In a battle between a samurai and a ninja, who would come out victorious? When comparing these two brave warriors, one must consider the level of training they go through and skills they obtain.
The amount of training a samurai received was determined by his social class. Sons of higher class families were sent to academies to be trained whilst those of a lower class primarily received their training from a male in the family. Training starts roughly around the age of 3. For a few years the child carries around a wooden sword in order to get the feel of it and practice using one. After that time period, the child is then given an actual sword so that he may protect himself. With this sword he received combat training, some of the many skills learned were unarmed combat, horsemanship, archery, and tactics. Their most famous specialized weapon was the sword, though their skills were quite versatile when it came to weaponry.
The samurai were the most respected amongst everyone in the Japanese society. They were the follow bushido, or "the way of the samurai" which was summed up by the seven virtues, Rectitude, Benevolence, Loyalty, Honesty, Courage, Honor, and Respect.
A ninja’s training, referred to as ninjitsu, begins when he is a very young boy. He is taught to embody stealth, agility, and martial discipline. Unarmed combat, swordsmanship, horsemanship, tactics, espionage, and spear techniques were typically some of the skills expected of a ninja. Ninja were known as the secret agent and assassins of Japan. Just like the samurai, a ninja had a variety of specialized weaponry, such as the nunchaku and the shuriken.
The ninja training diagram:
Practicing the principles of balance on a log propped up above the ground.
Practicing underwater breathing with a bamboo stick, this is for times in need of concealment where they must go into hiding to prevent from being spotted by an enemy.
Swordsmanship training where the ninja must predict how the suspended rods will swing back and forth in order to avoid them.
Learning how to throw ninja stars with accuracy.
Practicing survival techniques. In this case, rice is put onto a wet cloth and placed underneath a fire.
What is sort of like an interview is being conducted by the head of the boy's ninja to observe his progress.
A ninja runs forward carrying his mate upon his shoulders, once he reaches the wall the elevated ninja will leap from there. To someone observing from the other side of the wall, it would appear as if the ninja flew over.
Two ninjas hoist up a third over the wall, exactly like the previous except this technique had more force behind it.
A human pyramid that one ninja uses to get over a wall.
A ninja pole-vaulting over a small trench using a long spear.
Samurais and ninjas are similar in that they are faithful. If they were to do something against their beliefs or let down his lord he was expected to commit a ritualistic suicide. The way of the ninja was seen as treacherous by samurai, since the tradition of the samurai called for complete visibility. The idea that a samurai is so honorable comes from this. Ninjas would scale walls and sneak up behind their opponent but samurai made it so that they were visible to their counterpart. Sometimes they'd even wear a flag on the back of their armors to display their affiliations. Though these two were both warriors ninja were cast aside from the warrior class.