81 Ways to Be a Ninja

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  1. What is a ninja? A true ninja is not just someone who wears black, drops down from the ceiling and slices everyone to pieces! Ninjas have been around since at least the 14th century; Ninja were called on to be master spies, assassins and specialist warriors, both for and against the enemy.What is a ninja? A true ninja is not just someone who wears black, drops down from the ceiling and slices everyone to pieces! Ninjas have been around since at least the 14th century; Ninja were called on to be master spies, assassins and specialist warriors, both for and against the enemy.
  2. Decide upon a series of ideas, morals and philosophies and food that you truly can live by. Contrary to popular belief, ninja weren't always cold-blooded killers that did things that samurai refused to do. Decide on what you want to do first.Decide upon a series of ideas, morals and philosophies and food that you truly can live by. Contrary to popular belief, ninja weren’t always cold-blooded killers that did things that samurai refused to do. Decide on what you want to do first.
  3. Never publicize that you are a ninja. A ninja must be able to function as a spy, which means that you cannot reveal your status as an aspiring ninja, or else no one will trust you.Never publicize that you are a ninja. A ninja must be able to function as a spy, which means that you cannot reveal your status as an aspiring ninja, or else no one will trust you.
  4. Do not dress like the stereotypical ninja (unless on a mission at night)Do not dress like the stereotypical ninja (unless on a mission at night)
  5. When you do wear ninja clothes, the idea is to never let anyone see you in them.When you do wear ninja clothes, the idea is to never let anyone see you in them.
  6. In some places the ninja characters were disguised as prop handlers (who always wore black to minimize their presence while moving props on stage)In some places the ninja characters were disguised as prop handlers (who always wore black to minimize their presence while moving props on stage)
  7. Learn how to move stealthily. Taby boots a great for this, try and roll your feet from toe to heel.Learn how to move stealthily. Taby boots a great for this, try and roll your feet from toe to heel.
  8. Try to Become adept at social and physical invisibility and silence. Walk silently.Try to Become adept at social and physical invisibility and silence. Walk silently.
  9. Learn the appropriate clothing for the appropriate times always. Do not stand out or draw attention to yourself in any way.Learn the appropriate clothing for the appropriate times always. Do not stand out or draw attention to yourself in any way.
  10. Sometimes try to being sociable and friendly because in the modern world, a person who sits quietly in the corner arouses suspicion and is carefully watched.Sometimes try to being sociable and friendly because in the modern world, a person who sits quietly in the corner arouses suspicion and is carefully watched.
  11. Get and maintain a ninja body. This does not necessarily mean becoming lean and muscular; it means building endurance, agility, strength and flexibility.Get and maintain a ninja body. This does not necessarily mean becoming lean and muscular; it means building endurance, agility, strength and flexibility.
  12. Go for long distance runs, swimming, press ups, sit-ups, but most importantly STRETCH! Your body is a tool--as long as it can perform the functions of a ninja, it is a valuable tool.Go for long distance runs, swimming, press ups, sit-ups, but most importantly STRETCH! Your body is a tool–as long as it can perform the functions of a ninja, it is a valuable tool.
  13. In fact, becoming too fit may be counterproductive, especially if you stand out as being the only slim or muscular person in the room.In fact, becoming too fit may be counterproductive, especially if you stand out as being the only slim or muscular person in the room.
  14. Know how to escape. No matter where you are, know how to get out of the situation as quickly and as anonymously (unseen) as possible.Know how to escape. No matter where you are, know how to get out of the situation as quickly and as anonymously (unseen) as possible.
  15. Historically, smoke bombs and firecrackers were used to create diversions, but you will have to devise more subtle techniques, like starting a fight or switching of the lights.Historically, smoke bombs and firecrackers were used to create diversions, but you will have to devise more subtle techniques, like starting a fight or switching of the lights.
  16. When you enter a room, always be aware of every potential (possible) exit, and have several plans in place for how you can create a diversion if necessary.When you enter a room, always be aware of every potential (possible) exit, and have several plans in place for how you can create a diversion if necessary.
  17. As you escape, strive to leave no evidence behind, like clothes, weapons or fingerprints (always wear hand gloves).As you escape, strive to leave no evidence behind, like clothes, weapons or fingerprints (always wear hand gloves).
