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The Ninja Bow - Esotericism in the Asian Martial Arts

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Within the very traditionalist and often ceremonial world of the asian martial arts simple things, such as a ceremonial bow, can be very important; in the case of the Ninja bow this is doubly true. Within the simple bow of the Ninja warrior is enfolded, or implicated, a great deal of their powerful philosophy and teachings. This is very appropriate, given that the esoteric martial arts in general deal not with the explicit - forms, techniques, muscular strength and so on - but with the implicit - that which is hidden from sight, but is nonetheless contained within the outer forms and movements.

It is particularly instructive to compare the ceremonial bow of the Ninja with the traditional bow of the Kung Fu practitioner. They are very similar in form and meaning but with one very important difference. In the kung fu 'sun and moon' bow the right hand forms a fist, and the left had is held open with the fingers pointing upwards and the palm pushed up against the fist made by the right hand. The Ninja bow is exactly the same except that the fingers of he left hand are folded down over the fist to enclose it.

In both of these gestures the right hand, made into a fist, represents the sun; the left hand in each case is representative of the moon. The sun represents the fiery energy at the centre of the practitioners world - it is the will, power and intention, the internal energy or Chi; it is singular and central. The moon represents the many outer forms which reflect and contain this energy - knowledge, techniques, movements and so on. In kung fu the practitioner tries to unify the sun and moon; to harmonise the inner energies of the mind and of the body's Chi with the outer movements of kung fu technique. Whilst this is also true of ninjustsu there is also an additional element - the sun (right fist) is covered, or hidden, by the moon (left palm). Thus the Ninja seeks to conceal his intentions, his force, and the inner meaning of his movements within the outer forms of his techniques, and thereby to deceive and manipulate his opponent, controlling their responses to suit his own ends.

There are many ways in which that may be done, and I shall make every effort to reveal as many as possible of them to you here, starting with the most simple and basic and moving on the the more advanced later:

The Ninja Doctrine of Controlling and Limiting Options

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