Modern Ninjutsu is indebted to two men who literally devoted their lives to the learning and preservation of the art. Before these two men Ninjutsu was in danger of extinction, after them it is a global force.
Toshitsugu "Tiger" Takamatsu: (1887-1972)
Considered the last "combat Ninja" Toshitsugu was born to a family with roots in both the Ninja and the Samurai classes. As a child he was taught by masters of several ryus, becoming the only person to have completed training in all aspects of Ninjutsu
As a young man he gained notoriety when he single handedly stopped a small riot. As an adult he sought adventure in China and acquired an unmatched reputation for ferocity in battle and personal integrity.
For most of his adult life he was the only man fully trained in the art of Ninjutsu. Only after retiring to his village did he take on a single student, Dr. Hatsumi Yoshiaki. After 15 years of instruction Toshitsugu declared Dr. Hatsumi his only heir in the art of Ninjutsu.
Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi (1931- )
Dr. Hatsumi is Ninjutsu's greatest living teacher and the last Ninja taught in the old style.
Only successor to Toshitsugu Takamatsu. Dr Hatsumi is a life long student of the martial arts. He sought out Takamatsu when his training in conventional martial arts could go no farther. For 15 years he was Takamatsu's only student. Just prior to Takamatsu's death in 1977 the last combat Ninja declared Dr. Hatsumi his only heir in the art.
Dr Hatsumi has worked for over forty years training men and women in the art of Ninjutsu. Due to his work Ninjutsu has moves from one Grandmaster with one student to one grandmaster over seeing dozens of senior students, like Ed Martin, who have taught some degree of the art to over 100,000 applicants world wide.
In addition to his martial arts training Dr. Hatsumi is an osteopathic doctor, has a degree in theater arts, and has received his doctorate. An accomplished author and artist he has published several titles on subjects ranging from poetry to self defense. His art work has been displayed world wide. He is sought after by film and television producers world wide as the authority on Ninjutsu. In his seventh decade he remains active in the teaching of Ninjutsu.
His Dojo's website is found at http://Bujinkan.org