Authentic Ninjutsu and Samurai Bujutsu from Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson (宗家 暗主)

Anshu Christa Jacobson – Shoninki Study Part 5


Photo – Woodblock Print: Japanese Village in the rain.

Entering the Enemies House

Despite the unease feeling that a shinobi will have of gaining access into the enemy’s house, the house has already been scouted very well, and this is the shinobi’s primary duties.

Many times to seem less suspicious depending on the situation, the ninja would pretend to be sick at the front gate, this will help him gain access into the house and he can ask for medicine. It is not advisable to pretend to be drunk, as you may not receive any help.

Once they help, and you are starting to feel better, you need to ask to talk to the head master to thank him, from here you should leave the house.

Come back with a gift for the headmaster to show your thanks for his kind deeds, from here you can draw closer to the inhabitants.

If you bring gifts for the kids, you should do this in private first, also you help around the house too to take away the pains, don’t separate the jobs of men and women, just help out as much as you can until you have reached a good level of trust from everyone in the house.

At this point you are moving freely in the house of the enemy, and are now in the position to do your job as a shinobi in the house of the enemy, no matter if it is gathering information or anything else that your master as told you to do.


“Metal tends to adopt to fire,..
Men seek to conform to what they say,…
The nightingales beak eats nothing in the flower,…
It only delights in its delicious aroma.”




To learn an area the Shinobi should be able to observe it from a correct distance to gather the information that he / she needs. In territory you intend to reconnoiter, you should mingle with the servants and pass yourself off as a merchant, and remain in the same places for 2-3 days.

To count the number of houses you should fill both of your sleeves with a number of beans or small stones and place them in your sleeve one by one as you are passing by the houses. The right sleeve is for the houses on the right and the left is for the left.

This techniques is also used when passing by soldiers, horseman and lancers, as well as counting horses on roads and small bridges.

It is possible that you are in a position to not get a count, however, never loose track of what your goals are, always be nice, award gifts if needed and get in the good grace of those that can get your the information that you need to help carry out the mission.

(there are many interpretations of this book, this is my personal interpretations; I hope that this can help you in your training.)


I hope that these words from Natori can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo

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