Mental Paralysis

Mental-StrengthHello Ninja Fans!

It has been a while since I posted a new article here, so I thought it might be a good opportunity to start focusing on developing a stronger mental ninja view to surviving and thriving in combat and life! The first is focusing on Mental paralysis.

Too often in combat the “loser” was stuck in a loop of mental paralysis. This lesson quickly extends to life in the corporate world and as a senior manager in a large organization I see this same issue at the corporate level.

Mental Paralysis has a few basic phases:

Anxiety – The stress of a new situation, problem, decision, or combat situation hits and the adrenal response kicks in.

Panic – The “oh shit” response is in full gear now, what to do next, have you adequately trained yourself to deal with this moment? I have seen this in action with a lost person where they just start running as they haven’t controlled the adrenal response.

Mental paralysis – Your mind running in circles, asking hundreds of what if’s, you are unsure what to do, some  just stop and sit down giving up all hope, is this you in life?

Failure to survive – Here it is without breaking this chain you FAIL to SURVIVE! This may be ok in a corporate or career move but in combat you are or potentially are dead.

How do you learn to change these phases? Well you have to break the chain!!

1)      Start training hard and under pressure each session. It doesn’t matter if it is in a martial arts session, running, weight training whatever! You need to push yourself beyond what you think you can do, it is possible but our brains don’t often cooperate so you have to take control and do it!

2)      Break the chain! When panic starts, breathe and control it, don’t run, face the fear and deal with it, move through it and you will come out the other side with confidence.

3)      Trust in your training!! If you have been training hard and long you need to trust in your training to get you through this event and any that may come in the future, you can do it.

So I started here with a little information on fighting through the mental paralysis, but this is not an easy task. It will take a lot of work on your individual part, pushing yourself, testing limits and finally realizing most limits are just something you placed in your mind but you can break this, it will just take some time and effort.

Bufu Ikkan


ps: We are on week 11 of the financial challenge, how are you doing?

Follow up to 52 week challenge

Ninja LifestyleHello Ninja Fans!!

Well how the hell are you all doing? It has been a busy time around the ninja homestead with the martial training, shooting and wilderness survival practice going on around here but enough of what I am up to how are you doing on the last challenge. You know the 52 week financial challenge, not everything here is about ninjutsu (or is it?).

You should have $55.00 in your account this week, so I hope you have been keeping up with this as this challenge isn’t about just the money (well yes and no) it is about developing the discipline to start and stay on a simple track, even if there is a small amount of hardship along the way. What kind of hardship could you run into taking on this challenge? Well, you might have to not buy that new video game or bag of chips you wanted, but instead you are learning discipline, and putting a few dollars away you probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

Training and life are not meant to be easy, you will get knocked down and beat up, but a ninja endures and survives and eventually overcomes the obstacles in front of him. How you choose to learn how to do this is why I think you come here and read and learn from this blog.

Over the last few weeks I have been traveling and training hard! I have had quite a few emails asking me about ninjutsu and how I practice it in the real world, and I almost always reply, I live ninjutsu’s strategies and teachings every day and in as many aspects of my life as possible. Yes, regular martial arts training, physical conditioning to do things others cannot because they are out of shape, mentally – through meditation (check out the facebook posts about meditation!), and yes even financially. I am doing the same challenge as you and I putting the money away as a sort of hedge against something happening and I need quick cash on hand. (Like this could never happen to anyone…need quick cash for an emergency) A ninja is prepared to deal with what life throws at him, and my question to you is are you ready to face it? Do you have a small amount of emergency cash on hand that you can tap into quickly.

Don’t think you will need it?? Well here is a quick example, my friends wife couldn’t get home from work during a major snowstorm but he made sure she was prepared for events like this, he had a small bag in her car with some toiletries, change of clothes and extra cash just in case. So she goes down the stree to a nearby hotel and guess what they only accepted CASH! Which she promptly paid and got a nice room to ride out the storm.

Back to discipline now, it isn’t easy and you will feel like stopping and giving up but persist have staying power! Do what is necessary to make each week’s goal happen. At the end of this year you will be amazed at the $1378 that is sitting in front of you as a prize!

Now get back to work, train physically and mentally!

