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.
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?
I trust the grappling hooks sold by Ti-EDC with my life, as I have put myself in situations which depended on their reliability and strength, and they endured. The below video is an unsponsored review of their grappling hook products.
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This interesting document delineates a number of behaviors associated with imminent terrorist activity.
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.
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.