Hojojutsu/Nawajutsu

kenpo-1898                  I have always been fascinated by the art of Hojojutsu. Not a lot of instructional material has ever been produced, but a few years ago I came across a Kenpo manual from 1898 and lo and behold we have more reference material on the Japanese art of tying a prisoner (or your friend if you are into that!!). If you have never practiced any nawajutsu (rope art) I would suggest you learn a few basic knots first including:

2 half hitches

Clove Hitch

Bowline

Square knot

Timber hitch

As you start to get familiar, move on to more complicated knots and lashings, and even explore the fascinating art of Hojojutsu!

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Living the Ninja Lifestyle!

Words of Wisdom

Hello Ninjutsu Fans!

Taken from the Gyokko ryu, “Destroy the enemies power, but leave his life.” The Gyokko ryu states that when a fight is about to start, do not let the opponent win, but take him down with a technique that is only as strong as is needed.

Interesting strategy, can you utilize this in your daily life? Dealing with your co-workers, friends and family?

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Living the Ninja Lifestyle!

Basenshukai – Shinobi Iri skill

Three Preliminary Assessments on Opening Gates

In the matter of opening doors. In case where there is a lock on the gate, know well about the place and the details of the attached lock. Knowing the details will allow you to choose the method of breaking the lock…therefore, once you have decided to break into a certain house, know the gate and appearance, after which you will be able to choose the appropriate tool for breaking the lock.” – Basenshukai

 

toolsNinjutsu, Shinobi-iri or “stealing in” curriculum contains many fantastic skills and tactics utilized for entering into an enemy’s stronghold. As you may note from the Basenshukai, a locked door may not be a match for an ancient Ninja’s skills to overcome with the use of proper tools for the mission.
In the modern day, lockpicking should be a part of your training curriculum. Of course using modern picks and tools, I use a small kit I purchased from SouthOrd many years ago, and it has served me well!picks Purchase a few locks such as a Master lock No 3, to start practicing on and soon you will begin to see any lock as a challenge, and who knows what could be behind that locked door!

Be safe and practice on the good side of the law!

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Living the Ninja Lifestyle.

Gray Man Strategies

gray manAlright, it has been awhile since I covered Ninjutsu’s Gray Man Strategies and tactics, so here is a quick lesson for you to work on.

 

 

 

Clothing:

Upper body:

Focus on earth tones and stay away from bright colors that may make you an easy target in an Urban environment.

Belt:

Purchase a heavy duty leather belt if possible, the recent fad for the Tactical nylon belts makes you stand out in a crowd!

Lower Body:

The most common pants out there are blue jeans. Sturdy and they blend in easily in a crowd or in a darkened area.

Foot wear:

Comfortable shoes such as sneakers, loafers, low hiking boots. The idea here is again not to look militaristic or prepared for the zombie apocalypse…

 

See, I said it would be a short lesson, now go out there and start practicing!

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Living the Ninja Lifestyle!

Spotting a Psychopath?

Recently, I have been study various personality traits, to better understand and improve my knowledge and skill in ninjutsu choho curriculum,  and came upon some interesting material on Psychopathic tendencies. There are a few things we take for granted in social interactions with people. We presume that we see the world in roughly the same way, that we all know certain basic facts, that words mean the same things to you as they do to me. And we assume that we have pretty similar ideas of right and wrong, but for a small – but not that small – subset of the population, things are very different. These people lack remorse and empathy and feel emotion only shallowly. In extreme cases, they might not care whether you live or die. These people are called psychopaths. Some of them are violent criminals, murderers. But by no means all. A criminal psychologist has created the PCL-R assessment and it is based upon the following criteria:

  • glib and superficial charm
  • grandiosity
  • need for stimulation
  • pathological lying
  • cunning and manipulating,
  • lack of remorse
  • callousness
  • poor behavioral controls
  • impulsiveness
  • irresponsibility
  • denial
  • parasitic lifestyle
  • sexual promiscuity
  • early behavior problems
  • lack of realistic long-term goals
  • failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  • many short-term marital relationships
  • juvenile delinquency
  • revocation of conditional release
  • criminal versatility

 

Now I am sure that many of us would recognize these traits as socially maladjusted, but understanding the test and what it discovers is something for a later post as I must now go and exploit my psychopathic tendencies to expand my evil Ninja empire!!! (Bwahhaahaha (evil laughter))

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Living the Ninja Lifestyle!

How to Fly Below the Radar: Joel’s Top 5 Escape and Evasion Tips

Hello Ninjutsu Fans,

Joel LambertI enjoy watching Manhunt starring Joel Lambert. it is a great opportunity to pick up a few “tips” from an ex special forces trained person, so I can relate it back to material in the ninjutsu curriculum. The other other day I came upon this short piece below that has some pretty decent tips, so enjoy!

Just because you’re “the hunted” doesn’t mean you have to be “the prey”. Here are my top tips to outlast the chase and make it to safety.

1. Have a plan, but be prepared to improvise. Know that you may have to choose between survival and escape. Sometimes escape may mean succumbing to the elements—weigh the balance and YOU make an educated choice. Do not allow circumstances to control outcomes if you can help it—and do not allow emotions to derail your plan when times get tough.

2. Know your body, know the environment you’re in—and know the limitations and dangers of both.

3. Take every opportunity to hydrate and eat/gather food. You don’t know when the next opportunity may arise—and you might not have the luxury of stopping when it does.

4. Blend into your environment, be aware of the foliage, the wildlife, and animal behavior. Use natural vegetation and mud to break up your outline and to make yourself less conspicuous. Know when to go to ground, and trust your camouflage when you do.

5. Remember, three things will draw unwanted attention. Movement draws the eye, noise can give you away, and shiny objects can reflect light. The sun flashing off of a reflective surface can be seen for miles and miles.

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Ninjutsu Renegade, Living the Ninja Lifestyle!

It has Begun!

The immortal words from “Mortal Combat”, but what I am referring to is the countdown clock in the upper left hand corner of the website. Yes, the release of the new member’s section is coming on May 1st,!! It will be packed with information, and updated on a monthly or bi-weekly schedule with even more content!! I am pulling out old Videos from Japan, filming new ones on both traditional and Modern applications, new articles and revamps of some of the current Online lessons. Man I am pretty psyched up about this release, so much so that I haven’t been sleeping as much as I should , now alot of people have been asking about the Podcasts and the answer is yes they will be returning to this site as well as Itunes, but I only have so much time in any day so be patient grasshopper(LOL) 

I will be updating here on the new grand opening so stay tuned Ninjutsu Fans!

 

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu- Living the Ninja Lifestyle!