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.