You might see me, but can you perceive me?

" How to disappear (or sneak past your cat) like a Ninja, including - 7 Step guide to STEALTH. Learn why Black is NOT the best color for a Ninja and other mistakes wanna-be midnight warriors and soldiers of twilight make when training to be a Shadow Warrior.The "Art of invisibility" has always been a popular topic when it comes to learning about Ninjitsu / Ninjutsu or the Art of the Ninja,Who are these masters of the very hard to see?Who are these Warriors in the woods that look like leaves and trees? This popularity (of people either being invisible or disappearing) was brought on by the ever growing Ninja and martial arts films - not to mention the fact that it often serves as a realistic tool in today's excuse related system of business self-defense. The attention brought by the media and other forms of entertainment have done a fare share to expand awareness and help spread the need for being rather stealthy. For example: The villain in the movie "The Blair Witch Project" David Copperfield Rambo Great presidential candidates OJ Simpson. All of which were masters of stealth, invisibility, survival, hiding, and/or verbal claims such as, "I wasn't there." Let me start by saying, "There are no deep dark secrets about the art of invisibility."The above is true, even though it (being sneaky) may create an awe of mysticism in the eye of your adversary.Invisibility is the art of employing simple techniques and skills utilized in an effective manner in order to make one hard to perceive or hear. None of what you learn here will teach you to just disappear. This and all articles (outside of the story of how I survived a fight with 10 Black Bears from Yosemite) are based on realistic approaches towards training. I will not (and I hope you don't either) concern myself with black magic or concepts based on ancient history and storytelling. So put away the twisty fingers and the books on Kuji-Kiri and let's focus on some fancy footwork. If you truly want to master the art of invisibility, I would also suggest you throw away your ninja text guides to wearing black (which honestly isn't

even the right color for hiding in the shadows). And until you manage to track down David Copperfield - here are a few tips to improve skills in the physical realm. The first is to memorize (not mesmerize) my definition of being hard to see: To be invisible, you must not be seen or heard in a way that would distinguish you as YOU. Remember that forest with that tree that falls with no one around to hear it fall? You know, the one that ends with this question: If there is no one there to hear the tree fall, does it make a sound? Yes, the tree does make a sound. Why, because if you were there - you would hear it and you would say, "wow that was loud." Regardless of your presence or your perception of reality, the tree will always make the sound. The real question is do we define the word "sound" and associating that to our hearing. When in fact, the falling of the tree creates a noise as a fact regardless of the way we perceive definitions. This is another concept of invisibility. Both the theory and the tree remain elusive and thus invisible. You want to be that tree. Okay, let me take you out of the woods before we you get lost. The concept of invisibility means that you can make sounds and even cross within your opponent's visual sight, but you must not be perceived.So, you can be within your enemy's eye sight, in fact, he may even see you. However, because you have blended in with your surroundings, you are not perceived. Another example is, "Where's Waldo?" You may be looking for Waldo, who is well within your sight, but unless you perceive him, he remains invisible.Invisibility is the art of blending in, becoming an insignificant part of our environment and disappearing within it. Hey, this reminds me of high school. So, in order for us to remain invisible - we have to master the art masking any and all indicators. An indicator is something that would basically say, "hey, it's me and I'm hiding behind this rock."We mask indicators by developing our skills in the following areas: Camouflage Obviously you want to remain quite when traversing through the woods or a dark alley. The key to concealment is learning and practicing a few techniques of stealth. Camouflage is usually seen as green patterned clothing for use in a forest. Camouflage (whether artificial or natural) is actually any and all skill you use to remain unseen. This includes - sight, sound, smell and sense: Sight The human eye sees movement first. So, this is your number one priority, in order to stay out of sight, you need to know what you can do and what your opponent is trying to do. This goes for all your invisibility training. Here are the basics:

