Moss-covered Monk

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (24)


The seventh step is the Ju Men Pu, or Entering Pivot. This consists of a short retreat, heel
first, without shifting the body weight. It is also the basis for the Iluo Nei Kuo (Capture by
Passing) of Tonpo. Practice is most effective when turning the corner.

Fig. 18 -Approach the barrier, press against it, resting the weight forward. Place the near
hand by the knee and the back hand close to the face. Slowly lean the head forward and peek
around the corner. The lower this is done, the smaller the chances are of being observed.

Fig. 19 -Having determined that movement can be accomplished safely, draw the head back
out of sight. Step quickly around the corner with the lead foot (in this case the left), placing the
heel in the final position shown. The right leg does not move at this point, thus placing one in a
wide Horse Stance diagonally against the edge of the building. The back glides around the corner
without touching it as the weight is shifted onto the left leg. When the hips have cleared the
wall, the right leg is drawn around to close the stance. Press your back to the wall and check to
see that this action was not seen before proceeding.

This step also appears in the combat applications of Ninjitsu and is used in much the same
manner as the “entering pivot” of Aikido, to grab the enemy’s wrist, lift it above the head, step
underneath, turn, and put the opponent in a wristlock.


Eighth among the Kuji Ashi is the Pien Pu, or Side Step. Though similar to the Heng Pu
(Cross Step) in that movement is directed to the side, Pien Pu is employed to move more slowly
in narrow spaces. Its best use comes when passing through a threshold, such as a door.

Fig. 20 -Press your shoulder to the wall, placing the lead hand near the hip and the rear hand
near the shoulder. Crouch, and peek around the doorway, noting the position of any occupants
or sentries. The lower this is done the more effectively hidden you will be, since most people
tend to look and search at eye level first. Key your actions. to the movement of the enemy head
by directing your attention to the base of his skull.

Fig. 21 -Withdraw the head, maintaining a slight body pressure against the wall. As quickly
and silently as possible, push off with the rear leg (the right in this case), stepping clear across
the door opening in one swift motion. This will look like a quick sideways hop, landing on the
left leg first. As you cross by this method, glance at the enemy by turning to look over your
right shoulder. This is the safest way to pass an open doorway.

Fig. 22-Having gained a position on the opposite side of the doorway, assume the illustrated
position and check around the corner to insure that your movement was not observed.
If one is confronted by an open doorway at night, with light falling across the path, it is preferable
to move outside the circle of light, remaining invisible in the shadows.

~Ashida Kim