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

From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone

Everyone wants "ninjutsu" techniques. We want the tomae-nage throws, oni-kudake shoulder locks, powerful shuto, and powder spells that can put an enemy to sleep. However, according to the manuals, these techniques do not define what ninjutsu is. I know, I know...this point has already been expounded upon ad nauseam....but as I have also already explained, … Continue reading From the Shallows into Deep Water: Ninjutsu and the Path into the Shadow Zone

Be Like Water and Fill Your Own Cup: Dojo Syndrome, Disability, and the Martial Arts

During my stint of dojo training I was quick to become aware of the disparity between the physical force of a truly violent offender and that of a dojo uke 受け. In the dojo, training in violence was accented with the friendly understanding that a technique not be carried out with the utmost force achievable, so … Continue reading Be Like Water and Fill Your Own Cup: Dojo Syndrome, Disability, and the Martial Arts

The Spook Protocol and Its relation to ‘Democracy’

It is well-known that security agencies of the world rely on a system of classification and secrecy in keeping the details of their operations out of the public sphere. Each year, millions of pages of documents are edited with a redaction protocol, classified as 'secret', and withheld from our gaze to prevent the unprivileged from … Continue reading The Spook Protocol and Its relation to ‘Democracy’