Don't be a jerk You need to lean to move with patience and fluidity. Jerky movements are easy to see. Also, don't go disturbing the peace in a natural environment. A flock of birds taking off is a sign that something is in the area. If you are heard - it does not mean that you will be perceived. Even if it is obvious that you are there. However, if you are seen - not only is it obvious that you are there, but your exact position is now revealed.What is that? Is that a big black head? Your visual goal is to remove the distinct shape of the human form. You will also need to pay attention to shape and lighting. Think of what might create a silhouette and know when you should hide, crawl, walk, stealth or run. What kind of uniform or outfit do you have on? Do you stand out or blend in? Are you carrying a big sword or what looks like a tree branch?Form - an opinion Depending on your situation, jogging clothes often make a much better outfit for urban invisibility. Why? Well, what if you happened to be revealed? A jogging suit is much more believable than the embarrassment of having your tabi (a ninja warriors split toed footwear) out in plain sight. For photographs and Ninja films the uniform portrayed looks great, but it is more effective to look like a fallen tree branch than a model for Ninja magazine. Colors for concealment In order to be invisible, it is crucial that you wear clothing or material that blends in with your surrounding environment. Colors should have the same level of intensity, brightness and contrast in order to remain consistent. Use the following guide. Night: Dark blue, black, gray or other dark color Country: Green and browns City: Gray sometimes blue Just because it is night, does not mean a black uniform from head to toe will make you invisible. That outfit will actually make you stick out and it will be easy to spot you when moving. Unless you remain deep in the darkest part of a shadow, a dark black outfit is not realistic. Remember, black isn't a very natural color - the sky is dark blue not black and trees, leaves and grass are usually made up of greens or browns. Also, a black uniform is limited to night work, while a green and brown uniform can adapt when the sun comes out.Remember, the goal is to remove the distinct shape of the human form. Color choices can help to do this.Movement

Always move from shadow to shadow, rock to rock, obstacle to obstacle. Other strategies and specialized body tactics are used in combination with your movements. The more you look like part of the surroundings and the less you look like a human hiding behind a bush, the more likely you will remain invisible.You will usually use your environment in one of two ways: either to hide behind or blend beside. If the area you are hiding behind does not fully conceal your figure or form, then it is important that you shape your body to look like that of your cover. For example: laying down in a field, crouching amongst rocks and extending your arms and legs along tree limbs and branches. Note that when doing so (aligning your body with that of an object for concealment) that you do your best to be in a position you can respond from. If you lay face down in the mud and can't react when an opponent is about to stick a 6 inch dagger in your back you will have more than just mud in your face. This ends Part One - be sure to read Part Two to learn more tips on how to Stealth like a master Ninja. Rick Tew Master Instructor College of Martial Science Article Source:

Ninjutsu Japanese Dictionary
Translation of all the basic Japanese Ninjutsu words in one place just for you. This is a work in progress if you can think of a good word that should be here let me know on

Japanese Words
Ichi - One Ni - Two San - Three Shi - Four Go - Five

Roku - Six Shichi - Seven Hachi - Eight Ku - Nine Ju - Ten

Aite - Opponent Anatoshi - Trapping Ashiko - Foot Band Ate - Strike

Bajutsu - Horsemanship Barai - Sweep Bisento - Battlefield Halbred Bojutsu - Stick Fighting Bo Ryaku - Stratergy Boshi Ken - Thumb Strike Budo - Martial Way Budoka - Student of the martial way Bugie - Martial arts Bujin - Warrior spirit Bujutsu - Martial arts techniques Bushi - Warrior Bushido - Way of the warrior

Chi - Earth Chi Mon - Geography Cho Ho - Espionage Chu - Middle Chunin - Mid level Ninja agent

Daisho - Pair of swords Daito - Large Sword Dakenjutsu - Striking, Kicking, Blocking Do - Way Dojo - Training hall Doko - Angry Tiger

Dori - To sieze or capture Dai - large, big, great Daisho - the set of katana and kodachi Daito - longer Japanese sword Dakentaijutsu - striking body methods Dan - level or degree of black belt Deai - initiatory action in combat Den - legend, tradition Densho - traditional scrolls (see also makimono) Deshi - student; disciple Do - path, road, way; motion; change Do Jime - choke applied to opponent's sides Dojo - training hall, place of the way Doko - angry tiger Dome - stop; arrest Dori - seize, catch Doshin - Tokugawa period law enforcement official