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – Living the ninja lifestyle!

Musha Shugyo

“In the old days, musha shugyo was the way to cultivate reliable warrior skills in Japan. When there was a war, could students attend training at a dojo every day? Of course not. Training halls did not even exist. Teachers moved here and there as they were needed. You might have seldom seen your teacher, so when you did see him, you learned as much as you could from him in the span of a few days. What you learned from him in that short time would give you some suggestions for improving physically, mentally, and technically. These training tips were at best suggestions, and in the real fighting world, these student warriors created their own survival methods based on these suggestions.” – Soke Masaaki Hatsumi

NinjutsuThere have been many times in my years of training where I was alone or distant from my instructors. I would often fly across the country to live and train for a week at a time with one of my instructors. Now don’t think that we just went to class each day for a few hours, I am talking about getting up around 10:00am, eating, then hitting the pool for laps or footwork practice, stretching out, weapons practice, reviewing videos, books articles etc, sparring, lunch, dummy practice, off to class for several hours(usually more than 1) out for dinner, back to the house for more training, around 1 or 2 am we would head out for a power walk, then do more research and finally fall asleep around 4:00am (YIKES!) This went on for 5 – 6 days straight. Then I would come back, review all of my notes, practice each day, call my instructor with questions, get a partner or student to come over for practice and then just hammer away.

Over the years I have taught and attended seminars in several countries and all over the United States and I continue to do this on a regular basis. It is a great opportunity to train and spar with other talented martial artists and their arts. It keeps me sharp and aware of what I may have to face in a real world combative encounter. Each time I come back I complete an AAR, and analyze what went right, wrong and lessons and strategies learned. Always seeking to improve just a little bit than I was yesterday. The other day I was reviewing notes from a Pat McNamara video and I came upon this statement “ Think about you having a clone of you yesterday, and today you came back, and had to fight him, Could you kick his ass?” Well that is the whole purpose of this blog post…your personal musha shugyo and continuous improvement should be with that question in mind every day. Later this year I will be releasing my first publication in a long time, it as a heads up it will be about an individual’s solo training and how to use it effectively each day.

More later on this!

Bufu Ikkan

Airyu – “Living the Ninja Lifestyle”

A Day in the Life….

Ninja LifestyleOne of the most popular questions I receive is “Airyu, what is your average/typical day look like?” Well, first of all it isn’t average or typical, I wouldn’t be a ninjutsu practitioner if it was!!
Anyway, I figured I could give you a peak at what one of my days looks like:
5:00am – Wake up and hydrate
5:15am – Warm up and ready for training, that could be a run, bodyweight conditioning, weight conditioning, striking etc.
6:00am – Clean up, prep meals and snacks for day, review daily plan
6:30am – Off to day job, listen to Audio book, motivation etc
7:45am – Answer NTO and Facebook emails and questions, first meal
8:45am – Read one chapter or review one short video on martial arts or self improvement
10:00 – High protein snack and fruit
11:30am – Second main meal, review intelligence gathering sites
12:30pm – Walk the plant, stretch in office
2:30 pm – High protein snack, carbs
4:30 – 5:00pm – Prep for drive home, use audio recording device for open task list generation
6:00pm – Homestead work, dinner prep
7:30pm- Supper
8:15pm – Skill build (Lockpicking, escape technique development)
9:00pm – Relax, read, watch t.v time with family
10:30pm – Last reading session, hydrate, bed time!
This just happened to be what I did on Thursday of last week, but as I have posted before on Warrior Randomness, my schedule changes a lot! I often include prepping for new articles, research, class teaching, shooting skills development on the back yard range, projectile practice, family time, gardening, and a host of other items that are added to the mix.
The one thing I will share with you as a secret to getting a lot done is to have a plan each night prior to going to bed! It should cover what you need to focus on tomorrow, and at the end of each day what doesn’t get done moves on to the top of the new list.
Alright enough of me spilling what I do, why don’t you get off your lazy ass and get to training! (LOL)
Bufu Ikkan
Airyu – Living the Ninja Lifestyle

Grey Man Series #1 2016

gray manHello Ninjutsu Practitioners

Well, 2015 was a crazy year around the world and 2016 doesn’t look to be any better. From terrorist groups, hackers, and even the government itself, it gets more and more difficult to live a grey lifestyle.  Do not give up hope because there is to help!!

