The Ninja The Ninja were considered the most devious and feared warriors in ancient Japan. For four centuries, Japan was in turmoil, locked in warfare. The most powerful warlords were protected by the Samurai, noble soldiers prepared to die for their masters, but there was another kind of warrior, the Ninja, who were cunning and ruthless and worked covertly. In Ancient Warriors, The Ninja we follow their art, their tactics, the manner in which they were taught to move and think, and how they were prepared to die rather than divulge their secrets.
The Shaolin This episode offers a real feel for the commitment necessary to be a member of the Shaolin in Ancient China: the dedication to ritual exercise as well as the study of the five forms of hand to hand combat required to become a master of kung fu. This unrelenting concentration of mind and body is told through vivid, re-enactments and a dramatic narration.
The Samurai In Ancient Japan, two of the greatest clans, the Taira and Minamoto fought a war to eradicate the other. Here we find dramatic reconstructions of the battles fought between them as well as a clear insight into what life was like for a Samurai warrior. The Samurai followed a set of written rules called the Bushido. They had to become adept with a bow and arrow, be able to use a long spear and halberd but above all else master the art of swordsmanship.