  18. Ninja accomplished this (wiping out the evidence) in the past was with ashiaro, or wooden pads worn on their bottom of their footwear and carved to look like an animal's paw or a child's foot so that the ninja's footprints would not be noticed, this was also used in WWII.Ninja accomplished this (wiping out the evidence) in the past was with ashiaro, or wooden pads worn on their bottom of their footwear and carved to look like an animal’s paw or a child’s foot so that the ninja’s footprints would not be noticed, this was also used in WWII.
  19. Ninja always needs: (spiritual refinement) (unarmed combat, using one's body as the only weapon) (sword fighting) (stick and staff fighting) (throwing blades) (spear fighting) (naginata fighting) (water training) (tactic) (espionage) (vital point striking) (escaping and concealment) (meteorology) (chain and sickle weapon) (pyrotechnics and explosives) (disguise & impersonation) (geography) (stealth and entering methods) (horsemanship)Ninja always needs:   (spiritual refinement)   (unarmed combat, using one’s body as the only weapon)   (sword fighting)   (stick and staff fighting)   (throwing blades)   (spear fighting)   (naginata fighting)   (water training)   (tactic)   (espionage)   (vital point striking)   (escaping and concealment)   (meteorology)   (chain and sickle weapon)   (pyrotechnics and explosives)   (disguise & impersonation)   (geography)   (stealth and entering methods)   (horsemanship)
  20. Learn to control people and manipulate events not by force, but by words and actions.Learn to control people and manipulate events not by force, but by words and actions.
  21. As a modern ninja, you should be able to obtain a goal without having to resort to any manner of violence.As a modern ninja, you should be able to obtain a goal without having to resort to any manner of violence.
  22. Use people's desires, needs and wants against them. Humans need security, wealth, pride, strength and to have their wants and needs satisfied. This is a key ability in most if not all events.Use people’s desires, needs and wants against them. Humans need security, wealth, pride, strength and to have their wants and needs satisfied. This is a key ability in most if not all events.
  23. Feed your mind. Ninja were often very knowledgeable. With knowledge comes power and this can help you become more resourceful and also help you blend in more easily.Feed your mind. Ninja were often very knowledgeable. With knowledge comes power and this can help you become more resourceful and also help you blend in more easily.
  24. Feed your mind. Ninja were often very knowledgeable. With knowledge comes power and this can help you become more resourceful and also help you blend in more easily.Feed your mind. Ninja were often very knowledgeable. With knowledge comes power and this can help you become more resourceful and also help you blend in more easily.
  25. To become a master of you, learn to: Cut emotions out of the decision making, engage in rational and logical thinking no matter what the situation is, make tactical decisions that may upset one's ego, finding the flow of situations/problems and one's place within them, make decisions for one's own situations as if giving someone else advice... Applying this to everyday life is a must, as it stands in the way of the mastery of one's self.To become a master of you, learn to: Cut emotions out of the decision making, engage in rational and logical thinking no matter what the situation is, make tactical decisions that may upset one’s ego, finding the flow of situations/problems and one’s place within them, make decisions for one’s own situations as if giving someone else advice… Applying this to everyday life is a must, as it stands in the way of the mastery of one’s self.
  26. If one cannot master self, one cannot master over others and their surroundings ultimately the goal of become a ninja will be remain undoneIf one cannot master self, one cannot master over others and their surroundings ultimately the goal of become a ninja will be remain undone
  27. Engaging in physical combat due to provocation knowing one can defeat the threat may not be the best of interests for the big picture.Engaging in physical combat due to provocation knowing one can defeat the threat may not be the best of interests for the big picture.
  28. Silence is Golden One's decision to live by ninjutsu discipline is not and should not be public knowledge.Silence is Golden One’s decision to live by ninjutsu discipline is not and should not be public knowledge.
  29. Your first responsibility is to learn and practice ninjutsu in secrecy, and privately.Your first responsibility is to learn and practice ninjutsu in secrecy, and privately.
  30. One cannot be a master spy if one cannot keep something as simple as one's hidden identity a secret from those that surround us (Even if One lives with them.)One cannot be a master spy if one cannot keep something as simple as one’s hidden identity a secret from those that surround us (Even if One lives with them.)