So for the first of several Grey Man blog posts, I thought I would start with one that affects everyone, finances!!

It’s time to take a hard look and see if you want to live a freer life than you have today , and if you do it will require some changes to your life and the first is your financial situation. Are you one of the masses who puts everything on a credit or debit card? Does all of their banking on line or via a mobile app? Well, this post isn’t for you! Or maybe it is!!

If you want to cut back your exposure to a visible presence you are going to need to start here. Every time you go online, use a debit or credit card you are creating a profile of yourself out there for others to tap into.

So, let’s start with a basic Ninja Grey Man approach!

  • Stop using your Debit and credit cards! These leave a trail of crumbs right to your door step, and an online profile that marketers and others can and will use against you.
  • Go with CASH! Remember the old adage – “Cash is King”, well it is. Most service businesses like you to use cash, many will even offer you a discount if you pay in cash so they do not have to pay the fees on credit card transactions. I was shocked on a recent visit through Laguardia airport, when I sat down and wanted to have a glass of wine, and pay cash, and my server said “we don’t accept cash here it is only via a debit or credit card, don’t you have one?” I said of course I do, but I want to pay in cash, so I got up and left.
  • Start putting a cash reserve aside for hard times. Just think the power goes out, major storm happens, or some other type of SHTF scenario and you will realize that cash is king, end of discussion. Keep it in smaller bills of different denominations, so that you can make correct change of need be.

Now, this is just the beginning so you may be asking how should I start a cash reserve? Well how about a 52 week challenge. Each week you will put an additional dollar into a cash bucket and at the end of the year you will have over $1300 dollars to use on whatever you please! Just follow the basic plan outlined below:52weekmoneychallenge


Alright, I think I have shared enough with you all, it is time that you need to make a decision and step up to the plate and take on this challenge!

Bufu Ikkan


Beyond Motivation!


If you are a frequent visitor here and on the Facebook page, you should know that I often write about motivation, to help inspire us all to achieve more than we think we are capable. Motivation is somewhat lacking in our society, too often people are swayed by negative motivational thoughts and have a difficult time pushing themselves to achieve more.

Now motivational words, pictures and videos are a great tool to help us, but there is something beyond motivation that even more individuals lack, and that is DISCIPLINE!

A key in becoming successful in whatever endeavor you are aspiring to, is being able to recognize that life is tough and will beat you down if you let it. Yet, staying the course, putting in the time and effort necessary to make small improvements in a consistent manner is where motivation becomes a shadow to pure discipline. You need to do things you don’t like, don’t want to, that hurt, or put you in an uncomfortable zone or position, yet you do them anyway no matter who is watching or not. Any ninja of old would put many of us to shame with the disciplined life and training they lead. Knowing you had to be able in a moment’s notice utilize your skills to protect yourself or loved ones pushed individuals hard, but the benefits were great as well. Look at the great warriors, leaders and athletes of yesterday and today and you will find that Discipline was what made them great.

I push myself hard, I also push my students, employees, and family to do more than they think they are able to, but yet I will be right there beside them. They laugh at me when I am up at 5:15am, in 15 degree weather, and go for a 5K run in the dark (actually they think I’m crazy) but then on the other hand they will complain that they can’t lose weight! I tell them straight out, I don’t want to get up early run or workout, but if I don’t push myself no one will do it for me.  Discipline is tough, it takes effort, and motivational material helps to keep you moving forward, but again that is not the “secret sauce” in your training or life success, it is Discipline.

Each day when you wake up, put a conscious effort into a disciplined regime of training and learning, and after each session you will feel the satisfaction of what you just accomplished. Revel and enjoy it, that is what will drive you further.


This year you may see the following saying in the posts and article here, as it is my mantra for 2016

Do the things that others will not do in order to have or be the person they will never be!

In order for this to succeed in our lives, we must embrace discipline.

