Silence is Golden
Silence is a valuable asset
. One's decision to live by ninjutsu discipline is not andshould not be public knowledge. Your first responsibility is to learn and practice ninjutsuin secrecy, and privately.
Never publicize that you are a ninja
. A ninja must be able to function as aspy, whichmeans that you cannot reveal your status as an aspiring ninja, or else no one will trustyou. Do not dress like the stereotypical ninja. The black outfits that most peopleassociate with ninja are a construct of Kabuki theater (although this has not beenproven), in which ninja characters were disguised as prop handlers (who always woreblack to minimize their presence while moving props on stage
When you do wear ninjaclothes, the idea is to never let anyone see you in them.
Learn the Ninja Way
Learn how to move stealthly
. Tabi boots are great for this, try and roll your feet fromtoe to heel. Become adept at social and physical invisibility and silence.Walksilently.Learn the appropriate clothes for the appropriate times. Do not stand out or draw attention to yourself in any way. Sometimes that may meanbeingsociableandfriendlybecause in the modern world, a person who sits quietly in
the corner arouses suspicion and is carefully watched.
Know how to escape
. No matter where you are, know how to get out of the situationas quickly and as anonymously (unseen) as possible. This is a critical skill for a ninja,especially when performing missions. Historically,smoke bombsand firecrackers wereused to create diversions, but you will have to devise more subtle techniques, likestarting a fight or switching off the lights. When you enter a room, always be aware of every potential (possible) exit, and have several plans in place for how you can create adiversion if necessary. As you escape, strive to leave no evidence behind, like clothes,weapons or fingerprints (wear gloves?). One way that ninja accomplished this in thepast was with
, or wooden pads worn on their bottom of their footwear andcarved to look like an animal's paw or a child's foot so that the ninja's footprints wouldnot be noticed, this was also used in WWII.
Learn to control people by words and non-violent influence
. Use people's desires,needs and wants as a leverage against them. Humans need security, wealth, pride,strength and to have their wants and needs satisfied. This is a key ability in most if notall events.