things related to ninjas and ninja-ing, but I decided it might be a good idea to present a few sources that actually teach you how to be a ninja. After much thought, I decided that the best way to do this might be in video form. Fortunately, I went to the magnificent powers of YouTube, and I tried to find a few YouTube ninja channels that will help all of you MakeUseOf readers on your quest to becoming the ultimate ninja.
Below, these channels will provide intricate details on how to fight, how to escape, and how to use weapons. The best part of this is that they actually will teach you something (unlike any tongue-in-cheek articles you may have read beforehand).
With that in mind, please know that I’m not a martial arts master. So anything I say or do should not be taken as any form of direction. If you decide to try any of these things at home, blame the video-makers if you get hurt.
I’m not a ninja expert in the least, but I could tell that these videos are well-formatted for easy-learning. The videos are shot at a wide angle with typically two models to view, and with that said, everything is relatively straight-forward and simple. You’ll notice that the quality isn’t that great (as far as technical stuff goes), but who really cares? The videos aren’t designed to be anything artistic, but they offer a lot of action-packed information.
Videos feature intricate details on specific moves and techniques. Additionally, you’ll notice that there are a few videos providing details on weapons, and furthermore, there are a few links from this channel to other ninja-related content, so you can make use of these as well.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Online Ninja Training, for the videos do not seem to be of the highest quality. But to be honest, it appears to suffer from the same issues as the Ninja Learning Network. The content is fine, but the video quality may not be so great. With that said, somebody should get these guys some better equipment!
Even with my limited ninja guru knowledge, I could tell that Online Ninja Training has quite a bit to bring to the table. Granted, I will have to say that there isn’t much of a difference between this source and the first one.
My personal favorite site was Rick Tew’s Martial Science. I preferred this one because Rick offers a variety of different videos shot in different styles providing various ways to perform certain moves or techniques. Rick’s earlier videos seem to lack very good quality, but his later ones are far superior compared to what else I have seen.
For instance, the first video I watched displayed two fighters in a hilly area with a camera following them, displaying the move that Rick was about to explain. After watching them spar for a bit, Rick came on screen and explained what all had just occurred. With that said, these videos are an excellent source for all your ninja needs.
The only issue I had with them was that Rick sometimes made too many videos for a series. Granted, this is easily forgivable.
I suppose that’s all we have to say here, folks! I fear that revealing the secrets of the ninja may put a mark on my head. Hopefully not, though…
What other websites do you use for ninja-related fun?