Invisibility=Survivability

The Ninja fam­i­lies of feu­dal Japan devel­oped what is per­haps the ulti­mate sur­vival strat­egy, INVISIBILITY. Invis­i­bil­ity is the most proac­tive of all the sur­vival strate­gies avail­able to us. If your enemy does not per­ceive you as being either a threat or a tar­get, he will never attack you. What more effec­tive way to pro­tect your­self than to sim­ply be invis­i­ble to those that would harm you. Yes, it’s impor­tant to have viable per­sonal pro­tec­tion skills and to have pre-emptive strike abil­ity, but  truly the most skill­ful way to pro­tect our­selves is sim­ple not being where the dan­ger is or not appear­ing to be a threat or tar­get to our enemies.

As prac­ti­tion­ers of per­sonal pro­tec­tion it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to know that the Ninja War­riors of old devel­oped their invis­i­bil­ity skill sets to the high­est lev­els, but what does that mean to us, and most impor­tantly HOW can we APPLY the Ninja invis­i­bil­ity meth­ods to pro­tect our­selves right now.

Invis­i­bil­ity is entire sub-system within the mar­tial art of Nin­jutsu or Ninpo. To begin your invis­i­bil­ity train­ing it’s impor­tant to gather intel­li­gence on those peo­ple that are invis­i­ble to you. Go to a place where you can observe lots of peo­ple with­out draw­ing atten­tion to your­self. A busy city street or a shop­ping mall is per­fect. First scan the crowd and see who most stands out in the crowd. Then ana­lyze why that is, per­haps they are excep­tion­ally tall or short, wide or thin or wear­ing some­thing unusual. Then see who is most invis­i­ble to you. Write your obser­va­tions down. Do this exer­cise sev­eral times over the next few weeks. You might want to video a crowd to do fur­ther research.

Now that you have a good idea of what makes some­one stand out in a crowd, as well as what makes some­one invis­i­ble in a crowd, you’re going to apply your insights to real life per­sonal pro­tec­tion. Over twenty years ago I par­tic­i­pated in a sem­i­nar given by two under­cover nar­cotics agents. One of the offi­cers was able to com­pletely change his appear­ance by chang­ing his pos­ture. When he stood up straight with good pos­ture he stood out in a crowd, but when he slightly relaxed his pos­ture he blended in with the crowd and actu­ally looked like a dif­fer­ent per­son. It’s sub­tle things like this that you want to exper­i­ment with. Test your find­ings out with like minded train­ing part­ners. Find out what makes you visu­ally stand out in a crowd, then dis­cover what makes you blend in.

This is just the very begin­ning of a life long study of invis­i­bil­ity. It’s excit­ing to me how the 1,000 year old Ninja Night War­rior method of invis­i­bil­ity will soon become the ulti­mate form of mod­ern day Real­ity Based Self Defense.

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