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Then, pushing off with a rear leg, the Ninja throws both hands upward toward the enemy's face as he stands, launching the sand into his eyes. This technique is so effective that even if no powder or sand is thrown, the enemy will still flinch in an instinctive reaction to protect the eyes. This technique permits the agent either to strike while the enemy is blinded and at a disadvantage, or to disappear.

Editor's Note: This is the first of several techniques practiced and used by the Ninja to temporarily blind an opponent so an escape can be effected. Such a tactic would be considered "dishonorable" to a Samurai, and a "dirty trick" by most fighters. The Ninja, on the other hand, fall back on the old adage that, "All's fair in love and war." And seek to end the conflict with as little violence as possible. For that reason they developed an entire fighting system based on stealth, misdirection, and escape. Including the primitive manufacture of Metsubishi-Ko, or "black eggs," filled with various "blinding powders" such as Cayenne pepper, metal filings, ashes and dust, that could be easily cracked open and thrown at an attacker. The Mi Lu Kata are the only practice forms known to man that include the practice of this simple and effective self defense technique.

Black Sand The Eyes

MI LU STEP (PIVOT)

APPLICATION OF MI LU STEP

MI LU STEP (PIVOT)

APPLICATION OF MI LU STEP

The principle of getting behind the enemy in order to be invisible to him is another example of the angle method. The enemy cannot hit what he cannot see. This step is one way of turning the corner to evade the enemy attack. From the previous position with the right foot forward, take one full step straight ahead with arms raised for balance. When performed in combat this will place you shoulder to shoulder with the enemy, facing in opposite directions.

The Ninja has stepped through the narrow gap between himself and the enemy while pivoting on the ball of the lead foot and is now halfway behind the enemy. In order to pass his enemy, he has turned his back during the second in which the enemy's eyes were closed by his instinctive blinking at the sand or pebbles thrown in his face.

Black Sand The Eyes

From the previous pose, pivot clock- The Ninja has stepped behind the enemy into a modi-

wise on the toes of the left foot, bring- fied Horse Stance and strikes the enemy behind the ear ing the right foot near the left ankle with a sharp Shuto, or Sword Hand Blow, to render without setting it down. Step out to the him senseless. His shoulders are now square to those right with the right foot into a horse of the adversary and they are facing in the same direc-

stance for balance, and bring the arms tion. When fighting more than one opponent, this is up, either defensively or to strike the useful in providing a "Human Shield" between your-

enemy from behind. This is sometimes self and any remaining attackers. known as the boxing step, or the hsiao pu, ("melting/vanishing step"). It places the practitioner belly to back with the enemy.

SCRAPING SIDEKICK

APPLICATION OF SCRAPING SIDEKICK

SCRAPING SIDEKICK

APPLICATION OF SCRAPING SIDEKICK

Following the previous technique, you axe once again facing in the original starting direction. Strike out directly to the side. For instance, if you began facing north, this kick is aimed west. This is a low sidekick, intended to strike the enemy's leg just below the knee with the edge of the foot. This is a crippling blow in itself, but the Ninja adds to its effectiveness by falling forward with the kick so the blade of the foot scrapes painfully down the enemy's shin and the heel stamps down hard on the instep.

In this illustration, the enemy has been trapped by the Ninja's weight. This technique exemplifies the misdirection method, forcing the enemy to direct his attention to his foot, down and away from the intended target, his head. Note that the lead hand is carried low, in preparation for the Backfist strike, and that the Ninja continues to lean away from the enemy as well as keep his lead shoulder toward him, to present as small a target as possible.

Shin Scrape Strike

BACKFIST

APPLICATION OF BACKFIST

BACKFIST

APPLICATION OF BACKFIST

With the enemy's foot pinned to the ground, effectively trapping him to the spot, the Ninja whips out his leading hand to strike the enemy at the base of the skull with the back of the first two knuckles. This is a quick, snappy action designed to produce a sharp blow to the skull and stun the opponent. This is an easy punch to learn and is so effective and sneaky that it is illegal in Western boxing.

When the enemy looks down, the Ninja shifts his weight over the forward leg to immobilize him and lashes out with the Backfist strike. The rear hand remains near solar plexus level in a defensive mode. This technique works almost every time, but only once per opponent.

APPLICATION OF DOUBLE BLOCK

DOUBLE BLOCK

APPLICATION OF DOUBLE BLOCK

At the end of the previous posture, you were facing forward, or north, in a wide horse stance, looking west, or to the left. In kata it is presumed that the next attacker steps up quickly, approaching perpendicular to your line of balance (an imaginary line running between the soles of the feet). A force acting along this line, from the side for example, has little effect; a force acting at 90 degrees to this line can easily push you over backward. This is a quick block covering a large area, using the arms alone.

The left arm forms Chudan, the middle block, as the right simultaneously performs Gedan, the down block. This protects everything from the eyebrows to the groin, and clears the centerline of any incoming attack. This movement is designed to give you a second to retreat from or advance toward a head-on attack.

COIN TOSS

APPLICATION OF COIN TOSS

COIN TOSS

APPLICATION OF COIN TOSS

The Ninja were always lovers of peace, even in feudal times. When confronted by bandits on the road, they would sometimes resort to tossing a small bag of coins to the thief as a token payment. This "road tax" was cheap if it saved a fight. When the Ninja were being chased, the same stratagem often stopped less than enthusiastic guards, or caused passersby to impede the pursuit in their efforts to grab a few coins thrown into a crowd. Such a purse or pouch was often carried on the hip at waist level, where it could easily be pulled free.

