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The Dojo #5

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (4)

This lesson goes into depth about a fundamental of Ninjutsu, the art of deception. As Sun Tsu once said, "All warfare is based on deception." This even applies to one-on-one confrontations. The art of deception in Ninjutsu is called Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho.

The art of interchanging truth and falsehood, Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho, is used in more than spying and is also more than a simple "fake out". Instead of how in a "fake out" you try to attack the opponent with a fake attack so that they become vulnerable, Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho is much deeper than that.


To understand, imagine that you are your opponent. Your opponent is going to try to harm you, but he isn't going to just let you use your cool technique to finish him off. You can't just wait for him, what if your opponent if faster than you? You can't force the technique, what if they're stronger?


In Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho, you use Ninso to analyze your opponent's style, and get him to use a technique so that you can counter it.


Confusing? Okay, lets say I'm fighting a boxer. If I momentarily go into Hira Ichimonji, this will look like I'm "wide open" to him. He'll probably take that opportunity to rush in and get as many his as he can. Since he's a boxer, I know this will be some from of punch, so I don't have to worry about his legs. The second he moves in to punch, I drop into Iai-Goshi and his attack goes overhead. Then, since I am now inside his guard, I have many options. I won't wait until he's finished his punch to attack, I will attack while he is still wondering where I went. (Line of Sight)


Here are a only few of my options I've chosen one of each of the ninjutsu elements.:


• Roll under his legs. This sets me up for more attacks from behind. Void element.

• Punch him in the groin. Ouch. Fire element.

• Stand and headbut him in the chest. His forward movement will make the strike more powerful. Earth element.

• Stand and throw a rising elbow. Since I'm so close to his body, he won't have time to react. Wind element.

• Grab his arm as I stand back up and shoulder throw. Water element.

This attack would not have been effective at all if he'd preferred kicking to punching. In that case, you set a different "trap". You lure your opponent into using a technique, and then you counter it.


If you think you understand, post a scenario where you use Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho in combat.


The Dojo #4

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 7:24 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's Daily Dojo is all about grappling, known in Ninjutsu as Jutaijutsu.

First of all, with grappling, it is essential to find a training partner. Grappling is impossible to master without someone to practice it on because it directly uses the opponent's own  body against them, and to master that you need to practice on a body. However, even without a partner, a basic understanding of grappling can be had.

4 Rules of Jutaijutsu:

1. Get as close to your opponent as possible. With grappling techniques, the closer you are to the opponent, the more literal power you have. Also, this makes it harder for your opponent to get free by striking you.

2. Don't struggle with strength, fight for position. While strength will greatly help you grapple, like all things in Ninjutsu, it's better to get a good position. Once you are in the correct position to apply the technique, it is usually very easy to complete the technique. If you try to simply force the technique you will not succeed unless you are a good deal stronger than your opponent.

3.  Take your opponent's balance. Without balance, your opponent has no power. For example, it is possible to get out of a sleeper hold, unless your opponent pulls backwards and down so that you are leaning back and off balance. From that position, there is no way you can throw them, among other things.

4. Go for broke. Don't be afraid to take a position when you see an opening. When one technique isn't working, reverse it and go for another technique. For example, if you go for Seoi Nage but your opponent successful resists, you can duck, take their leg, and sucessfully perform Kata Gurama (shoulder wheel). You can even reverse techniques before your opponent begins to resist, as a form of Kyojutsu Tenkan Ho (Interchange of Truth and Falsehood Technique). 

Now that you know the basics, study various techniques. Most of Ninjutsu's throws are taken from Jujutsu and modified only slightly. Since Judo throws are also from Jujutsu, it can be helpful to study Judo techniques to build your technique repertoire. 

The Dojo #3

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Sorry, I've been very busy lately, so I haven't provided the daily training segment. Today, it's back.

Today, I'll talk about one of the fundamentals of  Ninjutsu: The ancient art of the dodge. Most martial arts lack the dodging skill that ninja have. Of course, there is always some dodging, but it seems a little... stiff. Simply moving backwards, the most common, if not only dodge I seen in some competitions, is only slightly effective. It has two fatal weaknesses.


