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Monday, December 10, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (38)

AMBUSH FROM ABOVE

Fig. 65-Begin by gaining a position above the enemy using the Kuji
Ashi, or hide in a superior position and wait for the enemy to come into
range. Bear in mind that when being attacked from above, people seldom
look up, and they tend to shoot under the target when firing up.
Fix your gaze on the back of the enemy skull.

Fig. 66-Drop on the enemy, striking him with your full weight. Employ
the knees to strike his shoulders and drive him straight down,
breaking your own fall with his body. Try not to land directly on his
head; though this frequently snaps the neck, the body does not fall .
properly. Should the enemy hear or sense your attack as you launch it
and turn about, the attack will still succeed.

Fig. 67-Ride the enemy body
to the ground, crushing his
spine beneath you. Apply the
coup de grace by striking the
base of the skull with the right
Shuto, breaking the neck.



AMBUSH FROM BELOW

When cover is scarce or low, consider attacking from below. Select a point of concealment
above which the enemy will pass and from which you may launch your assault unseen.

Fig. 68-As the enemy passes, cup his rear foot in the palm of’ your hand (the right in this
case), simultaneously poising the dagger in your left.

Fig. 69-Scoop the enemy foot forward as he shifts his weight forward onto his lead foot, lifting
it clear of the ground and breaking his balance to the rear. Cock the dagger beside your left
ear in an ice-pick grip.

Fig. 70 -As the enemy falls beside you, landing on his shoulders, pivot over your right knee and
drive the dagger downward into his heart. It is essential that you sweep the enemy as he takes
his weight off his rear foot. This prevents him from saving himself by taking a quick step forward.

~Ashida Kim