  31. Do not lead others as to what you may or may not know, or what you may be up to. Do not lead others as to what you may or may not know, or what you may be up to.Do not lead others as to what you may or may not know, or what you may be up to. Do not lead others as to what you may or may not know, or what you may be up to.
  32. Practice Meditation Not traditional Meditation, but Meditation based on complete awareness of your actions, the popular wiki game ninja reflex has a very good meditation sequence.Practice Meditation Not traditional Meditation, but Meditation based on complete awareness of your actions, the popular wiki game  ninja reflex  has a very good meditation sequence.
  33. Train your mind to be completely aware of your actions when the need arises, for prolonged periods of time.Train your mind to be completely aware of your actions when the need arises, for prolonged periods of time.
  34. Learn to let nothing distract you. A Ninja must be calm and focused, because if something is allowed to become a distraction, it could likely cause them to be captured, injured or even killed.Learn to let nothing distract you. A Ninja must be calm and focused, because if something is allowed to become a distraction, it could likely cause them to be captured, injured or even killed.
  35. Ninjutsu is a lifelong pursuit, and shall take a lifetime to master. There is always room for improvement. Don't expect to become a true ninja in a week.Ninjutsu is a lifelong pursuit, and shall take a lifetime to master. There is always room for improvement. Don’t expect to become a true ninja in a week.
  36. Women ninja are called kunoichi and historically, were trained differently because they had different tools of disguise at their disposal.Women ninja are called kunoichi and historically, were trained differently because they had different tools of disguise at their disposal.
  37. A modern female ninja should use people's perception about women to her advantage--generally, people are less suspicious of women than they are of men.A modern female ninja should use people’s perception about women to her advantage–generally, people are less suspicious of women than they are of men.
  38. Get Started in Parkour. Parkour is compatible with being a ninja because it not only allows you to escape and hide easily, but it also builds strength and agility.Get Started in Parkour. Parkour is compatible with being a ninja because it not only allows you to escape and hide easily, but it also builds strength and agility.
  39. Parkour will be more useful than freerunning as it helps to develop the personalities & other human variablesParkour will be more useful than freerunning as it helps to develop the personalities & other human variables
  40. Look into Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. It is the real ninja martial art.Look into Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. It is the real ninja martial art.
  41. Know how to use self-defense the right way if not used properly it can be a very dangerous thing.Know how to use self-defense the right way if not used properly it can be a very dangerous thing.
  42. Do not use weapons if you do not need them. This is one of the smart moves of ninjaDo not use weapons if you do not need them. This is one of the smart moves of ninja
  43. Never use your ninja skills for senseless violence! It's not against social & moral valuesNever use your ninja skills for senseless violence! It’s not against social & moral values
  44. Remember that the type of ninja you see in movies and on TV are usually virtually impossible to become. The ninjas of the media and of reality are very different.Remember that the type of ninja you see in movies and on TV are usually virtually impossible to become. The ninjas of the media and of reality are very different.
  45. If one's motivations to be a ninja involve any of the following: to provoke and engage in open physical confrontations, for notoriety, or solely for revenge and inflict harm(self absorbed reasons) then thou shall never be ninja... just an angry individual in dark clothing covering its face. There is a big and clear distinction.If one’s motivations to be a ninja involve any of the following: to provoke and engage in open physical confrontations, for notoriety, or solely for revenge and inflict harm(self absorbed reasons) then thou shall never be ninja… just an angry individual in dark clothing covering its face. There is a big and clear distinction.
  46. During training there is nothing better than trial by fire or a river, however, if one tries to evade, confront, and/or combat local law enforcement or engage in any other criminal activity to test ninjutsu skills: one must be truly ready to accept the consequences one's actions will bring. (You might be a Ninja but cops are like Batman)During training there is nothing better than trial by fire or a river, however, if one tries to evade, confront, and/or combat local law enforcement or engage in any other criminal activity to test ninjutsu skills: one must be truly ready to accept the consequences one’s actions will bring. (You might be a Ninja but cops are like Batman)
  47. Most ninja weapons are defined as illegal, be ready to discard or hide them quickly. Never carry anything you aren't prepared to leave behind for the success of the mission, or when caught to avoid trouble. Dressing all in black with one's face covered will raise alarm if spotted.Most ninja weapons are defined as illegal, be ready to discard or hide them quickly. Never carry anything you aren’t prepared to leave behind for the success of the mission, or when caught to avoid trouble. Dressing all in black with one’s face covered will raise alarm if spotted.
