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

Terrorism Case Study: Farooque Ahmed

On October 27th, 2010 a Muslim named Farooque Ahmed was arrested for attempting to provide material support to the international terrorism organization known as al-Qa'ida. Ahmed plead guilty to the charges and was subsequently sentenced to 23 years in prison. Ahmed was/is a naturalized citizen from Pakistan who came under the watch of the FBI following … Continue reading Terrorism Case Study: Farooque Ahmed

Infiltration Exercise: Bridge Crossing

I don't like going to gyms to exercise. Preferably, I would like to earn my abilities out in relative "nature". Now, climbing bridges is great exercise, and there are variances in body movement that can be used to cross them that can translate to climbing skill for other urban obstacles. For instance there is the: … Continue reading Infiltration Exercise: Bridge Crossing

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 48 Ninjutsu Schools of Dojun Ryu: Beneath the Sands of Time

So you want to learn ninjutsu? It is not as easy or systematic as you might think. Ninjutsu dojos of the 21st century advertise a system of self-protection predicated on ostensibly "authentic" practices of 16th century shinobi which gives the public an incorrect idea of ninjutsu - that it is readily dispensed and adequately defined … Continue reading The 48 Ninjutsu Schools of Dojun Ryu: Beneath the Sands of Time

A Common Routine 18: Unconventional Striking and Evasion Exercises

This is a compilation of various exercises I do to keep my body fit and mobile for potential altercations or crises requiring escape. A breakdown of the exercises goes like this: 0:16 I warm-up by doing cartwheels over a stable obstacle waist high. This warm-up facilitates a loosening of my lower joints while building the … Continue reading A Common Routine 18: Unconventional Striking and Evasion Exercises

Ninjutsu as Self-Development: Climbing Exercises I

Its not about what you do...Its about why you do it. I study ninjutsu to develop my inner world. I study ninjutsu to better understand myself. No matter how obscure your passions may be, the reward of securing self-development by pursuing them is not to be passed up. I have no masters, but the inner … Continue reading Ninjutsu as Self-Development: Climbing Exercises I