May 23, 2019

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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

Distancing and Positioning in Ninjutsu

  All martial arts have theories and instruction about distance and positioning. It is a fundamental that must be understood for all competent execution and instruction. Along with timing it is also one of the most challenging aspects for students to learn. It is complex and many subtleties exist. The level of complexity depends really on what you are trying to achieve through movement. There is a significant difference between moving in and disarming an assailant armed with a knife and blocking a punch or kick if that’s what your art teaches you to do. Talking about distance is not…

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Stick Fighting Ninjas

Once again, Shihan Roemke takes us to school, this time on the topic of Ninja stick fighting.

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The Real Kunoichi- Rumiko Hayes

  The best ninjutsu site on the web is undoubtedly www.ninjaselfdefense.com.    And within that site are offered the diamond-like teachings of the world’s most well known Kunoichi—Rumiko Hayes.  If you’re new to the art of the kunoichi, the site provides an elegant description of its most well-known representative: “An-shu Rumiko Urata Hayes embodies the elegant deadliness of the kunoichi lady ninja. A masterful teacher, she moves and dances among attackers twice her size, effortlessly controlling and frustrating them as her defense. Her native Japanese cultural understanding, health and wellness restoration teachings, and ability to coach people to fully actualize their…

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He Has a Knife, I Have a Chair

  Grandmaster Robert Law was the best I’ve ever seen at training students to use everyday objects to defend against knife assaults. This video about the June 3, 2017 London Terrorist Attacks shows why his ideas on these matters are so important to everyday people. Too bad he’s grown more reclusive as he’s gotten older and doesn’t have much of a public presence. Hand to hand against a knife is just stupid if you have an everyday object you can turn into a defense weapon. And yes, you can do a good job protecting yourself against a knife if you…

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The King and Queen of Ninja Innovation Hold Seminar in June 2017

  The husband and wife who are known by many as America’s most respected martial artists and the King and Queen of Ninja Innovation are holding a seminar in Boulder, Colorado this June.  Yes, Anshu-Stephen K. and Rumiko Hayes will be holding a seminar at the Colorado Boulder Quest Center.  You have to check this out and if at all possible attend to support An-shu Stephen K. and Rumiko Hayes in their quest to expose more and more people to their amazing art. Here’s where to find out more: June 2-4, 2017 Boulder, Colorado Yamabushi and Silver Phurba Taijutsu training.  Spread the word and drop…

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Disarming of Ninjutsu- Part 2 of 2

Grandmaster Hatsumi used to say this kind of stuff:  “Always be able to kill your students.”  Okay, now that’s more like a ninja quote. Now he says things like: “Humans have yet to dwell upon the consequences of their actions. People have yet to admit the bad that they do to nature, for example. Actually, most people spend their time finding fault in the action of others, rather than their own.”  Now he’s the Dalai Ninja. Why?  Why the change? It’s fairly simple, but an unusually astute perception and course adjustment by the most famous Ninja of all time. The…

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Julian Assange- CyberNinja or Cyber Terrorist?

When it comes to Julian Assange, no two people share the same view, but one thing is for sure- like him or hate him he sure has some CyberNinja moves. In feudal Japan, the Ninja weaponized everyday tools. So much so that it was hard to tell workmen from Ninja. Julian Assange has taught the CIA and other world intelligence organizations a thing or two about weaponizing information. So the question is whether he is a heroic antihero CyberNinja or just a hacker for hire out to the highest government bid. As always, you decide.

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Virtual Reality and the Ninja

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  Virtual Reality for the Ninja is here.  Time to celebrate.  Seriously. The decrepit yet honorable, dusty yet venerable, historical yet histrionically inadequate training methods of the past are about to die a long overdue death.  Ding dong, the Ninja training witch is soon to be dead. Who is he sneaky, elite assassin behind this?  I’m glad you asked because the answer isn’t a hired killer from a formerly unknown Ninja assassin clan- it’s science.  Virtual Reality training methods are on the rise and they’re a lot better than the old ways.  Any Ninja who doesn’t agree with me just hasn’t tried them…

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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 Shrinking Ninja

Boot Crushing Ninja

Editorial: Ninja were criminals, plain and simple.  Glamorized today in books, films, comics and in fan conventions, ninjas and pirates have become the anti-heroes of our age.  But both pirates and ninja were notorious lawbreakers.  They killed for money, they killed for politics.  They considered themselves outside societal rules and replaced ethics with bloody efficiency.  So the question is what value studying such behavior and tactics can be for those of us studying the art today. I’ve been told that we student study the tactics of hackers because hacking is illegal.  Really?  Now there’s a revelation.  How about killing someone with…

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