Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 and Preparedness): The Shadow Zone

Happy Halloween!!! While shinobi possessed myriad methods of igniting fires, it was often the case that their mission required operating in pitch black conditions so as to stay as concealed as possible from the eyes of others. They had to know when to move and how to move while relying on senses other than sight. … Continue reading Shinobi Prepping (Ninjutsu 忍術 and Preparedness): The Shadow Zone

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)

Infiltrating a “Ninjutsu” Dojo – Using a Shinobi-Kumade

There is a wealth of irony to this next exhibition of Stealth Technique. For a while now, it has been well-established within the academic community that the ways of ninjutsu are not often represented by the culture of "ninjutsu" dojos - for within the domain of such martial arts schools the elements of stealth infiltration … Continue reading Infiltrating a “Ninjutsu” Dojo – Using a Shinobi-Kumade

To Destroy a Dynasty: Yi Yin, Spycraft, and the Fall of Emperor Xia

The Shinobi-Hiden, a ninjutsu manual written in 1560, begins with a history of ancient spycraft wherein Hattori Hanzo (one of many) states that shinobi were "founded" during the reign of Emperor Gao of China's Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). In other words, the art of ninjutsu has its roots in Chinese spycraft, a practice which … Continue reading To Destroy a Dynasty: Yi Yin, Spycraft, and the Fall of Emperor Xia

Shadow Work and the Tools of Ninjutsu: The Kaginawa 鈎縄

"You should try to learn the use of these tools on your own to decide if they are good or not. Unless you prove their worth for yourself, you should not use them." - Bansenshukai (on the use of ninjutsu tools The times of the shinobi are distant. We of the modern age can hear but faint … Continue reading Shadow Work and the Tools of Ninjutsu: The Kaginawa 鈎縄

Stealth Gear Showcase: Stealth Technique

Responding to subscriber requests, this next exhibit of Stealth Technique is an overview of the gear he most frequently uses for covert excursions onto rooftops and beneath urban terrain. A few of the items exhibited may very well be a standard for stealth practice for a number of reasons: Gloves: First of all, the hands … Continue reading Stealth Gear Showcase: Stealth Technique

Eliminating Dogs: A Parallel Between CIA and Ninjutsu Techniques

Dogs continue to be effective security measures in deterrence of criminal activity and espionage. With superhuman hearing and excellent olfactory senses, a couple of good dogs left about a restricted area are sure to sniff out threats and raise alarm if someone or something suspicious is close to a protected perimeter. For a shinobi-no-mono, the … Continue reading Eliminating Dogs: A Parallel Between CIA and Ninjutsu Techniques

Shochu Kokorozuke no Koto – The Art of Giving Attention to Insects

This tradition, known as the 'art of giving attention to insects', is found within the Hoi no Maki transmitted to Chikamatsu Shigenori. Being that the Hoi no Maki is a 'Volume of Principles', one should be mindful of the principle inherent within Shochu Kokorozuke no Koto - that of Situational Awareness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9rPnqHkCEk&feature=youtu.be It could be … Continue reading Shochu Kokorozuke no Koto – The Art of Giving Attention to Insects