Bridge Movement I: Using Sound as Cover and Other Exercises

This first presentation of bridge exercises gives an overview of the basic climbing postures I use for moving beneath bridges for strength, endurance, and emergency preparedness. I usually perform these exercises following a 3 to 5 mile run depending on how I feel. These exercises are predicated on ninjutsu principles of stealth and physical fitness … Continue reading Bridge Movement I: Using Sound as Cover and Other Exercises

Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 and Preparedness): Networks I

https://youtu.be/ZCbk9phYrAY Chikamatsu Shigenori, the head of an 18th century school of Japanese warfare once asked a large favor of a certain merchant of Owari named Komiyama Soho. Komiyama could have been considered rather successful in his trade, for Chikamatsu asked him for 100 gold coins, a rather substantial sum during the Edo period. At first, … Continue reading Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 and Preparedness): Networks I

Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 & Preparedness): Climbing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoUphV1WZO8 (Transcript) The first skillset of Shinobi Preparedness that will be introduced is that of Climbing. We will first take a historical look at shinobi climbing tools and techniques, and thereafter look at the utility that ninjutsu climbing principles and methodologies may represent for modern preparedness. To begin, it is useful to note that the … Continue reading Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 & Preparedness): Climbing

Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 & Preparedness): Introduction

Ninjutsu and preparedness have much more in common than most would consider. As a Japanese system of feudal warfare, ninjutsu was performed during an historical period that predates electricity and the wide assortment of technological pleasantries we enjoy today. Throughout my years studying ninjutsu, I have been impressed with this idea that the life of … Continue reading Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 & Preparedness): Introduction

Operation Amadori II: Rainbird Assassin (Ninjutsu 忍術& Weather)

August 1, 1548 The torchlight flickers. A storm approaches. I fear the shadows this night may conceal. August 2, 1548 The sound of an explosion woke the rest of the men from their slumber. A great fire has consumed our gun-powder stores and decimated our supply of food. Despite heavy rain, the fire managed to … Continue reading Operation Amadori II: Rainbird Assassin (Ninjutsu 忍術& Weather)

Why I Use Para-cord for my Grappling Hook Rope (Kaginawa 鈎縄)

I started braiding my own ropes from 550 and 850 para-cord a few years ago.  There has yet to be an instance where one of these ropes have snapped on me, and I have climbed many bridges, trees, buildings, and walls with them. If you intend to start climbing with a grappling hook for neo-ninjutsu … Continue reading Why I Use Para-cord for my Grappling Hook Rope (Kaginawa 鈎縄)

Hiding in Trees: Mokuton-Jutsu 木遁之術 and Surveillance

This composition of exercises is not to be construed as representative of historical ninjutsu, but rather is informed by ninjutsu principles and concepts considered to be of use in cultivating preparedness skills and 'neo-ninjutsu' practices. Materials that influenced these exercises include: The Bansenshukai (1676) The Gunpo Joyoshu (1560?) The Shoninki (1681) For a better explanation … Continue reading Hiding in Trees: Mokuton-Jutsu 木遁之術 and Surveillance

Thief in the Attic – Grappling Hook Technique 鈎縄

The shinobi kaginawa 鈎縄 was used historically to hoist equipment into a high place (along with myriad other applications). Stemming from this initial idea, Shadow Work experimented with his own grappling hook to see how it may be used for the same purposes of a shinobi-no-mono (i.e. lifting equipment into a high position). The result … Continue reading Thief in the Attic – Grappling Hook Technique 鈎縄

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