Today we have something of a guest post here. I have a good friend named Jon Merz. In addition to being an outstanding author of several great books such as the Lawson series, he’s been a student of ninjutsu for twenty years. I recently asked him to write a short article for me for inclusion in my upcoming book, Prepper’s Home Defense. I thought I’d share the article with you here as well.
As a student of authentic Ninjutsu for over twenty years, I can tell you that the art is extremely well-suited to preppers. Ninjutsu is based on natural body movement and practicality over flashy movements. Anyone can do it. You don’t need to be in Olympian shape and the moves rely on simple actions that produce devastating results. Think minimum effort maximum results. Developed as it was on the battlefields and during covert action in feudal Japan, Ninjutsu remains as applicable today as it was when Japan was embroiled in civil war.
Ninjutsu encompasses every aspect of combat – from unarmed striking, grappling, joint locks, and throws to improvised and unorthodox weapons, weapons retention skills, and up to and including strategic application and mind sciences. As legendary as the myth of Ninjutsu invisibility is, for example, it is based on pragmatic practices that work on many levels. Obviously everyone knows about how to conceal themselves using the seven Ss of Shape, Shine, Shadow, Silhouette, Sound, Speed, Surroundings, but what about the concept of “friction” with your environment?
Traditional Ninja used “traveling disguises” when on missions that enabled them to blend in with their environments. Disguised as entertainers, monks, merchants, fortune tellers, and masterless samurai, they were able to ensure they did not stand out in a hostile territory. Modern Ninjutsu practitioners employ similar concepts to reduce their own “friction” within an environment. Do you know how to order wine and sample it? Do you speak a smattering of other languages? Even a simple greeting can help ensure you blend in. Modern ninja try develop themselves to the point where they can seamlessly move through everyday life without causing any friction – and by friction, I mean knowing what to do and how to act and how to appear such that you never stand out unless you want to. The highest level of this development is to become the “gray man,” the person you see on the street or in a hotel or anywhere…and then five seconds later, you can’t remember them.
The practicality of Ninjutsu, combined with its higher teachings, makes it a fantastic method of self-protection for anyone interested in preparing for what might be coming.
-Jon F. Merz has trained with Mark Davis, Chief Instructor of the Boston Martial Arts Center in Boston, MA (http://www.bostonmartialarts.com) for over 20 years and is a 5th degree black belt in the art. Jon’s personal website is located at http://www.jonfmerz.net.