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)

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

Covert Fire: Indoor Technique (Grid-Down Preparedness & Ninjutsu Principles)

Should you ever be without electrical power for a prolonged period, you will need a method of cooking food and sterilizing water without attracting hordes of desperate people looking to plunder your supplies. A covert fire is needed... a fire that is indoors, but smokeless with a fuel that combusts into non-toxic byproducts. With this … Continue reading Covert Fire: Indoor Technique (Grid-Down Preparedness & Ninjutsu Principles)

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