Transcript: As promised in my last video, this present piece will revolve around the 13th chapter of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and its relation to ninjutsu. To begin, I first want to advise anyone out there who has been actively training in so called “ninjutsu” dojos and/or those who have a genuine interest in the deeper secrets of the art you must know that the study of Sun Tzu’s 13th chapter, if not the whole of the text, is indispensable to your understanding of what a shinobi agent was all about. But don’t take my word for it, consult the historical figure of Chikamatsu Shigenori who studied ninjutsu (then called shinobi-no-jutsu) with masters of both Iga and Koka lineages during the 18th century. What does Shigenori say of the centrality Sun tzu’s 13th chapter holds in relation to ninjutsu? He says in the preface to the Yokan Denkai that Master Kimura of Iga with whom he studied, considered the 13th chapter to be source material for the highly recondite aspects of ninjutsu. Master Yorihide of Iga with whom Shigenori had also trained likewise regarded this chapter of Sun Tu’s text to be of greatest import to the art of the shinobi. In fact, these masters assert more or less that skills such as the creation of Yo-nin disguises, deception, secret means of scaling walls, and navigating rivers are actually very shallow derivatives of ninjutsu and even go so far as to claim the only text one must thoroughly understand to retain the fundamentals of deep ninjutsu is the Art of War. So, when we have two lineal masters of ninjutsu coming forward to regard Sun Tzu’s text with such high acclaim, going so far as to say its contents are the predication of deep ninjutsu, we must ask ourselves, what does this chapter contain? The title of the chapter is “the use of spies”. The title alone presages much about the profession of a ninja. At this time I am not going to be covering the full content of the 13th chapter as this video is intended as an introductory “lesson” for those interested in the deeper secrets of ninjutsu but do not know how to go about instructing yourselves. I advise that you get a copy of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and begin studying it.

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What is martial “science” and how does it differ from martial “arts”?

Creation and intuition is to Art what knowledge is to Science.

Creation gives expression to our inner knowing, and thereafter, science allows us to test this knowing with reality. You can’t have martial “science” without art first.

We are here to create first….then know.

Advice: Dont evaluate your worth by comparing yourself to others.

One reason why so many people become depressed and fall into the practice of self-sadism is because they have not cultivated a sense of self-worth. They cut themselves up inside for not being as rich, smart, fast, or strong as another. This is akin to burning your own house down because it doesnt look as good or have as many rooms as the one across the street. You end up with no house and lament in the cold..jealous of the one still standing.

Instead of cutting yourself up, cherish your ability to transform yourself and your inner world. To use the dwelling metaphor again: You can paint your house and build on to it to suit your own needs. The only person that has to live inside is you. If you push yourself out of your own being in a paroxysm of self-dejection, where will you live?

It is important that people learn to love themselves. Your internal environment matters more than the superficialities we present as a measure of success in society. You live in your own mind and will die in it. Why not renovate?

See document here

This interesting document delineates a number of behaviors associated with imminent terrorist activity.

Note:

Class A Indicators are, by themselves, diagnostic of imminent terrorist action

Class B Indicators are diagnostic of terrorist action when combined with other indicators.

Class C Indicators are minimally diagnostic of potential terrorist action, but may inform a deviant profile of a suspect when combined with other indicators.

The following text (in color) has been pulled from a document entitled “How to Train in Ninjutsu” by A. Cummins (he has provided permission to freely distribute this document). I have added my own examples of training to each point. This post will be updated periodically with videos as I fill in each area with real world experiences and examples:
SKILLS YOU SHOULD LEARN
The following list is a set of basic areas you should cover to acquire the
basic skills of ninjutsu, while each seems separate, when assimilated into one individual
person, the essence of ninjutsu can be seen. Remember, ninjutsu has no end,
Natori says that ninjutsu is running into the void, it is shapeless and adapts, you must “grow”
ninjutsu within yourself by tempering your heart. Use the following list as a guideline to your training and explore the endless areas of each one, creating ninjutsu within yourself as you go along. Always remember to separate what is historical ninjutsu from your own adaptation and the context you use it in.
Heaven
Meteorology
•I have begun my study in this area by purchasing and reading meteorological textbooks, in addition to learning the normal patterns of weather in my area and outside my state.
An understanding of the night sky and the constellations.
•At present, my knowledge only extends through a few constellations. Nothing significant to note here.
Navigation by the stars and sun.
•The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. You can also orient yourself to a relative north direction by using a stick and shadow method observed here:
On a clear night, look to the Big Dipper constellation and then veer the gaze leftwards to observe the North Star (aka Polaris), a guide to compass North. This star can be found by looking to the left of the Big Dipper.
Understanding the phases of the moon.
The Lunar cycle was once used in place of the Gregorian Calendar. Learning the phases of the moon will let you track the 28 day cycle.
Buddhism and world religions and how they affect people’s lives.
• Buddhism is the single most appealing religion to me, but I do not consider myself a devout follower. That said, throughout the years I have adopted many Buddhist precepts for their sensibility and practicality. I will share these with you at another time. Presently, I am reading Shingon: Japanese Esoteric Buddhism by Taiko Yamasaki.
Earth
The use of fire construction and fire transport.
• You may have seen my videos of unconventional fire-starting. While the historical methods of doing this are interesting, know that Fujibayashi himself stated one should adapt the principles of the old ways to suit differing circumstances. Therefore, learning to start fires in diverse, modern ways is aligned with the cultivation of ninjutsu. I have used an old grill ignitor in combination with isopropyl alcohol to start fires, and I transport my fire by carrying lighters and matches (and even flint w/ steel). If you want to stick with historical methods, make a donohi and fill it with char cloth. Don’t hesitate to learn the primitive fire-starting methods as well (i.e. bow-drill), the more skills you have, the better prepared you will be.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLDZH5zU7Gg
Wild camping and wilderness survival without a portable shelter.
• For this one, I have learned how to use cordage and a tarp to make a shelter. I have also built shelters out of forest debris, and have built a wilderness kit that can be carried on me at all times should I find myself in deplorable situations (this kit is constantly changing as experience teaches me). There are even methods of sleeping on the ground that can be added to your skill set.
Lock picking and breaking & entering skills.
•I have learned and can execute three methods of escaping from handcuffs in addition to other amateur locksmithing skills (i.e. picking locks with metal shims or bobby-pins). These skills have come in handy on a few occasions. Knowing how locks may be bypassed also increases your own security awareness (certain models of Master Lock I will not purchase because I have been able to pick them with ease- this is not a denouncement of Master Locks in general).
Trap setting.
• While not proficient in catching small game with snares, I do have a few techniques of ensnaring people. I will share one with you: spiked boards. You may have viewed these in my post on caltrops (tetsubishi). These cheap traps can be hidden among dead vegetation or laid out against the fence of a perimeter. Nails are better than screws.
 