Empi - Elbow strike Eri - collar Eri Jime - Collar strangulation technique

Fu - Wind Fudo Ken - Clench Fist (also known as Immovable fist) Fudoshin - Immovable spirit Fudoza - Immovable seat Fukiya - Blowgun Futari dori - Held by two opponents

Gaeshi - Counter-attack Gake - Hook Ganseki Nage - Throwing the big rock Garami - Entangle Gawa - Side Gedan Uke - Low Block Genin - Low level Ninja agent Genjutsu - Art of illusion

Geri - Kick Gi - Martial arts uniform Godai - Five elements Gokui - Secret Gotono - Using natural elements for evasion Gyaku - Reverse

Hai - Yes Haibu Yori - From behind Hajime - Begining Hajutsu - Escaping techniques Han - Half Hanbo - 3' Staff Hanbojutsu - Stick fighting Happa Ken - One handed strike Hasso - Attack Heiho - Combat Stratergy Henka - Variation Hensojutsu - Disguise and Impersonation arts Hicho - Flying bird Hidari - Left Hiji - Elbow Hiki - Pull Hishi - Caltrops made from dried water chestnuts Hodoki - Escape Hojo - Bind, Tie up Hojutsu - Firearms Arts

Iai - Sword drawing Igadama - Caltrops made of spiked iron Inpo - Hiding Intonjutsu - Escape and Concealment Iri - Enter Itami - Pain Iaido - sword drawing way Iaijutsu - techniques of sword-drawing Ichimonji - the written character one in Japanese In - soft, negative, dark, female (yin) Inton - concealment and camouflage Iri - to enter

Jo - 4' Staff Jodan Uke - High Block Junan Taiso - Body conditioning Jutaijutsu - Grappling Jutsu - Techniques Jime - to constrict, tighten, choke Jin -man Jissen gata - real fighting; true fightingforms Jodan - upper level Jojutsu -techniques of the stick; stick art Jonin - leader ninja Jumonji -the written character ten in Japanese Jutsu - techniques,school,art or method Jitte - Anti sword trunchon

Ka - Fire Kaeshi - Counter attack Kagi - Hook Kaiten - Rolling Kaiten Ken - Open hand Kakusi Geri - Hidden Kick Kamae - Stance Kamiza - Shrine Kata - Set of movements Kantana - Sword Katate - One hand Kayakujutsu - Fire and Explosives Arts Kenjutsu - Sword fighting Keppan - Blood oath Keri - Kick Ki - Spirit Kiai - Focused shout Kikaku Ken - Head Strike Kinhon - Basic Kikaku Ken - Demon horns fist Kiriage - Upwards Cut Kiten Ken - Sword hand strike Ko Ashi - Small steps Kodachi - Small Sword Kogoroshi - Finger breaking Koho - Back

Koho Geri - Backwards Kick Koho Kaiten - Backwards Roll Koku - Tiger Sky Kokyu Breath Koppo Ken - Thumb knuckle strike Koppojutsu - Bone Smashing Techniques Koryu - Traditional Koshijutsu - Organ and Muscle Striking Kote - Wrist Ku - Void Kudaki - Break or Smash Kuden - Oral Techings Kuji - Nine Syllables Kuji in - Hand Posturing Kuji-Kiri - Protective grid slashing Kumiuchi - Grappling and close fighting Kumitachi - Sword practice with a partner Kunoichi - Female Ninja Kusari fundo - Short Weighted Chain Kusari gama - Chain and Sickle Kuzushi - Breal opponents balance Kyojitsu Tenkan Ho - Philosophy Kyoketsu - Cord and dagger Kyoman - Observation Kyu - Grade below blackbelt Kyusho - Pressure points

Mae Kaiten - Front Roll Maki - Winding Makimono - Scrolls Matte - Wait Mawashi - Rotate Mawashi Geri - Round Kick Meiso - Meditation Meijin - Master Metsubushi - Blinding Powder Meysubushi - Distraction Men Uchi - Strike to the head Menkyo - Teacing certificate Migi - Right Mizu - Water Mokuso- Meditate Morote - Both hands Mute - No hands

