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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (46)

KUMI UCHI- Escapes and Reversals

Most combat techniques of Ninjitsu involve target avoidance and evasion. The Ninja
value peace and harmony above all else, therefore, they have a simple and preferred method of
dealing with violence– run away.

Only when all avenues of escape have been exhausted is a martial artist permitted to use
his deadly art to defend himself. Most martial arts schools begin by teaching this concept, then
spend decades learning how to kill, cripple and maim an attacker.

Ninjitsu, however, is the Way of the Invisible Fist. The practice is to vanish from sight
rather than engage the enemy in a conflict in which either or both combatants might be injured.
More on those techniques in a later section.

Still, even a skilled Ninja can be cornered and trapped. Not only “under the gun” as
demonstrated in the previous section, but also by an enemy intent on fighting who cannot be
avoided. Most fights begin standing up with a few kicks or punches, progress to grapples and
throws, and end on the mat. Escaping or reversing grapples and throws is the province of Kumi


This technique works well against a rear naked choke or side headlock. Should the enemy seize you and seek to employ the rear choke, the first consideration is freeing the windpipe. To accomplish this, turn the head inward toward the enemy ribs and dig into his torso with your
chin. This is an old wrestling trick to make the enemy jump” so his balance can be broken. Second, it will provide a breathing space and take the pressure off your neck
so that the headlock, which painful, is not a choke-hold.

Fig. 89– The enemy has secured a Rear Naked Choke from behind, his forearm pressing against the windpipe, making it difficult to breathe. Relieve this pressure by gripping his wrist from below and turning you heard to the
“open” side of his hold. This is a good example of
“starting in the opposite direction from the true intent.

Fig. 90– Back Out Step with the left leg, unexpectedly turning the Choke into a Side Headlock without the enemy'’s permission. Or start from the Headlock, since it is a commonly encountered hold. Reach over his shoulder and
cup his chin in your right hand. Tilt his head back. Reach behind his left knee with your left hand and bend his knee
by pressing on the ligaments behind the kneecap.

Fig. 91– Drop onto your left knee, turning the enemy
by the two holds to fall across your upraised right knee.
This will snap his spine if done quickly. Immediately releasing
the arm around your head or neck.

~Ashida Kim