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A ninja
You've seen them in movies and Japanese anime. But what exactly are ninja? A trueninja (shinobi, in Japanese) is not just someone who wears black, drops down from theceiling and slices everything into pieces. Ninja have been around since at least the 14thcentury, when guerrilla warfare in feudal Japan called for subterfuge and assassination -activities which samurai would not perform because they were forbidden by Bushido,the samurai code.
Ninja were employed as master spies, assassins and specialistwarriors. While some aspects of the ninja way may be outdated, the principles andtechniques remain valuable for anyone who is interested in espionage and deception.Being a ninja is extremely hard work, but the tips below will help you get started.
Learn the Ninja Way
Decide upon a series of ideas, morals and philosophiesand food that you trulycan live by
. Educate yourself on the history of ninja. For example, you might want toread Masaaki Hatsumi's book,
Secrets From The Ninja Grandmaster 
. Most ninja werefreelance mercenaries who used their skills to support their families. Some ninja,however, were employed by lords and government officials. And some worked solely for their own clan. The ninja lifestyle was diverse. You need to direct your lifestyleaccordingly.
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.
 Master self-control
. A true Ninja is a master of his/her environment, whichconsequently requires one to be in control of one's self. To master one's self, learn to:cut emotions out of the decision making, engage in rational and logical thinking nomatter what the situation is, make tactical decisions that may upset one's ego, findingthe flow of situations/problems and one's place with in them, make decisions for one'sown situations as if giving someone else advice. Applying these tips to every day life isa must, as it stands in the way of the mastery of one's self. If one cannot master self,one cannot master others, and their surroundings. Example: Engaging in physicalcombat due to provocation knowing one can defeat the threat may not be the best of interests for the big picture. Walking away while ridicule may hurt one's ego, but willkeep one in the clear of the public's eye from things to come.
Mind & Body
Exercise and maintain a ninja body
. This does not necessarily mean becoming leanand muscular; it means buildingendurance,agility,strengthand flexibility. Go for long distance runs, swimming, Jumping-jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, but most importantlystretch. Your body is a tool - as long as it can perform the functions of a ninja, it is avaluable tool. In fact, becoming too fit may be counterproductive, especially if you standout as being the only slim or muscular person in the room.
Feed your mind
. Ninja were often very knowledgeable. With knowledge comes power and this can help youbecome more resourcefuland also help you blend in more easily.
Practice Meditation
. Perhaps not traditional meditation, but meditation based oncomplete awareness of your actions. Train your mind to be completely aware of your actions when the need arises, for prolonged periods of time.

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