Muto Dori - Unarmed defense against a sword

Nagare - to flow Nage - Throw Nagashi - Flow Naginata - Halbred Naname - Diagonal direction Neko te - Finger tip weapons (worn by Konoichi) Nin - Endurance or Stealth Ninpo - higher order of Ninjutsu Nuki Ashi - Sweeping step Ninki - Specialised ninja tools

Obi - Belt Odashi - Long Sword Omote - Outside Oni - Devil Oni Gedaki - Crushing The Little Devil Osae - Press down Oshigiri - Push cut used with sword Osoto gake - Great outside hook Oten - Cartwheel

Randori - Sparring Rei - Bow Ryote - Tow hands Ryomune dori - Two handed chest grab Ryu - Scool or Dragon

Sakki - Intuition of attack Saya - Scabbard Satori - Enlightenment Seishin Teki Kyoyo - Spiritual Refinement Seiza - Kneeling Sempai - Senior student Sensei - Teacher Shaken - Throwing stars

Shako Ken - Claw Strike Shi - Finger Shihan - Senior Instructor Shikko - Walking on knees Shikan Ken - Extended Knuckle Fist Shikomi Zue - Sword Cane Shin - Heart Shinai - Bamboo Sword Shinken gata - Real combat training Shinobi - Stealth Shinobi aruki - Ninja walking Shinpi - Mysticism Shishin Ken - Finger Strike Shitan Ken - Thumb Pressure Shito Ken - Thumb Strike Shizen Ken - Natural or Body Weapon Shomen - Front Shoten no jutsu - Tree Climbing Shuki Ken - Elbow Strike Shurinkenjutsu - Blade throwing Shuko - Spiked hand Shuto Ken - Open Hand Strike Soka Gyaku - Toe Strike Soke - Grandmaster Sokki Ken - Knee Strike Sokuho Kaiten - Side Roll Sokuho Geri - Side Kick Sokuho Tobi - Sideways leap Soku Yako - Heel Strike Sokugyaku Geri - Toe kick Sui - Water Sui Ren - Water Training Sutemi Nage - Sacrificial throw

Tabi - Traditional footwear Taihenjutsu - Body Movement Tai Ken - Total Body Weapon Taijutsu - Unarmed combat / Skill with the body Take - Bamboo Taisabaki - Natural body movements Taiso - Body Conditioning Taki Ori - Breaking Bamboo Tanto - Knife Tantojutsu - Knife Fighting

Tatami - Straw Mat Te - Hand Teki - Enemy Tenmon - Meteorology Tesson - Iron war Fan Tetsubushi - Metal Caltrops Toamijutsu - Fish Net Skills Tobi - Leap Tobi Keri - Leap with Kick Tori - The one who executes Tsuba - Handguard on a sword Tsugi bune - Collapsible boat Tsuki - Thrust

Uchi Gata - Take down using legs Uke - The one who receives Ukemi - Breakfalls Ura - Inside

Wakizashi - Short Sword Waza - Technique

Ya - Arrow Yamabushi - Mountain warrior priest Yame - Stop Yari - Spear Yoi - Ready Yoko Geri - Sideways Kick Yoko Aruki - Sideways walking Yoroi - Armour Yubi - Finger Yumi - Bow

