Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (26)


FIG. 57 -When ascending a stairway, keep as close as possible to the wall and climb using
Heng Pu, the Cross Step. On stone steps, this will aid in concealing your position; on wooden
stairs, this will prevent creaking since the stairs are most secure nearest the wall and are thus
less likely to shift as weight is applied.

Fig. 30 - It was said in ancient times that a Ninja cast no shadow. This applies equally to
casting a reflection. Never pass a mirror openly. Even a tiny movement is reflected to every
angle and an observer with his back to you will almost certainly catch the action. Treat mirrors
as open windows, and cross outside their field of reflection.

Fig. 31- Beware also of where your shadow falls. The human silhouette is distinctive and
easily recognizable. Even if you are out of view, your shadow may fall across the path of the
enemy, revealing your position. In all these things, it is essential that you observe the enemy
without being observed by him. Only in this way can you succeed.

Overcoming Obstacles and Barriers

Having learned the basic techniques of meditation and the Nine Steps, Ninja training advanced,
to penetrating the enemy’s perimeter. The classic exercise of these skills is the Obstacle
Course, used by military, paramilitary and covert operations groups for centuries to train there
members. The key is confidence. Any obstacle can be overcome with practice and confidence.
This is lesson for whole life. Not just breaking and entering.

The second method is to cut the wire. The best way to do this is to make a slit vertically,
severing as few links as possible, until the mesh can be spread like a zipper, allowing you
to pass. Or, cut the wire that holds the mesh to the pipe and roll under the edge. This is much
quicker and leaves less evidence of infiltration.

The third is to burrow under the fence, in the manner of a dog tunneling to freedom. In
the event the barricade is not loosely fixed at the base or is made of some other material. All of
these methods, however, leave evidence of your passing and are not true to the principles of

A final note: care must be taken not to touch electrified barriers. Look for bare wire attached
at intervals to insulators, or small dead animals which have inadvertently touched the
fence. Most commercial installations clearly mark electrified fences to prevent accidental injuries.
“Over, Under, Around, or Through,” is the motto of the Obstacle or Confidence Course.
Which may include a variety of physical challenges to provide practice for penetrating the perimeter

~Ashida Kim