Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (23)


The Dragon Step is a variation of the Serpent Step. Use the Lung Pu technique when cover
and concealment are available, when poor visibility reduces enemy watchfulness, and when
more speed is needed.

Fig. 13 -Keep the body free of the ground by resting body weight on the forearms and lower
legs. The knees are maintained low behind the buttocks to reduce silhouette. Move forward by
alternately advancing the right knee/left elbow and the left knee/right elbow. For the most part,
sounds made by these motions are muffled by the costume. However, in this position one is
quite vulnerable. It is therefore recommended for use in the primary ingress phase, which is beyond
the enemy reach, but not beyond his field of view. In most military and paramilitary
forces, this technique is referred to as the High Crawl and resembles the action of a lizard darting
across a patio. In both of these techniques, the most common error is to let the buttocks bob
up and down when moving. This, of course, leads to embarrassing injuries on the battlefield,
and the unusual movement often attracts the attention of posted sentries.


The Kuji Ashi’s sixth step, Tu Pu, is the fastest way to move from one point of concealment
to another. Unfortunately, it also exposes one to enemy observation. The Rushing Step is employed
only when sufficient background exists to prevent silhouetting or when the enemy’s attention
is distracted.

Fig. 14 -From the prone position, slowly raise the head and select your next point of concealment.
Lower the head, draw the arms into the body, keeping the elbows in, and pull the
right leg forward.

Fig. 15 -In one movement, raise the body by straightening the arms. Spring to tile feet. stepping
off with the left foot first.

Fig. 16 -Run to the new position using the shortest route. Carry the body on the balls of the
feet, in a crouch, with the shoulders rounded, arms hanging loosely at knee level. Press the first
knuckle of each index finger with the ball of the thumb. The fingers are thus curled loosely and
are carried as though the hands were sliding along a rail. This is known as Pao Nei An, or
"running in darkness."

Fig. 17 -As you near the next position, plant the feet slightly apart, drop to the knees as quietly
as possible, fall forward and break the impact with the heels of the hands. Shift your
weight to either side and roll over into position behind cover. Lie as flat as possible. If you
think your movement was observed, move to the right or left as cover permits.

~Ashida Kim