Zenpo Kaiten - Forward Roll Zenpo Geri - Forward Kick

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Silent assassins, vagabond thieves, master less samurai, and all round bad guy. That's the image portrayed of the Ninja in movies and the media ever since the Ninja Boom of the 1980's, and it's an image that's hard to shack off. Like most things that come out of Hollywood, they tend to go for the flashy, most over hyped parts, and then blow it up a bit more. You only have to look at the most recent World War II films released in the past few years to see that. Well the historical Ninja were just a group of people living in the Iga region of Japan, who didn't want to live like samurai. That appears to be their only crime. They created their own system of self defence, and strategies that enabled them to survive for over a thousand years to this day.These strategies are now taught around the world thanks to the 34th Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi. Masaaki Hatsumi has many personal students around the world teaching Ninjutsu, the system created by the Ninja, including 8th Dan Black belt Brian McCarthy, of the Bujinkan Brian Dojo, who teaches traditional Ninjutsu throughout Europe. Here in Portsmouth, Ninjutsu is taught by Andrew Thomas, 4th Dan, who has studied under Brian for 18 years, as well in Japan with the grandmaster. Andrew has been teaching in Portsmouth, Bognor Regis and Brighton, for 18 years, and has recently celebrated the 1st anniversary of the new Dojo location at Warrior Crafts in Highland road with two days of training and a meal at Rickshaws. Unlike nearly all the other martial arts, Ninjutsu evolved over a thousand years and is still evolving. Only recently a new throw was created by a student of the Grandmaster, so that he could throw a man much bigger than him. The throw is named after him. Ninjutsu isn't the system portrayed in films and television. In fact, until you've actually done some, it looks nothing like you would expect it to. It's very subtle, and it works. With Karate you can see the punches and kicks, in Judo you can see the throw. In Ninjutsu, we try to keep things hidden. Why let the person who has just attacked you know what you can do to defend yourself? The other big difference between the other martial arts and Ninjutsu, is that we are not a sport. Ours is a system that was created over a period of time to protect the people of a certain area in Japan, not as a way of keeping fit, and entertaining others. Does Ninjutsu have a place in a modern society? Yes, of course it does. No only is it a way of keeping yourself active the 33rd Grandmaster trained the day he died, at 82 but in this world with growing crime rates, protecting yourself and your loved ones is always a good thing. We can punch and kick, throw and lock joints, we can defend against weapon attacks, as well as learn how to use weapons such as the humble stick effectively. We can fight standing up, sitting down, on the floor, in confined spaces and in the open. We train to be able to operate in all environments, and to learn to perceive threats before they become dangerous. You can't expect to be good in a few weeks, but you will start picking things up. If all you learn the first week is how not to be hit, then you've learnt a very good lesson. A lot of martial arts give out grading's like sweets, but it doesn't mean that you have any real ability, just a nice coloured belt. In the Bujinkan Brian Dojo, you will only be graded when you have the ability of the grade.

This doesn't mean that you could walk into the roughest pub in town and take anyone on, it means that you can recognise threats, and avoid them. But what does Ninjutsu mean to me? It's more than a martial art, but I don't want to give you the old line, "It's a way of life", although to the Ninja of past it really was. To the 21st Century Ninja, it means more than that. It means training with a group of friends in a relaxed, fun atmosphere, with people from all walks of life from the taxman, to the Kebab man, to the masters degree student. It means learning how to move your body in a way that is natural to how your body wants to move. As an example of the training given, on the anniversary weekend the training was split into learning the basics on the Saturday, to defending yourself on the street on Sunday. Saturday was about how to move so that you can set up throws, locks and the sort of subtle thing that would leave your opponent on the ground will you get away. Sunday was about how you would do that in your normal clothes, with the restricted movement you get from modern clothes, to learn how to do all the things you did on Saturday, with less movement because you're wearing jeans. It gives you a new perspective on how you behave. We learn how to use the more traditional weapons such as the sword, and the spear, and how to defend ourselves against such weapons. For the 21st Century Ninja, this would be a chair, a baseball bat, or a snooker cue. If you want to learn how to disappear in a cloud of smoke like the movie ninja's, you'd be better off speaking to Paul Daniels. Movie's are movie's, real life is more interesting. To finish, I'll give you some wise words written on new years day, 1891 by the 32nd Grandmaster; 1.Know the wisdom of being patient during times of inactivity. 2.Choose the course of justice as the path for your life. 3.Do not allow your heart to be controlled by the demands of desire, pleasure or dependence. 4.Sorrow pain and resentment are natural qualities to be found in life. Therefore work to cultivate an immovable spirit. 5.Hold in your heart the importance of family loyalty, and pursue the literary and martial arts with balanced determination. Now does that sound like the assassin, thief and vagabonds of Hollywood? Home | More Articles | Art of war the ultimate strategy book for all martial artist | (c) 2008 Sitemap

