Faq I know a lot of the FAQ should have been already answered but as I have seen a lot of them are being asked again and again. I'm hoping that with a FAQ thread these questions won't be asked as much. So post anything that you will think is important to ninjutsu/taijutsu for anyone perticapating in the art or wanting to learn about the art. What art can be compared/similar to ninjutsu? Ninjutsu or taijutsu, since that is ninjutsu's combat art, is not really similar to any art. Probably the closest is jujutsu since 7 of the 9 ryus are jujutsu ryus. Still of the jujutsu compared to taijutsu it is still very different. Does ninjutsu/taijutsu teach weapons? YES, hanbo, bo, kusari-fundo, metsubishi, shuriken, sword, shuko, shoge and tanto. Other weapons or only some of these are taught. It all depends on your teacher. Recommended ninja books Hatsumi, Tanemura, Stephen Hayes, Charles Daniels, Donn Draeger, Jack Hoban, etc. Where to find a dojo? www.winjutsu.com , www.ninjutsu.com , etc Where can I learn to stealth? Not sure, maybe some seminars will show it but little to no dojos teach ninjutsu (stealth, etc) anymore. Only taijutsu is really taught anymore. Authentic dojos Bujinkan, Genbukan and Jinekan are the only ones that have documentation stating they are authentic ninjutsu dojos. How long does it to get a black belt? Ideally it is up to you and how much you train in and out of class, and how many classes you take. Some dojos test some don't. Some dojos require you to perticapate in a certain number of classes before you can get to a higher rank. Also some dojos teach only the basics and leave the variations to be black belts levels which others teach some variations in the high kyu levels. Are Home Study Courses (HSC) just as good as learning from a dojo? No, but it also depends on whom you are learning from. Some instructors, like learning instructors (2nd kyu to 4th dan) or not-very-good-explaining/teaching-instructors are not the best bet to learn taijutsu. Some none explaining, only one side shown move, and not teaching all the moves but requiring you to learn them are terrible videos. It is hard to find good training partners for a HSC. Good instructors should be able to give everyone 'me time' for everyone during the class. You should be able to see various angles of the moves and they should be explained carefully. Good videos show all the moves that they are supposed to teach in various angles, and they should be described carefully. Even more so than in class because you do not have 'me time' on a HSC like you do in class. No matter what you choose you should try to take seminars also (they're fun but can be pricey), but all in all the dojo is the best. What are good videos? Richard Van Donk, Hatsumi, Takamatsu, Tanemaru, Stephen Hayes..... I know there are other questions to put up so please be polite and post up anything you think will be helpful to ninjutsu/taijutsu students.