  48. Never use your ninja skills to harm animals, or to break into people's houses.Never use your ninja skills to harm animals, or to break into people’s houses.
  49. Use your skills, but don't forget your natural talents as well. When able to use peace as a cunning weapon against the task ahead, it is most wise over violence.Use your skills, but don’t forget your natural talents as well. When able to use peace as a cunning weapon against the task ahead, it is most wise over violence.
  50. Ninjas don't wear bright colors, (i.e. orange/red) so it is more advised that you wear darker colors so that you will blend in the dark or a white suit in snowy conditions.Ninjas don’t wear bright colors, (i.e. orange/red) so it is more advised that you wear darker colors so that you will blend in the dark or a white suit in snowy conditions.
  51. Listen to some ninja music to motivate & feel the tempoListen to some ninja music to motivate & feel the tempo
  52. Let others know what you believe once you believe you believe it. As long as you are confident in your theories, you should project them to save your friends the time of finding out in a way they don't want to.Let others know what you believe once you believe you believe it. As long as you are confident in your theories, you should project them to save your friends the time of finding out in a way they don’t want to.
  53. While a part of this is myth and history, there is another type of ninja that exists. A ninja is also defined as one who studies ninjitsu, which is real martial art training.While a part of this is myth and history, there is another type of ninja that exists. A ninja is also defined as one who studies ninjitsu, which is real martial art training.
  54. As a real ninja, your mission is not to kill. A quote from the densho of Togakure-ryu Ninjitsu says, Do not kill others, either escape or disappear As a real ninja, your mission is not to kill. A quote from the densho of Togakure-ryu Ninjitsu says,  Do not kill others, either escape or disappear
  55. (Ninjas)...should have the heart as kind and pure as a flower. You are, however, to be unafraid to die and be willing to die in protection of your country, master, and family (Ninjas)…should have the heart as kind and pure as a flower.  You are, however, to be unafraid to die and be willing to die in protection of your country, master, and family
  56. Being a real ninja means you know martial arts techniques but that you are balanced mentally, physically, and spiritually in strength.Being a real ninja means you know martial arts techniques but that you are balanced mentally, physically, and spiritually in strength.
  57. If the only reason you want to learn how to become a ninja is to kill people or to become the fantasy pictorial you have in your head, this may not be for you.If the only reason you want to learn how to become a ninja is to kill people or to become the fantasy pictorial you have in your head, this may not be for you.
  58. Anyone can become a ninja, but as with every martial art, it will take several years, hard work, discipline, and focus.Anyone can become a ninja, but as with every martial art, it will take several years, hard work, discipline, and focus.
  59. Try a week in any martial class (many schools offer free trials). If you find out that you can handle the class and then go full speed ahead to becoming a real ninja.Try a week in any martial class (many schools offer free trials). If you find out that you can handle the class and then go full speed ahead to becoming a real ninja.
  60. Think about whether you want to be an indoor ninja or an outdoor ninja, and start practicing right away.Think about whether you want to be an indoor ninja or an outdoor ninja, and start practicing right away.
  61. Next is the outfit. Conceptually, part is tough. You can easily go on the internet and buy a ninja outfit onlineNext is the outfit. Conceptually, part is tough. You can easily go on the internet and buy a ninja outfit online
  62. Be prepared for each of your missions. Often times, obstacles will arise which will throw your plans off course. If you're prepared, you will be better equipped to handle these spontaneous diversions.Be prepared for each of your missions. Often times, obstacles will arise which will throw your plans off course. If you’re prepared, you will be better equipped to handle these spontaneous diversions.
  63. Don't breathe loudly. No smiling. Not even with your eyes. No screaming even when you're scared. Don't be scared.Don’t breathe loudly. No smiling. Not even with your eyes. No screaming even when you’re scared. Don’t be scared.
