True ninja techniques are taught in secret. Whenever a ninja invented a new technique, he wrote it down on a makimono (or parchment) and left it for future generations of ninja. There are some well-known ways in the western world to learn the basics of such techniques.
Method 1 of 4: Dressing Up
Step 1. Understand the style
The contemporary ninja is a variation on classic cinematic representation. Formal wear is all black with the face covered. When in action, the ninja is more of a chameleon than a warrior.
Many articles say that ninja clothing ("shinobi shozoku") should be tight to prevent it from crashing and making noise, but it should be comfortable
Step 2. Don't dress to be seen
You will need clothes that can integrate with the environment you are in. The idea of camouflage is to be able to distort one's shape so as not to be detected. Getting into a crowd like anyone else is important to the modern ninja. That means studying local people and adapting perfectly.
- Not getting noticed is one of the most important things for a ninja.
- Your nightwear should be dark blue and comfortable. You can wear a "keikogi" (shirt used to train martial arts) with a "hakama" (training pants), or baggy pants. The bottom of the "hakama" must be passed inside the "tabi" (ninja boots), which must be tied with a shoelace.
Step 3. Wear regular clothes
You don't need to spend a lot of money on a boutique to look authentic. It's not the traditional costume that makes a ninja. Sweater pants can be a good substitute for the hakama, with a dark turtleneck t-shirt or blouse and a balaclava, and that's it! Here is a modern ninja!
Method 2 of 4: Understanding Camouflage Techniques
Step 1. Practice "Nuki Ashi"
This is one of the techniques of "Shinobi Aruki". It's very useful to be able to move along an old wooden floor, the very noisy ones. Start by tiptoeing; Squatting, arms outstretched for balance, put most of your weight on your front leg. Move the rear leg forward, bringing both feet together, so that the ankles are almost touching.
Extend the leg you brought forward to feel the clattering boards. Then start putting the weight on the outside of your front foot slowly
Step 2. Use "Yoko Aruki", or side step
This is a technique for walking along walls and tight spaces. Move the rear leg towards the target location. Bend your knees a lot when doing this. In this position, move the other leg sideways in front of the other leg, also towards your destination. This movement must be very smooth.
Step 3. Practice "Ko Ashi", or "tiger's foot"
This technique is good for walking in thickets or water. Raise your front leg until your foot comes off the ground, position it where you want to step and lower your foot, stepping very lightly in the desired place. Once it touches the ground, you can position it normally.
Step 4. Squat
Perhaps the best method of moving is crouching, as this is more difficult to detect.
Step 5. Practice dragging
Doing so further reduces your chances of being seen and is ideal for crossing lawns and smooth surfaces. Crawling is not good for very hard surfaces like thick grass, dry leaves and rocky terrain.
Step 6. Use other cloaking techniques
When you're about to turn a corner, try listening for footsteps or conversations; if you're good enough, you'll be able to tell how far a person is facing just by listening to them speak. Press your weight against the wall and crouch down as far as you can to look around the corner.
- The lower you get, the less likely you are to be seen.
- When climbing noisy stairs, walk along the sides, close to the wall.
Method 3 of 4: Learning Combat Techniques
Step 1. Learn Jujutsu (or Jiu-Jitsu)
Jiu-Jitsu is the foundation of martial arts because it's a fighting style based on balance. A large part of Jujutsu techniques include using the force used by the opponent against himself. In these dojos, the first classes deal with grabbing and throwing the opponent and one of the first skills learned is to relax during training. This allows you to train longer without exhausting yourself, which is also a great skill for a ninja.
The principle of Jiu-Jitsu is to fight without weapons
Step 2. Find out where there are ninjutsu organizations
Some big cities have ninjutsu schools open for anyone who wants to apply. This is the best way to learn true ninja fighting techniques. The core idea of ninjutsu is camouflage.
A good modern example using this style of combat is Batman
Step 3. Learn from an instructor
While learning a traditional Japanese fighting style is better, getting any kind of training will be a big help. You can even adapt your fighting style to a more stealthy combat mode.
Ideally, continue training after completing the basic levels
Method 4 of 4: Using ninja accessories
Step 1. Use throwing spears
Hold the "Bo-Shuriken" with the tip facing the same direction as your fingers. Hold it between your index finger and middle finger. Use your thumb to keep the underside steady. Point your free arm toward the target, then place your foot forward on that side. Raise the hand with the "bo-shuriken" near your head.
- Bring the hand with the "bo-shuriken" down quickly. The throw must be so powerful that the spear flies from your hand.
- Try not to throw so hard that you lose accuracy.
Step 2. Throw ninja stars
Hold the "shuriken" by one end. Position your hand where the back pocket of your pants would be and pull it forward so that your wrist will be rotated from the bottom up and forward. You will need a lot of practice at this. Worry more about accuracy than about force, distance, or looking “quiet”.
Step 3. Wield a sword
There are five basic sword-wielding postures like a ninja.
- "Jodan no Kamae". Hold the sword above your head at a 45° angle.
- "Seigan no Kamae". This technique places the hilt of the sword at hip height, with the tip facing the opponent's eyes.
- "Chudan no Kamae". In this style, the sword is held in the center of the person, above the waist with the tip directed towards the opponent's stomach.
- "Hasso no kamae". Hold the sword sideways like a baseball bat.
- "Gedan no kamae". The hilt of the sword is at hip height, with the tip directed towards the opponent's feet.
Step 4. Use smoke bombs
Smoke bombs are classic for evading a place. You can make homemade smoke bombs or buy them from a store. Ask local martial artists if they know where to find a store that sells them.
- To learn "Taijutsu", enter a "Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu" dojo; "Genbukan", "Jinenkan", or "Toshin-do" dojos are also good as they are based on "Takamatsu-den Ryu-ha". If you can't find any such dojo, look for one that teaches "Koryu Bujutsu" (these styles don't teach "Taijutsu", but it's as close as you can get, except for the styles listed above).
- Many Taijutsu practitioners are black belts in other martial arts as well, such as Taekwondo, Karate, Wushu, Jiujitsu, etc. Having previous martial arts experience can be very helpful, but it is not necessary.
- The information contained in this article represents only 10% of actual "ninjutsu". The rest is secret.
- Don't go to public places in ninja clothes. You will be seen as a tremendous idiot and may even become suspicious to the point of having to go to a police station to provide clarification.