  1. Since it is easier to run forwards than backwards, you can easily be overtaken if your opponent attacks multiple times without pausing.
  2.  You are still directly in front of your opponent, in their line of fire. To counter attack you will have to push towards them just like they pushed towards you. They will probably dodge, just like you did, by moving backwards, setting off anendlessloop of wasted energy.

There are much better ways to dodge your opponent. Here are a few:


  1.  The simplest dodge is to step diagonally backwards, not straight backwards. This simple change will force your opponent to change direction instead of just running in a straight line to keep up with you. While they are turning to try to face you again, they are wide open for a counterattack.
  2. The side-pivot. The key here is just to go from feet side by side to one foot behind the other, and let your body follow. This is ridiculously simple yet effective, especially against jumping or rushing attacks attacks such as a tackle or a flying side kick.
  3. Duck. This even works against most punches. But remember, it's faster and less predictable when you duck by bending your legs, not by bending you waist. After you've done that, just spring up like a jack-in-the-box and counter-attack.
  4. The side-step. Shuffle your feet sideways by first moving the lead foot to the side, and then following with the other foot. This works a lot like the side-pivot,  but it gets you more out of the way. The only problem is that it doesn't make it as easy to counter-attack, since they're to your side.

The Dojo#2

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 3:54 AM Comments comments (3)

In this entry, we'll focus on Dakentaijutsu, or striking.


Here are your tools for striking. (Watch the video at the bottom of the paragraph)

Remember, Sokogyaku Ken and Sokuyaku Ken are simply parts of the foot to strike with (the ball of the foot and the heel respectively), not strikes in and of themselves. The same idea goes for all of the Hoken Juroppo Ken (16 Secret Fists), they are simply ways to position that part of the body for striking. You can strike with them in many different directions.

These, as I have said, are your tools. Now, let me explain how to use them.

When striking, one must remember not to be tense and rigid, but fluid. This will allow you to actually strike much faster, strike more powerfully, and easily transition between attacks. when you strike, strike as if you are trying to hit through them. Do not withdraw your "tool" too fast or too slowly.

Do not just charge into your oppoenent, use your footwork (known in Ninjutsu as Tai Sabaki, or body magic) to move into a good position and then strike from there. Here are a few good striking positions.

1. From the Omote side of either arm. This effectively takes away the power of any strikes they try to attack you with until they move out of that position. Simply neutralize the closer arm somehow (grabbing, blocking, dodging) and theyn strike either over it (head, neck)

or under it (ribs, groin, knees, ankles).

Sensei's Favorite Striking Technique  from this "Harvest") Grab wrist, Step on back of knee, Chop the neck.

2. From behind. By using either a northeast or a northwest movement, you can dodge an attack that comes straight towards you and  then turn towards them, and end up behind. your opponent. If you manage to get behind your opponent, attack the neck (to disable) or the backs of the knees. (to topple)

Sensei's Favorite Striking Technique from this "Iron Leaves") Punch lower back (use Shikan-Ken) with one hand while chopping the neck with the opposite hand.

3. From below. Simply duck into Hantachi (one knee on the ground) and attack a low target, such as the groin. 

Sensei's Favorite Striking Technique from this "Leaping Tiger")

Jump, double upward Shako-ken to the face,  then while falling, double downward Shako-ken, to the face.

4. Extreme Ura. This means being literally right on your opponents centerline. You want to be between both arms, and as close as possible, so that you can strike forward but your opponent has to attack towards them-self, which doesn't allow any of ther body-weight to be behind their strikes. Strike as quickly as possible, never giving your opponent a chance to counter, back away, or grab you. If they do grab you, continue striking until they let go. Target the face, throat, solar plexus, and groin. All of these are centerline targets. when this close, use knees for the groin and elbows and head-butts for everything else.

Sensei's Favorite Striking Technique from this "Avalanche") Swing elbow into side of opponent's head, while at the same time grabbing their throat with Shako-ken. Grab the back of their head with both hands and head but them in the face repeatedly.

Daily Dojo #1

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 3:23 AM Comments comments (1)

Welcome to a new feature on the Ninja News Page, the Daily Dojo.

Here, each day we will focus on two specific parts of Ninjutsu, and you can give me feedback in the comments section. Think of it as a Dojo.

You can thank Moderator Fumasu for this since it is was his idea as winner of the photo contest.

Today, since it is the first lesson, we'll focus on the fundementals.