Enemy camp Infiltration skills.
Underwater and swimming skills.
Man
Have a profound understanding of espionage, the study of spying should be your
fundamental goal.
The psychology of the mind.
The psychology of lying.
Linguistics, regional dialects and eloquent speech
The Japanese language.
Guerrilla warfare.
All forms of climbing skills.
Become proficient in rope work, knotting and single rope skills.
Memory games.
Attend an acting school or club to help with
Yo-nin
.
Knowledge of cryptology.
The art of eavesdropping and “listening in”.
Stealth and camouflage.
Signalling and hidden signs.
Scouting as a single person or as a party.
Tracking.
Weapon construction.
Firearms.
First Aid.
Logic.
Martial arts training.
Core strength training.

Why do I do these things? I’m sure some of you wonder.

I do them because for all I know, this is the only life I will ever live, so why not do what I enjoy doing? ( Do what you enjoy in life! Unless you are Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, and the like). Ok, well that reason falls apart pretty quick in the light of what may be considered virtuous and moral.

In this vid., Bob takes a few books to the face while I brush up on some open movements:

Man of sand has strewn his cities across the earth and sea.. Laughing at the gods so arrogantly as he tries to set himself free he says,

“I wont be ashamed of how Ive scorched the Earth..I wont feel a thing when the last crimson flower dies… I will to own the earth..the rain, the soil, the air I exist to question, but look what I have made of me.”

And so we climb ever higher seeking a tangible immortality, while building a technological advantage over each enemy ready to push the button any day.

As if to deny his contradicting nature man of sand still says, ” I wont be ashamed of how I’ve scorched the Earth, I wont feel a thing when the last crimson flower dies. I will to own the earth, the rain the soil, the air. I exist to question. Look what I have made of me!”

As the skies fall.. I witness eternity… Caught up in the expanse of the stars.. These stones lift the veil…

(your smallness has been shown and the universe is master of your will, how can you continue to offend the edicts of the stars?)

Still he does not accede.

“But I wont be ashamed of how I’ve scorched the Earth. I wont be ashamed when the last crimson flower dies. I will to own the earth, the rain, the soil, the air. I exist to question! (You exist to question?) But look what I have made of me! (Yes, look what you have made of you).

Historically, nusubito (or common thieves) were regarded as expert in certain elements of ninjutsu (i.e. infiltration, stealing, scamming, etc.). Studying ninjutsu for modern applications then, requires that we learn from the ways of thieves. By studying thieves, we can enhance our awareness of security -its bypasses and strengths-  and can better understand the mechanisms of criminal behavior. In the vid. below, armed burglars display a small few of their tactics for invading homes.

Notice how the intruders operate as a unit. Two of the three men take watch positions as the third kicks in the door. Two of the intruders are armed and all of them are wearing clothing that appears normal for the area they are thieving in. One has even gone so far as to wear a large rucksack which might serve to convince someone that he is simply a hiker looking for directions. Once the door is knocked in, one of the men stands watch while the other two burglarize the residence. These home invaders operated as a unit, implying that they are experienced.

The next vid. exhibits a two man team. One stands watch while the other kicks the door in. Goes to show that deadbolts don’t hold up against a well placed kick. What would have happened if someone answered the door? Answer: The invaders would probably have a pre-concocted story for the occupant and come back at a later time. If they are more aggressive, then violence could be expected. For this reason, I answer my door with tools nearby. The samurai of old would position their weapons by the entrances to main living areas for somewhat the same reason. Should an assault occur the weapon he was skilled with would be close at hand. Again, I want to draw particular attention to how easy it is for these criminals to knock a door in. As one of my relatives used to say, “Locks only keep honest people out”. In other words, do not rely on your deadbolt keeping intruders out. Bar the doors and windows, or reinforce them. You can also lay traps within (non-lethal of course) that will make them cautious or think twice about continuing with the burglary. For example, you could use Ashi Garami.

This last vid. consists of interviews with seasoned home-invaders. Well worth a watch.