April 21, 2019


The Ninja Art of Invisibility -

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Throwing Stars -

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Everything is a Weapon- Part One of Three -

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Vanishing into Mist -

Friday, May 11, 2018

Escaping a Sealed Choke -

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ninja Invisibility -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Everything is a Weapon- Part One of Three

  With a growing outrage to take away firearms weapons from citizens, what exactly will men and women use to defend their homes during a break in? When my arthritic mother was in her late seventies, five men broke down the back door of his her house and took whatever of her belongings they could get away with. Fortunately, she wasn’t home at the time. But if she had been, I don’t like to think what could have happened to her. In her sixties, a gun wielding thug accosted her at a gas station by putting a pistol to her…

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Cellphone Jutsu

  Concealed and improvised weapons Small and concealed weapons raise many issues. They are not unique to any culture or country, and certainly the martial arts are filled with examples of small and concealable weapons. There are concerns we now face with terrorism where law enforcement have to content with concealed weapons in situations which in the past were uncommon. Concealed weapons among civilians are nothing new, especially in crime infested areas where weapons such as guns might be prohibited. People will carry such weapons to at least give themselves a fighting chance. In other cases they will carry these…

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The Art of Koppojutsu

  Koppojutsu translated as the art of “bone breaking” or attacks on the bones and skeleton, sounds very intimidating, as it should. Any set of techniques aimed at breaking bones is sure to be painful and likely crippling. The idea of permanent or long lasting bodily damage would certainly be a deterrent to any would be assailant or enemy. We are all familiar with images in martial art films depicting memorably broken arms and legs, with the enemy permanently and excruciatingly put out of commission. These images are not actually very far from the true results of this “art”. Anyone…

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The Future of Ninja Grandmasters- Part 1 of 2

  Are today’s Ninja Grandmasters already outdated?  Do they spend more time polishing their legacy crowns than they do taking the art in newer, more productive directions?  Can Grandmaster Maasaki Hatsumi devise strategies for dealing biometrics, or is he effectively retired? Do any of the current crop of Ninja Grandmasters accept the coming challenges of the machine technologies arrayed against us?  Let me put this another way, why is it that a twelve year old is better at manipulating Facebook than a Ninja grandmaster?  Is it possible that Edward Snow is a better Ninja than Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi? As students…

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Elite Ninja Dogs Detect Electronics

Ninja Grandmaster Robert Law was always big on dogs. His skill with obedience training borders on awe inspiring. Although he could train virtually any dog, he loved Rottweilers more than any other. He actually was able to train cats to guard a house. That would be a painful surprise for home intruders. But even Grandmaster Law, to my knowledge, ever saw the full potential of canine training as we see it today. The above video is relatively famous now, but can you believe how amazing it is? Dogs that can sniff out electronics? Don’t pretend like you thought it possible—you…

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Interview with Ninja Author Michel Farivar, Part 1 of 3

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  Dr. Michael Farivar is a local Cleveland practitioner of ninjitsu trained by Grandmaster Robert Law. He also holds a medical degree in psychiatry and has been featured in martial arts documentaries as well as holding annual seminars in Ontario, Canada and Virginia, USA. I recently had the chance to interview him regarding his perspective on the Ninja art, how it’s currently presented to the public, and ask him how he hopes the art can evolve. ∼ Staff Writer Cyril Jackson   Ninja author Michel Farivar, MD Q: What does ninjutsu mean to you?   A: That’s too broad a question, but in general I…

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Geijin Ryu: The Ninja Art of Grandmaster Law- Part 9 of 9

  In learning Geijin Ryu, one of the earliest experiences I had was fear that what I was getting into was a dangerous and potentially immoral path. I was a very idealistic young man at the time and it would be fair to say that I was afraid and saddened by the lack of consideration people have for each others sufferings in the world. This fear was counter-balanced by the belief that learning martial arts and using them ethically and only ethically was a choice that I retained, and indeed that was and is true. As a teen, I was…

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Geijin Ryu: The Ninja Art of Grandmaster Law- Part 8 of 9

  Grandmaster Law commonly refers to the Ninja Geijin Ryu as a “mind art”, explaining that one of the most challenging aspects is being able to understand it beyond the fighting skills and performance of techniques. Already the fighting skills embody principles that apply beyond their direct application. These concepts are not simple facts to be remembered, they are internalized as a way of being and doing things. Variously throughout the previous posts I have written about strategy as it pertains to Geijin Ryu fighting arts. Grandmaster Law has taught that Geijin Ryu is the main art of the ones…

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Geijin Ryu: The Ninja Art of Grandmaster Law- Part 7 of 9

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  Geijin Ryu uses stealth, concealment and deception at all times. This aspect of the teaching and training is followed closely and to a high degree. These are strategies embodied in techniques and general methodology. It is taught at Geijin Ryu, that in order to be proficient in these elements of the art, it is important to practice them all the time, not only when practicing the martial arts. These practices can even influence the way you live. They invite a way of thinking, and open the senses to environmental and communication subtleties that are not as clearly discerned without…

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Geijin Ryu: The Ninja Art of Grandmaster Law- Part 6 of 9

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  Building on earlier points that explain the need for freedom of movement, there is the fundamental aspect of Geijin Ryu’s system that all techniques can blend together. Every technique blends with every other technique. Grandmaster law has been adamant that this is the case because there are no stops or blocking in the movements. But why is this important and what is the relevance for combative application? There are implications on a number of levels, and as is typical of combative systems there are many nuances. On the most fundamental level it means that once you have engaged the…

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