Photo taken from the 2011 Shinobi Stealth Camp!
SHINOBI-IRI (忍び入り;stealth entering methods)
HOKOJUTSU (歩行術; art of walking techniques)
KO ASHI (小足;small step)
Ko Ashi (small step) this is part of “hokojutsu” (art of walking techniques) and also is trained and classified as “senkojutsu” (art of infiltrating walking techniques).
This is a small stabbing step that is used to move silently through shallow water, high grassy area or dry leaves. The objective of the technique is to get the foot beneath the surface without causing any unnatural noise.
Make sure that you maintain a low hip position keeping your hips pointed at the targeted position. As you step down, keep your toe pointed straight down and penetrate through the foliage and onto the surface. As your toes hit the ground, slightly lower your heal to the ground place your weight on that foot. From here, relax and move to the next step; this is ko-ashi.
The artistic image is that of a crane walking and picking it’s way through the wild terrain.
I hope that you all enjoy today’s lesson!
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