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Throughout history there have always been small groups of warriors who have attained legendary status through their deeds and actions. One of these is the ninja; an ancient Japanese martial artist portrayed in literally thousands of movies, books and stories over the years. But these warriors didn't manage to gain their reputation without specialized weapons that helped them out whether they were spying, waiting to assassinate an official or trying to retrieve an item. Let's take a look at some of the weapons that gave the ninja such power. First, the ninja's sword. This sword was called a ninja-to and while at first appearance would seem to be just like the samurai swords of the same era, closer inspection shows some major differences. The blade was often shorter by almost a foot, to start with. This was because that while samurai warriors would set up long flowing movements with their sharp blades, the ninja was prepared for short and deadly strikes with little finesse and ceremony. Indeed, their lack of respect for the samurai way of fighting added to their reputation. The short stabbing sword also had a strange handguard on it – a square, flat surface that really didn't help guard the sword hand at all. That was because it wasn't meant to help you in battle. Instead, the ninja-to doubled many times as an instant step, allowing the ninja to jam it into the ground and then hop up using the handguard as a small foothold to gain height. Usually a string would be tied to the sword itself so that the ninja could pull it up out of the ground after climbing up or could reach down to retrieve it. Either way, this sword was a major weapon in the warrior's arsenal. A common sight in any good martial arts movie is the shuriken, or throwing star. The word literally translates into the phrase "a dagger hidden in the palm" and easily illustrates what these small sharp objects were for – attacking an opponent at distance. While the usual image of these items is a small four pointed star, many shuriken were also nothing more than small knife blades that would be tossed by the ninja out of the hand at the target. Often these were poisoned, making them a lethal weapon in the hands of a professional. A samurai lord sitting out in the field could easily find himself stung by an annoying bee and later fall into a coma and die, unaware that the offending insect had in face been a well-thrown shuriken tipped with deadly poison. The ninja's strength lay in surprise and invisible attacks, not straightup frontal attacks. This made them a valuable weapon in feudal Japan where various officials would use their skills to move forward in status while avoiding all-out war. Ninjas were stealthy by trade, but there were times when an alert guard or a mistake would cause the ninja to be found and chased by warriors set on capturing or killing him. Makibishi were often used by the ninja to try and slow down his pursuers and hopefully maim a few along the way. Caltrops is another term for these small triangular spiked items, common military hardware used up to the present day. These small pyramids would pierce the sole of a sandal or boot with ease, causing great injury and often death if the wound were deep enough and prone to infection. These could also have poison set on them, adding to their lethal presence. The ninja would toss these out behind him, hoping to slow down or stop any horsemen or guards chasing him. Ninjas were thought to have supernatural powers, making them both invisible and invincible. One of the items that helped increase the average person's fear of the ninja was the use of shuko to disappear at a moment's notice. Shuko were nothing more than metal bands that would fit across the knuckles with sharp claws

stretching outwards. This would enable the ninja to climb seemingly unscalable walls and trees with ease, adding to their reputation as invisible warriors with supernatural assistance. In a pinch, these shuko could also be used as deadly weapons, the ninja slashing and cutting the assailant with the claws as dangerous to the human being as they were to the tree or clay wall. But a ninja's job also entailed being disguised as a mere peasant or shopkeeper at times, sneaking around and easedropping on people to gain information. Unable to carry and wear many of the usual ninja equipment, the warrior would instead carry a shinobi-zue, or a ninja cane. Popular up to the present-day, this consisted of a small walking cane or stick with a blade hidden inside the main body, easily extracted with a twist of the top part of the cane. The ninja could also hide shuriken inside or use the hollow vessel as a blowpipe, shooting poisoned darts with uncanny accuracy at an official at great distance. Then he would simply snap the cap back on and walk off, carrying the weapon as he toddled past the guards disguised as an old man leaning on his cane or a monk using a walking stick to move about. Of course this popular idea has existed to this very day with sword canes and their cousins providing a way of staying armed while giving the appearance of being nothing more than an umbrella or a simple cane. The weapons of ninjitsu were created with one goal in mind, to help the ninja accomplish the task at hand quickly and efficiently. From a sword that doubles as an instant step to the lethal silence of tossed shuriken to the annoying makibishi their weapons helped the ninja to become one of the most famous warrior groups in the world. But this wasn't only due to their martial arts ability – it was also due to their skill in hiding themselves and their weapons in plain sight, such as the shinobi-zue. All of these things have combined to create the legendary reputation of the ninja, but none as much as their famous weapons.

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