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

Facial Recognition Hacks

Is it really possible to get by facial recognition technology? Watch this video and you tell us.

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Knife Attack Speed

Here, Guro Danny Insanto schools us all on the speed of knife attacks. This video is worth watching because the speed of knife attacks is difficult to judge in the dojo. In the video, the master of the knife makes it all clear for us just how fast such weapon assaults can happen.

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Ninja and the MicroChip

The Ninja and the MicroChip has the ring of a good, futuristic documentary.  Unfortunately, it’s already happening, and gaining speed.  What does the mean to the future of ninjutsu stealth strategies?  Or, perhaps you’re too busy shopping for tabis to give this type of thing much thought.  Reenacting the past glories of Japan can be fun, but how about moving our art into the present?  Maybe even becoming the leading edge again the way the Ninja used to?

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Is Hatsumi Qualified to Teach New Weapons?

No, Hatsumi is not qualified to teach new Ninja Weapons.  Get over it.  Ninjutsu is not about Hatsumi worship.  Ninjutsu is an evolutionary art.  If you want to live in the past, visit a Renaissance Festival.  Watch the young man in this video and get with where ninjutsu is going.  If not, go back to polishing your nunchucks or dusting your photo of Hatsumi dying his hair.  He’s an old man, let the art he teaches live with dignity by encouraging it to evolve.  Spell it with me: SCIENCE.  It’s the real Ninja art.

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Jack Hoban 2017 Seminar Schedule

When you’re going to train, train with the greats.  Train with Jack Hoban.  Jack Hoban is a living legend.  Here’s his published seminar schedule for 2017: When:  January 14, 2017 February 18, 2017 March 18, 2017 April 15, 2017 May 13, 2017 June 10, 2017 July 8, 2017* August 12, 2017 October 7, 2017 November 18, 2017 December 16, 2017 The seminars start at 1pm and go to approximately 5:30pm. *In July we do the “STRIKE” training starting at 10am. The regular seminar starts at 1pm, as usual.Note: Please check back before you come, as sometimes these dates change.  …

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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 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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Ninjas versus the Machines

Repeat after me: Ninja stealth techniques are lame.  Hacker stealth techniques are excellent. What are both hackers and ninja up against?  Biometrics, for a start.  And think about this, no matter what glib generalities you’ll pick up in most Ninja books about he principles of stealth, they’re right out the window these days so just forget them and follow the hacker’s way.  For one thing you should get used to the ideal that stealth doesn’t mean stealth against humans anymore.  Sure there are the occasional case, but they’re dwindling in numbers year over year.  Now stealth is us against the…

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The FBI and Identity Biometrics

Biometrics

  On the FBI website we learn that: “A stolen identity is a powerful cloak of anonymity for criminals and terrorists…and a danger to national security and private citizens alike. “For the FBI, identity theft is nothing new. We’ve been dealing with criminals faking IDs for decades, from check forgers to fugitives on the run. But the threat is more pervasive and the scams more sophisticated than ever, including new online elements. We use both our criminal and cyber resources—along with our intelligence capabilities—to identify and stop crime groups in their early stages and to root out the many types…

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Drones Shame Ninja- a Stealth Lesson

insect drone lecture

It’s not hard to argue that technology in general and drones in particular are shaming Ninja stealth and espionage techniques. Seriously, why is it that cyber hackers and surveillance techs get more respect in the world of espionage then Hatsumi students?  There’s a good reason- they’re much better at getting results. Insect drones are a fine example. Two years ago, the gifted writer Patrick Tucker put out an article titled “The Military Wants Smarter Insect Spy Drones.” The first paragraph of that article reads: ” The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency put out a broad agency announcement this week seeking…

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