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

Shadow Work: How to Learn the ‘Shadow Arts’

The ways of modern and historical "shadow" agents are not typically dispensed in a format available to the general public. This is understandable as modern shadow agencies continue to secret away the technical capabilities and operations of their agents (much like the kuden 'redactions' of ancient Japanese ninjutsu manuals) in order to keep their enemies in … Continue reading Shadow Work: How to Learn the ‘Shadow Arts’

Crossbow: ‘Stealth Weapon’

Crossbows may be slow to reload, but they are 'stealth weapons' nonetheless that should be respected for the sheer deadliness they can project. The crossbow used in this next exhibit boasts a 170lb. pull. It is slow to reload but quieter than non-supressed firearms. A single bolt to the head or vital organ can neutralize … Continue reading Crossbow: ‘Stealth Weapon’

Innin-jutsu Training: How Geocaching is a Tool to Developing this Skill

Geocaching is an activity that involves searching via GPS for a 'cache' placed by anonymous other persons (geocachers). The caches range in size, shape, and contents and even for the casual participant a certain amount of secrecy and discretion must be exercised when approaching a cache to prevent 'unauthorized' access and knowledge of the cache … Continue reading Innin-jutsu Training: How Geocaching is a Tool to Developing this Skill

The Snake Choker: Pain Compliance Tool

Somewhat similar by way of effecting technical applications of the Kusari Fundo 鎖分銅 of Ninjutsu, the Snake Choker is a Shadow Work invention that can be used to incapacitate or gain compliance with a target through inducing moderate to extreme pain (as well as strangulation). The device is constructed from 850 paracord using chains of snake-knots … Continue reading The Snake Choker: Pain Compliance Tool

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

Ninjutsu Firecraft: What the History of Shinobi Firecraft Can Teach Us

You won't know how important fire-craft skills are until you are smack in the midst of an emergency situation that demands a quick fire. With knowledge of the many viable uses for fire, especially those for an emergency, one would feel compelled to at least carry around a lighter on a day by day basis. … Continue reading Ninjutsu Firecraft: What the History of Shinobi Firecraft Can Teach Us

Fukiya Training I & II (Rattlesnake Venom?)

One projectile weapon of ninjutsu that has an appealing capability of lodging poison directly into an opponent's bloodstream is the shinobi fukiya (吹き矢), the traditional Japanese version of a blowgun. It has been said that shinobi assassins were adept at firing fukibari (the darts of the blowgun) into the targeted enemy from a concealed position, … Continue reading Fukiya Training I & II (Rattlesnake Venom?)