Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Secrets of Ninja (51)


This method requires an external distraction to be truly effective. Two methods are preferred,
one being Kiai, the spirit shout. Sometimes called the "attack by intimidation," the Kiai
is a belly shout drawn from the Hara. It is a scream of total commitment. Charge the enemy
from out of range, feinting a ferocious attack to the eyes. This attack must be sufficiently terrifying
to startle the enemy and make him cover his own eyes in defense. The Kiai may be employed
effectively with the Kasumi technique.

Sha Nei Mu, or "sand in the eyes," is the second distraction which is used to temporarily
blind the enemy. Some schools devise complex fomulae for their blinding powders. Itching
and sneezing dust are two obvious examples. In ancient times these were stored in hollowedout
eggshells, so they could be brought quickly into play. A handful of native dirt will produce
the same effect if one can be surreptitiously obtained.

Fig. 107 -Cup the right palm lightly, keeping the dust concealed from the enemy. Swing the
arm in a semicircular arc, crossing from the right to left hip, up to the left shoulder, then back in
front of the right shoulder. Abruptly stop the right palm in an extended shoulder-block position,
casting the powder into the face of the enemy. As you begin the casting movement, step toward
tile left. This will give the impression that you are attempting to flee in that direction and distract
the enemy’s attention from the action of the right arm.

Fig. 108 -As the enemy gropes forward toward what he believes to be your position, duck under
his attack to his lead side. In this way you will have less distance to travel to get behind him.
This is an extended variation of the Spinning Back Pivot found in Inpo. Fix your attention on
the left temple of the enemy. This is where you will strike him should he somehow not have
been blinded. If you are close enough to the enemy, the action of casting will
carry your extended finger tips horizontally across the enemy’s eyes, producing the desired effect.
This attack is also found in Wing Chun, but is followed by a palm-up finger jab.

Fig. 109-Execute the second
half of the Mi Lu pivot, slipping
by the enemy as his
grasp closes on emptiness.
You are now invisible behind
his left shoulder. Continue
to target his left temple.
You may now pivot into
the final Mi Lu position and
assume a stance behind the
enemy, or dart behind cover
to vanish, or simply flee
(Fig. 110)

 ~Ashida Kim