  64. Research! For example: What do ninja eat? Not junk-food! In fact, most ninjas are vegetarians!Research! For example: What do ninja eat? Not junk-food! In fact, most ninjas are vegetarians!
  65. Be resourceful. Don't depend on other peoples work. However, this doesn't mean you should make everything up either!Be resourceful. Don’t depend on other peoples work. However, this doesn’t mean you should make everything up either!
  66. Try working on sneakiness! Ninjas are all about being sneaky.Try working on sneakiness! Ninjas are all about being sneaky.
  67. A Social Ninja is one of the more interesting kinds of Ninja. As a Social Ninja, you can attract as much attention as you desire, and just as quickly get rid of it. And best of all, it requires nothing but yourself.A Social Ninja is one of the more interesting kinds of Ninja. As a Social Ninja, you can attract as much attention as you desire, and just as quickly get rid of it. And best of all, it requires nothing but yourself.
  68. Learn to be as quiet as possible. There are ways to walk and run that make very little if any noise.Learn to be as quiet as possible. There are ways to walk and run that make very little if any noise.
  69. Open doors exactly wide enough to let you progress, and be as far away as you can be when it closes.Open doors exactly wide enough to let you progress, and be as far away as you can be when it closes.
  70. Only say enough to get what you need. Don't add any more detail to a statement than someone asks for, and answer clearly, but not too loud.Only say enough to get what you need. Don’t add any more detail to a statement than someone asks for, and answer clearly, but not too loud.
  71. Try to not leave a prolonged awkward silence. Instead say words to the effect of I should probably be going now , wait for them to acknowledge your words and then turn (not to fast, not too slowly) and walk away.Try to not leave a prolonged awkward silence. Instead say words to the effect of  I should probably be going now , wait for them to acknowledge your words and then turn (not to fast, not too slowly) and walk away.
  72. Avoid groups of people. If you absolutely must attend a large gathering, such as school, work, or some official function, be as close to the outside of the group as possible.Avoid groups of people. If you absolutely must attend a large gathering, such as school, work, or some official function, be as close to the outside of the group as possible.
  73. Do NOT be the life of the party, as this draws attention to yourself, defeating the purpose of a Ninja.Do NOT be the life of the party, as this draws attention to yourself, defeating the purpose of a Ninja.
  74. Walk as close to a concealing object such as a wall or tree as possible, without drawing attention to yourself.Walk as close to a concealing object such as a wall or tree as possible, without drawing attention to yourself.
  75. Observe people. When the occasion arises where you HAVE to come into contact with people, see how much you can learn about the person without saying too much. This does not mean eavesdropping.Observe people. When the occasion arises where you HAVE to come into contact with people, see how much you can learn about the person without saying too much. This does not mean eavesdropping.
  76. If someone is talking to you and they have their back turned, if it seems like they are done talking, very quietly and quickly walk away.If someone is talking to you and they have their back turned, if it seems like they are done talking, very quietly and quickly walk away.
  77. Wear dark, comfortable (Not baggy) clothes, that when moving, rarely rub against themselves. This way, you minimize the amount of noise you generate. Black khakis with a dark shirt and dark shoes works wellWear dark, comfortable (Not baggy) clothes, that when moving, rarely rub against themselves. This way, you minimize the amount of noise you generate. Black khakis with a dark shirt and dark shoes works well
  78. When assigned a task, get it completed as quickly, efficiently, and accurately as you possibly can.When assigned a task, get it completed as quickly, efficiently, and accurately as you possibly can.
  79. Do random things at the most unexpected times.Do random things at the most unexpected times.
  80. You do not have to excel at all of these to be a Ninja, just most of them (the quietness is required).You do not have to excel at all of these to be a Ninja, just most of them (the quietness is required).
  81. Believe it or not, there are actual ninja camps which you can go to and learn how to become a ninja. They have 2 week programs all the way up to 2 or 3 month programs. Imagine going away for a month, and then coming back...a ninja! This is a great way to immerse yourself full time in the art and go through the day to day training.Believe it or not, there are actual ninja camps which you can go to and learn how to become a ninja. They have 2 week programs all the way up to 2 or 3 month programs.   Imagine going away for a month, and then coming back…a ninja! This is a great way to immerse yourself full time in the art and go through the day to day training.
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