Archive for August, 2011

5 Tips for Anonymous Living

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

NinjaA Ninjutsu Practitioner should be keenly aware of their actions and
how it announces them to the world. In the ancient days there were even several
famous jonin whom lived quiet unassuming lives, some even having multiple
families and dwellings to confuse their enemy’s, all while being active
espionage agents.

Within Ninjutsu’s curriculum there is a term, “mugei munei no jitsu” (No
name , No Art) I have taken this strategy and expanded  it to the Anonymous living series of lessons. Contained in those lessons are a host of ideas to make your life much more difficult to
track or to become an easy target of your enemy’s actions. Here are a few tidbits from the various lessons:

1)     Avoid placing personal identification on your
checks. That includes your address and telephone information.

2)     Don’t have items delivered to you on a regular
basis. Items such as the paper, or if you are lucky milk or groceries. This is
a sure way to tell if you are currently around or traveling from your home.

3)     Vary your routes on the way to and from basic
errands and work.

4)     Keep your schedule varied! Don’t fall into the
trap of always stopping for your favorite cup of coffee at the same location each

5)     Examine your daily habits and eliminate those
that make you stand out. Remember to be the gray man.

Yes, there are only 5 hints here, but they can become very
powerful in your life if practiced in a daily fashion.

Bufu Ikkan

Sensei Steve

Ninjutsu Blowgun (Fukiya)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Here is a pretty sweet video of the Fukiya (Blowgun) utilized by the ancient ninja warriors. Utilizing a common tool, or instrument for that matter, into a deadly weapon or unothordox tool to accomplish a mission, was decidely a very powerful strategy of the ninjutsu clans.

Bufu Ikkan

Sensei Steve L.

The Ninja Diet

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Many people are curious as to the diet consumed by the famous martial artists of Japan known as the Ninjas. Today, we currently acknowledge that the Japanese diet is considered by health experts to be one of the healthiest in the world. Japan, has one of the highest Life expectancies, and obesity has only recently become an issue with the infiltration of western fast foods. But as a subset of this culture the Ninja diet was born. From historical sources, we’ve learned the ninja diet was largely macrobiotic in nature and consisted of:

  • Brown rice
  • Sesame
  • Buckwheat
  • Tofu
  • Umeboshi
  • Seaweed
  • Various mountain vegetables.
  • Small fish (bones and all)

Living in remote areas, a ninja clan would often have to live off the land, augmenting their cultivated crops with wild edible plants, and game. This type of diet would be high in nutritional factors, low in fat or processing. All things that we today should be striving for in our warrior diet, maybe it is time for you to adopt a new and healthier ninja nutrition plan in your life!

Now this is just a small sample of the nutrition that a ninjutsu warrior would need to keep them in top fighting shape and in lesson two there is an expanded lesson covering the Ancient and Modern Ninja Warrior Diet, while in lesson 3 there are several recepies for delicious and nutritious meals.

Stay tuned here for more on the Ninja Warrior diet, recipes and much, much more!!



Everyday carry tools for the modern Ninja

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Ningu, or Ninja Tools, covers a wide array of specialized tools that an ancient practitioner of ninjutsu would utilize to accomplish their missions on a daily basis. Some of these items would include, shuriken (Throwing blades), tetsubishi (caltrops), metsubishi (Blinding powder), gando (candle spotlight), even the shinobi shozoku (ninja costume). Each of these tools was specialized and fit into the daily life of our distant practitioners (yes I do cover this area in great detail in the lesson sections) but these items may not “fit the bill” in today’s environment. Items such as high intensity flashlights, night vision devices, OC dispensers etc are what amodern ninja may be carrying.

So in today’s society just what would a Ninja carry as his everyday tools to help them survive in a chaotic world and if captured help him or her escape. Well, this is a short list of a rotating equipment list that I and others utilize on a daily basis, sometimes know as a Tier 1 level kit, review, absorb, and what is specifically your own!

Tier 1

1)     Multitool

2)     Lock picks

3)     Small flashlight

4)     Handcuff key

5)     Bobby pin

6)     Barette shim

7)     OC fog grenade

8)     Fixed blade

9)     Lighter

10)  Paracord

11)  Cell Phone


I hope you enjoyed this material, coming soon Kakushi buki (hidden weapons)!!!

Bufu Ikkan


Sensei Steve

Perseverance and the Ninja (Fudoshin)

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Fudoshin (Immovable heart), the enduring through trials and tribulations, both physical and or mental,that is what a Ninja excels at.

“The essence of the ninja spirit is fortitude. Perseverance of mind, body, and character. Endure shame, forget jealousy. The origin is patience.” – Shoto Tanemura


One trait that a ninjutsu practitioner must acquire and develop is in Japanese, Fudoshin, or immovable heart. This is the
endurance to persevere through hardships and continue on undaunted. Is this any different than the warrior elite community? Those members of the special operations groups and teams that put their life on the line each day, but not only this offered themselves up in training, only to learn that they could push through what they didn’t believe possible with their bodies and mind.

The Ninja or Samurai of the distant past developed the same trait and so can you. You must be able to endure even what the most impossible of circumstances might throw at you, and continue on. There is no easy path in any endeavor towards success, at times you must fight and train with a ferocity unbridled, and then the next day comes and you pick up your own sore and battered body to start again and again until you have mastered what you are seeking.

This is Fudoshin, the immovable heart of Ninjutsu.

My question to you is, are you ready to take that first step and apply yourself fully to a long and arduous path in learning and developing the skills within ninjutsu.

If you are, the lessons here will take you far, so start now.

Bufu Ikkan

Sensei Steve


Choho, intelligence gathering quiz

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Choho is Ninjutsu’s method of Espionage.

Choho, includes such skills as reporting secret investigations, political plots, unconventional tactics to accomplish necessary
ends, the recruitment and directions of agents, the establishment of intelligence gathering programs and networks, and finally unconventional warfare tactics. But how do you begin to take the traditional strategies and tactics and apply them in a modern day life?

Let’s give you a little practice…

Neighborhood Intelligence Gathering:

1)     Find out your nearest neighbors full name, birth
place and how many siblings they have.

2)     Where do your neighbors work?

3)     Are any of your neighbors active in the shooting

4)     Are any of your neighbors medically trained?

5)     How many off road capable vehicles are in your

6)     How many homes are alarmed or have dogs?

7)     List 3 different routes to and from your work to


Alright, just a few tasks for a budding Ninja operative to know about their surroundings, there will be several more of these pop quizzes
heading your way!

Bufu Ikkan

Sensei Steve