Moss-covered Monk

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (35)


Inside, if you hear the approach of a sentry, dart to a
position behind the door where you may utilize Li Tsu
An, or Hiding in the Door’s Shadow. The sentry may
pass outside without entering. The sentry may open
the door and look inside without entering.

Here you can see the sentry through the crack in the
doorjamb. He may be suspicious and enter. In this
event you will be blocked from view by the door. Or
the sentry may enter and search. Should this occur, remember that if the door is opened at least ninety degrees, sufficient shadow will be cast to conceal you. If the door is opened farther, you will remain hidden behind it.

The most difficult time occurs when the sentry has
entered and searched, and is preparing to leave. As he
nears the door he will be looking directly at you. At
this time great courage is required not to move and betray your position. The odds are that the
sentry will be at ease, having found no one in the room; he may drop his guard or lower his
weapon as an indication of this. He will be thinking of his exit, possibly berating himself for
his suspicions. Watch his eyes; if they are downcast, he will not see you. If the light switch is
near the door, he may shift his gaze to it as he nears you, and this will insure your invisibility.
If he sees you, you must spring upon him and silence him instantly. One school advocates
whipping around the door, slamming it and locking the sentry in behind you if discovered. But
this is not true Ninjitsu.


Of course, the simplest and most daring technique of infiltrating the enemy encampment is
to have him open the door for you.

Fig. 55- Having advanced to a position behind the enemy, fix your attention on the back of
his skull and key your actions to his. As he steps forward with his left foot, cross-step (Heng
Pu) behind with your right foot. Cock your left Backfist beside the right ear. Maintain a covered
stance at all times by crossing the right arm over the body. Direct the Qi forward with the
right palm.

You can strike the enemy sentry at any time when following him in this manner (Ken Sui
Shao Ping) by whipping out with the left Backfist, opening the hand at the moment of impact to
strike the base of his skull in an upward stroke with the sword edge of the hand (Shuto). The
impact of this blow must be sufficient to lift the skull free of the cervical vertebrae and sever
the spinal cord. Death is instantaneous.

Continue to follow the sentry by this sequence.

As the enemy steps forward
with his right foot,
step out with your left.
This places you in a karate
frontal stance, with your
left side to the enemy. The
arms remain as before; the
left fist is tensed and will
act as Mu-Te or Striking
Hand, while the right hand
shields the body. These
steps must be executed
quickly and lightly; they
also must be synchronized
with the enemy’s steps so
that he does not hear you.

Fig. 56-The enemy has advanced
to his objective.
Cross-step behind once
more, adjusting balance to
keep your shape behind the
enemy’s shoulders. When
following in this manner, it
does not matter if the enemy
should sense your
presence and quickly move
around to catch you. This
is due to the time lag factor
between seeing, identifying,
and acting.

It does not matter in which stance he may catch you, and it does not matter which way he
turns, though most often he will pivot forward (to his left rear if his right foot is forward).

Fig. 57- In certain cases it may be necessary to follow a sentry in order to pass through
locked doors. Once the door is open, shift body weight forward and turn his corner, bringing
yourself into his peripheral view. This will cause him to turn toward you.

Fig. 58-Jam his right arm since it holds the weapon, and simultaneously strike into his face
with the left Backfist. Here the right hand acts as Soe-Te, or Entangling Hand. Strike his nose
directly as this will cause uncontrollable watering of the eyes, as well as muffle any outcry.

This allows you sufficient time to permanently quiet him.

~Ashida Kim