In the kata, this action begins by showing the coins in the open palm as you step back with the left foot. Once the enemy's attention is on the bag, throw it, or the loose coins, upward into his face. This will cause him to blink, thus representing both the blinding and psychological methods. This move is equally effective when done as a single-hand sand throw, in which instance the hand would be closed until the toss.

As the enemy nears, the Ninja steps back to maintain the gap between himself and the enemy and stay out of range.

At the same time, his right hand reaches across to the left hip and takes hold of the "coin purse." In the field, this may take the form of any easily opened container filled with powder, sand, or metal filings.

Then the Ninja whips his palm upward and out to cast the coins or blinding powder into the enemy's face. A little practice with a handful of flour can make a warrior out of anyone. Again, this illustrates the blinding method in solo application. This is an extremely dirty trick which, if it fails, is almost certain to incite the enemy to fury and rage.

Editor's Note: Throwing sand in the eyes of the enemy is the hallmark of Ninjitsu. It is a simple technique developed by nonviolent priests who knew the value of human life and can be learned by anyone without practice as an effective means of self defense. The great advantage provided by this technique enables even the small, frail, or weak to overcome any attacker, regardless of size, physical strength or superior numbers. Ninjitsu, the Art of Invisibility, fulfills the promise made by all martial arts, without the years of grueling practice and obescience to sometimes brutal teachers. The motto of the Ninja is "Train yourself and be your own master." Rather than "Live and die by your duty and honor." Ninja were most often peaceful peasants, content to live in harmony with Nature, until attacked. Glory, honor, duty, all mean little to a man concerned with family, culture, and peace. Knowing that all war is futile, the Ninja overcame the enemy quickly and quietly, invisibly. And all of the principles of their strategies and tactics are contained within these practice forms.

SPIN BACKFIST

APPLICATION OF THE CROSS STEP

SPIN BACKFIST

APPLICATION OF THE CROSS STEP

This is one of the most devastating strikes in Ninjitsu. It is often seen even in the professional kick-boxing ring. From the cross-leg stance, pivot quickly on the balls of both feet, spinning 180 degrees to the rear. As you turn, move the head more swiftly than the body to sight in on the target; load the right elbow across the chest at shoulder level. If you are too close, strike with the elbow; if not, snap out the fist.

In application against a single opponent, the Ninja closes the gap between the combatants by lashing out with his Backfist While surreptitiously Cross-Stepping in back, out of sight of the enemy. If begun from long range, the enemy can fairly easily see and deflect this strike. It is most effective if several advances are made first as probing attacks, and the this move is used to actually gain ground. Always strike as if sincerely trying to hit the enemy in the temple. It might work, and he will seldom react to a halfhearted feint.

SPIN BACKFIST

APPLICATION OF SPIN BACKFIST

SPIN BACKFIST

APPLICATION OF SPIN BACKFIST

This is one of the most devastating strikes in Ninjitsu. It is often seen even in the professional kick-boxing ring. From the cross-leg stance, pivot quickly on the balls of both feet, spinning 180 degrees to the rear. As you turn, move the head more swiftly than the body to sight in on the target; load the right elbow across the chest at shoulder level. If you are too close, strike with the elbow; if not, snap out the fist.

From the cross step, whip around to strike the enemy from an unexpected angle. One may use the Backfist, as shown; or, if closer, the lateral elbow strike; or, by dropping low, a Ham-merfist to the liver, or reverse "Monkey Steals the Peach" strike to the groin. Keep the chin tucked into the shoulder for protection, and practice "spotting" (picking the target and fixing on it before unleashing the strike).

BEAT-DOWN BLOCK APPLICATION OF BEAT DOWN BLOCK

After the last position, you are facing east. Now look north over the left shoulder, and swing both arms together in a wide arc, as if turning a great wheel. Both hands make fists. As you turn, shift your weight from the right to the left foot, establishing that as the platform leg, preparatory to zen kutsu dachi, or the frontal stance. The intent is to beat down on the enemy attack, which is imagined as coming from the north. Both of the arms must move together for the follow-up technique.

Regardless of the enemy attack, whip the arms over and down, striking forcibly with a Hammerfist or Inverted Fist Strike. The intent is not so much to block him as to break his arm. This Beat Down Block is used in Ninja Kumi Uchi to escape a rear chokehold. Thereafter, one may open the fist and trap the enemy advance, thus opening the line of engagement.

POWER PUNCH

APPLICATION OF POWER PUNCH

POWER PUNCH

APPLICATION OF POWER PUNCH

Using the momentum of the arm-swinging, hurl the right fist in a hooking arc to strike the enemy's head in what is often known as a roundhouse punch. Add power to this strike by turning the shoulders forward, squaring them to the front of the enemy. If he evades by fading, or launches a secondary attack, this overhand beating action can also strike that aside; if not, the hit can take the form of a hook, or Tiger Claw fist.

Drive the right fist into the enemy strongly enough to knock aside any defense he may put up. In motion pictures, the hero often uses this punch, which employs all of his weight, as his finishing technique on an otherwise difficult opponent. Practice it a few times, imagining your worst enemy as the recipient. Take care not to throw your shoulder out or twist your torso too far.

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  • aloisio
    HOW TO CONTROL SAND WITH THE MIND?
    3 years ago
  • viviano
    Can dust thrown to the eyes of an attacker blind him?
    2 years ago

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