⇒Ninja motion methods


The way Ninja warriors move according to Ninjutsu School is one of the most significant aspects in the warrior training since this skill can be evaluated to assess the overall level of the Ninja skills and his availability to demonstrate various movements, sometimes mind-striking in complexity. Sliding over any surfaces while escaping, silent tiptoing, quick position changing on the high-relief terrain – this is not the entire list of skills the Ninja warriors master in shinobi-iri. Hereupon, as against most martial arts, the ninpo studies the wide range of the various ways to struggle and run that are helpful tools for the Ninja in achieving goals. The entire spectrum of Ninja movements can be conditionally classified into two groups of procedures: swiftness and remoteness and quietness.

Ninja motion methods

⇒Readiness and remoteness


Shinobi-hashiri (Ninja running) is the sprint, the run with clearing the obstacle or marathon. Run and its varieties are widely practiced in Ninja trainings, from specific approaches to general practices.

O-ashi stands for the large step.



Yoko-aruki (side walk) is the way of motion used for secret shadowless move along walls and fences, and any other heights. This technique helps to timely respond the hazard wherever it appears. Moreover, this kind of travel greatly troubles determination of motion allowing trace leaving for the purpose of deceiving opponents;

Shinobi-aruki (creeping walk) – this kind of motion is used by Ninja to move on tiptoe and allows to get the target and strike the enemy all of a sudden thanks to very slow and smooth move of the body weight from the back foot to the front foot;

Neko-aruki (cat walk) – this kind of motion is especially effective when sliding in the dark and especially on the creaky floor area is needed. The foot in the front touches and feels the surface slowly and carefully not watched by anyone and the body weight is put on the foot only after the best position for the foot is found. Hands are put in front of the body on the upper and middle (lower) levels to timely signal on object in the front if felt;

Mawari-aruki (swinging walk) – this approach is used when the intuition prompts to Ninja that the enemy is somewhere around. This walk allows visual assessing the environment not going far from the specified route and adequately responding the attack. On the top of it, the motion is quite impossible to predict or calculate to forsee (provided accidental steps are left);

Nuki-ashi (gliding walk) – this approach is used to move gliding onto squeak-free surface. The back foot goes forward in the inner curve. The body makes pendulant-like movements. Hands are stretched on both sides to avoid obstacles;

Shagiri-aruki – is the way to move on all fours;

Ko-ashi (little step) – this approach is used by the Ninja for the smooth move in the small grass (a little bit over the knee level) or in the water. The foot comes into the water or in the grass from upward колена) with the toe and slowly moves forward and slightly to the side;

Shime-ashi (squeezing step) – this motion is used to move silently on the small gravel or in the mud. A slow, kind of pressing heel-to-toe rock up, a very little step and half-bent allow the Ninja making less noise. The hands are rested to the knees for the pressing effect;

Shuri-ashi (friction step) – this approach resembles the shime-ashi but it is only used for the quick and silent motion (almost running) on the firm surface. This kind of technique distinguished with the lower body position due to knee-bend and small body flexion. The distance between feet is shortened to the least which the name tells about;

She-pu (snake crawling) – it is quite impossible to describe cases when the Ninja warriors have to crawl like snakes. The basic principles is when the body is impressed into the ground and hands and legs move in harmony;

Lung-pu (dragon crawling) – this technique of crawling is used when the Ninja has to watch enemies, shoot from the air gun, drag the captured, and many other cases like the dragon does in nature. The motion is done by hand or foot only which is possible for the highly qualified and trained warrior who mastered all the Ninja techniques of motion.

There is a plenty of various techniques to train in motions and everything depends on goals of every specific approach.

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