Self defence complexities

I am revisiting an old theme here but I think it’s important to do so because someone has asked me the following: My martial arts teacher told me that in a real self defence situation, if you feel threatened you should throw the first punch. Is that right? Is that Read more…

5 unique ninja skills

Ninjutsu really is different to other martial arts. Here are 5 truly unique ninja skills. Silent walking: Avoiding detection was once a core ninja skill and among the most famous ways they achieved this was by walking silently. There are different methods for walking on different surfaces. Shuriken-jutsu: Everyone loves Read more…

Why Ninjutsu is fun

Ninjutsu is fun to learn is because it does not involve much boring repetition. If you’ve ever been put off learning a martial art because you fear you will be standing in line punching the air and counting in a foreign language then Ninjutsu is going to be a revelation. Read more…

Warrior wisdom

Martial artists are fond of talking about how training has improved their lives and themselves but they are not very good at explaining just how that is so. All the talk about confidence, focus, discipline, commitment, persistence and the like is real enough but it actually undersells the benefits. The Read more…

Get real

“80% of fights go to the ground” “70% of armed assaults involve a knife” Did you believe these common self defence claims? If so you’ve been misled. We have no idea percentage of “fights” go to the ground or what percentage involves a knife (or any weapon) for that matter. Read more…

Way of the ninja

There is a 2-page spread in the Home section of today’s Straits Times newspaper about Singapore Ninjutsu. Here is the link to the online version and below it the story: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/way-of-the-ninja Way of the ninja Unlike judo or taekwon-do, ninjutsu is not a sport but teaches a set of skills Read more…

Martial arts and aggression

Does martial arts training make people more aggressive? It’s a question many people – and certainly many parents – ask and while many martial artists might object to the question and spout the usual stuff about martial arts being about character development and the skills purely for self defence, it Read more…