Bufu Ikkan


Good Bye 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve Ninja’s

Well now it is the last day of the year and I have been musing on all of the posts, videos and podcasts that have been put up here since I started this site. As a ninjutsu practitioner I am never satisfied with where I am at in life and this website is no different, so over the next few days you will all be seeing changes going on here, don’t worry if the site drops off for awhile, because each time it comes back there will be a lot of new information posted here.

Now with that said, wait until you see the changes coming in 2016!! Here are a few I have been working on behind the scenes:

New Training Videos

New Member’s Section

Podcast will be back

Free special reports

Ninja Warrior Conditioning

Modern Ninjutsu applications

and this is just the beginning!! For those who didn’t know there were many software glitches that have occurred between wordpress and the membership software and then to top it off the video software changed and became non compliant with the site, so for that I am sorry my friends and everything is coming back together now so stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for what is happening!



Bufu Ikkan


Seishin teki Kyoyo – Spiritual Refinement



For a ninja to be truly effective they were instructed in various manners, to be aware of themselves, and this was achieved via Seishin teki kyoyo. The basic fundamental of this spiritual refinement was to be in the moment at all times, without anything clouding their mind the Ninja would be able to perform effectively. There are 7 basic areas that are involved here but in this brief article we will start with “Self Knowing”.

Self Knowing involves a deep look inward, and knowing oneself. What motivates you? What drives you forward, what are you afraid of? What are you weaknesses?

Sometimes this deep inward journey can be extremely painful, and not all are suited to know themselves to this degree, some cannot do this without a guide to bring them along over a period of time, helping them understand these critical components of their own nature. Others can do this with deep focus and concentration during regular meditation sessions.

As a basic exercise let’s start with a simple understanding of what motivates you.

Start in a comfortable position, and begin to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, each cycle count in your head as 1 and when you reach 9 counts start again at 1. As you fall into this rhythm ask yourself this question  : What motivates and drives you each day toward your goals in life?. Continue your meditation focusing deeply on this question, as answers start to come, remember them but push harder and deeper. After your session , immediately start free flow writing everything that you thought of. Over the period of a few such sessions you will surprise yourself with what you begin to realize about yourself.

Now how to use this knowledge, well that is another lesson to come!


Bufu Ikkan!

Airyu – “Living the Ninja Lifestyle”


Ninja Nutrition: Boosting your immune system

Alright Ninja Fans,

After a short break and way too much to catch up on around the Ninja homestead, I am back to posting new material here on the website. Now with Winter coming on and a lot of indoor time, many people tend to fall prey to the ravages of colds and the flu during this time, but I am here with some nutrition tips to help you stay healthy during the winter or hell anythime year round, and it all starts with a bit of healthy eating of the following items!

In no particular order my favorite immune boosting foods:

#1 Garlic

Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. It’s antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties help to not only fight infection, but to ward off sickness in the first place. Garlic contains sulfur-based organic compounds, which give garlic its funky order and help boost the immune system. Mince it raw and blend it with some chickpeas, olive oil and lemon to make a hummus, add it to sauces and side dishes. It’s a powerful bulb that’s sure to keep illness at bay.

#2 Miso Soup

Miso is a fermented soy product rich in probiotic cultures, which are essential for immune health. Approximately, 80 percent of our immune system resides in the gut, so in order to keep our immune system strong we need to keep our intestinal system healthy with probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) that help fight off all the bad bacteria. They also help fight illness by increasing the number of virus-fighting cells.

#3 Pumpkin Seeds

These awesome seeds are rich in immune-boosting vitamin E, zinc and essential fatty acids, including the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant omega-3. Vitamin E is required for the production of immunoglobulins. These act as our body’s own personal bodyguards as they destroy all those pathogens that try to do us harm. Zinc helps increase the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and T cells.

#4 Mushrooms

Whether we’re talking button, crimini or shiitake, mushrooms are amazing immune boosters. Mushrooms are rich in a type of polysaccharide called beta glucan, which has the ability to “activate” the immune system and help prevent infections. It regulates white blood cells and keeps them in a highly prepared state so they’re ready to attack any invaders. Mushrooms are also rich in vitamins, polyphenols, sterols and zinc, which all keep our immune systems healthy and strong.

Bufu Ikkan


PS: Stay tuned for changes going on here at the site!!