Did you ever wonder how a ninja would beat a mixed martial arts fighter? It seems that I get this question almost as often as get the “how do I become a ninja” inquiry. And, while I’d like to answer this question easily, there isn’t really an easy answer. In fact, the problem lies more in the question than there being a best answer for it.
What I mean by this is that, when it comes to mixed martial arts and ninjutsu – the martial art of Japan’s ancient ninja warriors – we’re not talking about the difference between apples and oranges here – it’s more like apples…and automobiles!
The fact is that, Ninja are not fighters in the same way that mma competitors are. This would be like asking how an army special forces soldier would beat an mma fighter. Top this with the fact that the Ninja were guerrilla fighters – much like special forces operatives – and you can begin to see the difference.
My short answer, for the purpose of this article is this…
A ninja would beat an mma fighter by, first, not getting in the ring with him! Ninja use their skills for self-protection and for the protection of higher ideals. They do not use them for the purpose of winning fame, titles, glory, or money.
In fact, all of these things contradict the ninja’s need to produce results without being detected.
So, the assumption that a ninja would have to defeat a mixed martial arts fighter in the first place, begins within the context of the ninja being attacked in a street self defense scenario by someone trained in mixed martial arts. And to answer that, all I have to say is…
You know those rules that are no-no’s for mma fighters who train to avoid doing certain things in the ring? You know…
- No eye-gouging
- No attacks to the groin
- No strikes to the back of the head or the spine
- No head butts
- No strikes or grabs to the throat
- No manipulation of the fingers and toes
- No knees to the head of a grounded opponent
- and many more…
The ninja starts with those and goes from there. Some people would say that this isn’t fair. But then “fair” doesn’t belong in a self defense situation. It already wasn’t fair when the attacker (mma fighter or not) chose someone who was minding his or her own business in the first place.
The ninja’s goal is in winning with the least amount of effort and wear-and-tear possible.
And, he is gone before anyone knows that he was responsible for the broken attacker lying on the street!