Moving Like A Ninja

Stephen Hayes column
The martial art of To-Shin Do is an up-dating of the ancient art of Japan’s ninja. 1500s Japan had its own distinct culture, legal system, social formation, ways of moving, and codes of morality – all quite different from those of 2020s America. I took the practice forms and guiding principles of historical ninja taijutsu and adapted them to better fit the 21st century in the West. Modern attackers use a distinctive approach to causing trouble. They have a predictable verbal lead-up. They move quickly and erratically, throwing looping punches and ducking in for full body takedowns. Street scrappers are likely armed with a knife, if not a handgun. The

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