Physically, ninjutsu is based on footwork. I've explained each stance in the Advanced Ninjutsu section, but here I'm going to go more in-depth.

Here's a quick review of the stances:

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Now that you're up to speed, you should know that's only where we begin with Ninjutsu footwork.

The first thing you should always remember is that there are not 2, not 4, but 10 directions your legs can take you. 

Let's pretend the way you are facing is "north". That means moving forward would be moving north. (There's a good reason for this, just bear with me.) Once we've esablished that, we know you can go in 4 directions already.

North- Forwards

South - Backwards

East- Right

West- Left

Where do the other 6 directions come from? Well, like on a compass, there are intermediate directions to move as well.






These four are called the diagonals. Diagonals can make you literally twice as good of a fighter simply because they allow you to move in two directions at once. This is good for evading an opponent, because it forces your opponent to follow a zig-zag path to follow you. This often leads to them tripping over themselves, literally.

The next two should be obvious, but people often don't think of them. 




This basically means ducking and jumping. Remember, we live in a three dimensional world, so use that to your advantage.

In addition to that, you have two ways of moving compared to where your opponent is. These are the fundemental concepts of Ura and Omote, or Inside and Outside.

Imagine your opponent has a line drawn down the middle of the front of their body. Now imagine this line extends from them like a giant,.paper-thin wall. This is called the centerline.

Most martial arts (and opponents in general) focus on attacking the centerline. Ninjutsu breaks these boundaries.

Simply put, moving towards or through the centerline is Ura (inside), and moving away from it is Omote (outside). Ura is more direct, while Omote is more subtle, even invisible. 

Putting the stances, the directions, and Omote and Ura all together is the first step to mastery of footwork which is the first step to mastery. A true master of Ninjutsu rarely has to even move his/her arms at all. But when he/she does... just hope you aren't their opponent. 

100 Member Celebration!

Posted on December 8, 2009 at 9:23 PM Comments comments (3)

Yes, I know we've had 100 members for quite awhile now, but I was trying to plan a great event for the occasion. Here's what I've come up with (with help from our members, of course).

A Ninja Photo contest!

Simply send me the picture in a message on my profile.

The only requirement is that you mention the site.

The winner(s?) of this contest will have their photo posted on the site's home page and may also ask for anything else to be added to the site, (within reason).

Deadline is May 9th 2010.

Almost 100 Members!

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 3:28 AM Comments comments (1)

Ah, I still remeber the days when this site had only two regular viewers. Look at how much it's grown! I'm trying to think of some kind of special event to hold once we reach 100 members! Please reply to this post with your ideas.

In other news, I'm now giving private lessons via the "Ask Greeneyedstealth" feature. Just ask for the lessons and I'll give them through email. (After that, you can just use my email to talk to me XD)

Also, the techniques thread(s) in the forums under "What would you like to learn?" (soon the be changed to "lessons") are full of new information that will help you become an even greater ninja. It includes how to run like a ninja and how to decive the mind of your opponent. Be sure to check it out!

New Necessary Ninja Knowledge

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (7)

Many new things have been added to the site,all of them are things that are very important to know about ninja and ninjutsu. I probably shouldv'e had these here in the first place...

  • There is now a Ninja History page, that explains the origins of the ninja, and also has a cool show about the real ninja history of japan.
  • More techniques for training have been added on the Ninja Training page for improving your speed and jump height.
  • The Advanced Ninjutsu page now has ninjutsu kata. For those who haven't practiced a martial art, kata are combinations of techniques that are perfromed in a specific order, sometimes for fighting multiple opponents.
  • The Ninjutsu page now has instructions on how to jump like a ninja and climb like a ninja, as well as a sweet fight scene from one of the most realistic ninja movies I've ever seen.


Posted on August 4, 2009 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (3)

There is now a wiki page where you can add your own material. I hope more people use this than currently use the forums... Remeber, it's a place to meet and friend people, you don't have to be a master of ninjustu to use it :tongue:

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 6:19 AM Comments comments (0)

I found another awesome weapons site, and this one is for ninja weapons specificly! It's

It has Kusarigama, Kunai, Shinobi-zue, and more! All custom made for a standard price! It's awesome!

I'll tell you about any more awesoe things i find in the near future.




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