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Agility is, of course, crucial to the training of a ninja. The ninja actually train their agility with a complex – and extremely enjoyable – obstacle course that is set up in each ninja training area. Every morning, each ninja practices on this obstacle course for a bare ten minutes. But since this is done every morning, throughout the ninja’s life, it maximizes the ninja’s agility.
However, it is unlikely that you have access to such a composite and varied obstacle course, and so you must build your agility through various exercises, one of which is leaping.
Various kinds of leaping are part of the initial training in agility that is a part of the BASIC EXERCISES. Three types of leaping are taught in the videos and text tutorials below - please study them all carefully.
...VIEW THIS VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO BEGIN YOUR TRAINING AT NINJA LONG LEAPS...
The first kind of leaping is long-range leaping. This is how you do it…
Build up speed in a run – this is crucial, for this speed is what gives your leap its range – and then kick off on one leg and land in a run. It is important to land in a run, because if you land in a ‘dead halt’ the speed of a long range leap will result in your hurting your ankles.
The best way to train at long range leaping is to gradually increase the speed of your run and the distance that you jump over a period of several weeks to give your ankles time to build in strength.
...VIEW THIS VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO BEGIN YOUR TRAINING AT NINJA HEIGHT JUMPING...
This is useful in clearing low obstacles, though some people can attain considerable height in such leaps.
The run is NOT important in such a leap, though you can take a small run if it makes you feel comfortable. Simply tie a rope to two points, or have two friends hold a rope, and jump over it. It is best if the rope is tied so that it will fall to the ground if your foot is caught in it, or else instruct your friends to let go of the rope if your foot is caught in it. Train safely.
The best way to train at height leaping is to start out with a low height and gradually increase the height over a few weeks so that you can build the muscular strength in the legs that such leaps require.
...VIEW THIS VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO BEGIN YOUR TRAINING AT NINJA WALL LEAPING...
Wall leaping is actually a combination of height and long range leaping, as it trains you in clearing obstacles.
You will require a small run for this leap. Have two friends hold two ropes about a foot apart and clear both ropes in a single leap. Observe common-sense safety while training at this.
Over time, you can increase the space between the ropes to up to three feet.
SAFETY WARNING FOR REAL LIFE OBSTACLE LEAPING
It is extremely foolish to leap over a wall before knowing what is on the other side. There may be a ditch on the other side of the wall. It is a common trap among ninja dojos to place a thirty foot (or nine meter) drop behind a simple, easy to leap wall. An opponent, thinking to clear the wall in an easy leap, can be trapped by his own actions. Beware. Style in movement is meaningless to a ninja. Do not be a show-off. Move EFFECTIVELY, EFFICIENTLY. Be safe, be careful, survive. And then, in survival, limit the survival of your opponents.
This is the way of the Ninja.
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