From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone (Part 2)

(See Part 1 here)

Stealth Technique first came to my attention back in January of 2018.

At the time I was very much engaged with my own pursuit of self-development through study and application of historical ninjutsu ‘densho’. My method was simple enough. Read the manuals, identify pragmatic principles, and then create a discipline through applying those principles to everyday life.

I had long since left the dojo culture behind, not wanting to bend my will to the direct or implied authority of another “master”, while certain that I would not find a teacher better than myself for the path I was traveling down. I remember thinking “I know myself better than anyone else. Who then can be more certain of my capabilities?”

I was not seeking to become expert in some martial art, I was on the path to cultivate power through exploring my own creative processes as I applied them fervently to principles of ninjutsu.

The principles identified throughout my readings, taken together, comprised a motif of stealth, silent movement, deception, violence, a strong mind and an able body. Due to my disability, I knew I’d be facing great challenges in actualizing that last bit (I have struggled with it my whole life though, so it was nothing new).

In 2016 I began training myself in parkour exercises. I had a routine of venturing to a park that had a number of buildings on which I could practice wall-runs and building transfers, flips and dead-hanging etc. As I got stronger and more into the concepts of stealth, “shadow work”, and violence, I started going there at night. Sticking to the shadows, I would make an effort to climb the buildings as quietly as possible.

These ‘common routines’ as I termed them snowballed into a 6 day a week obsession with self-training. After purchasing equipment for a home gym complete with weight machines, suspension ropes, a pull-up bar, mats and a heavy bag for various striking drills, I knew I was realizing a form of independence and responsibility for my life that I could not be taught by some “master” of any school or discipline. I was becoming faster and stronger than I had ever been in my life…and it was all because of me. It is this truth that continues to fuel my self-exploration.

What am I capable of? What can I create? How strong can I truly be? How far can I go? There was no system of rank, degree, or hierarchy holding me back. I was only limited by my inner potential and creative process…

Still, the path was eccentric, obscure, and solitary. Most could not understand it, and often they thought of me as a fool. It was as if everyone was taking a boat across a great channel, and I had the audacity to jump into the water and swim on my own. I can see why nobody would want to take the difficult path into the unknown when the world was so ready to provide a well- trodden path for you. But I hated the idea of following in someone else’s footsteps.

“This is the only life I’m going to get, so I might as well do what I find worthwhile.” With this in mind, I kept swimming away from the boat…further out into deep water.

I was a lone stealth enthusiast…obsessed with my own shadow.

There Are Others

One day I was surfing YouTube and came across this guy who was doing some self-exploration of his own – through his own creative process as applied to principles of stealth movement. This was the first video I viewed of ‘Stealth Technique’:

Conversations with ST revealed that he was, like myself, not proclaiming to be a teacher of anything. Our goal was simply to share our ideas and inspire others to explore their own inner world.

It just so happened that our interests overlapped in the Shadow Zone, a caliginous sphere of thought characterized by all things stealth with undertones of legitimate ninjutsu (intelligence gathering, infiltration, etc.).

It is this notion that I think is so confusing to people when they come across the Shadow Zone. They might think I am seeking to establish myself as some guru; a self-proclaimed “badass”; or a flippant “master” of ninjutsu…but this is not it at all.

I am just a commoner…a simple man with a keen interest of actualizing my true potentials as they pertain to creative pursuits. Ninjutsu just happened to lay over the bedrock that I started to build upon, and this is why it continues to be an element of what I do.

As for Stealth Technique, he has duly explained himself here:

I guess the point of all of this was to help Shadow Zone readers realize that you might be more capable of achieving your goals than you think. All that you need is the courage to negate the naysayers and learn to swim on your own.

It is an axiomatic proverb of ninjutsu that: “Shallow water makes noise, while deep water makes no sound.” There will always be people that will splash about all day telling you that their discipline, lifestyle, sport, occupation, is somehow superior to all else. But this is truly a subjective evaluation of values.

The inner voice within, the one that does not speak to anyone else but yourself…this is the voice of the deep. It will not sound unto others. It can only be heard by oneself.

It is this thing we call the self through which we experience the whole world…for this reason it is important to be true to yourself and stop wearing a shallow mask of how others want you to be. This has been the object of my own Shadow Work – to stop wrestling with those aspects within that are unpopular, chaotic, ‘unrighteous’, obscure, eccentric, and weird.

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

End Part 2

 

 

2 thoughts on “From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone (Part 2)

  1. Nice posts. I sometimes want to call this the path of the “Dark Knight”, since Westerners in the 21st century can’t really be ninjas. One can imagine “Dark Knight dojos” where urban survival and martial arts skills are taught, and personal sanctums (Batcaves) where they train and study. Let’s just say that I’m playing around with the idea, and you and Stealth Technique are inspirations and great examples of Dark Knights-in-training.

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