"Master, which is better, fight or flight - which is favored in Gyokku ninjutsu training?
Could you tell me the best tactics to use in battle?"
The answer to this question depends on whether you consider yourself a warrior - or not. If you are not a warrior, then certainly, running is by far the best tactic - combined with awareness.
But even for a warrior, mobility and agility confer a MASSIVE advantage. Read on, to understand how...
For the warrior, running means mobility, and mobility allows you to use complex strategies. For example, if faced with a large group of enemies, you could - if you are trained in tactical running - run from them, using your greater endurance to tire them out, leaving them less able to fight. This strategy will also 'space them out', allowing you to hide and ambush them one at a time, rather than fighting all of them at once.
Remember these lessons well, my student - they mean survival.
I recommend that people train at the 'sprint followed by endurance running' - engage in daily runs in which you sprint for a hundred meters, then run at a slower pace for at least 400 meters - and continue this pattern, repeating it again and again until you are utterly unable to continue. Do it day after day, trying to continue it for longer and longer periods. This training allows one overwhelming tactical mobility in combat.
So as you can see, Ninjutsu training is not just about 'fight or flight' - it is about using composite battle tactics to achieve victory!
And then there is the ability to take to the rooftops - read on, after the message below...
This is crucial to the ninja. In a knapsack or bag, carry a small collapsible grapple hook with a lightweight, compact cord that is at least thirty feet long, and if possible longer - the ultimate length I leave to you. The cord should be as thin and flexible as possible, while being able to support your weight.
When engaged in tactical mobility against several attackers, you can put some distance between you and your opponents, run around a corner of a block of buildings, and use the grapple hook to take to the roof tops, either lying low or descending at the opposite side of a building, or even moving from building to building. You might even use the massive mobile capability you have - after all you can easily cross over small buildings - to ambush your foes.
All this is useful even for the experienced martial artist. After all, even the experienced combatant may 'choose the battleground' if they have the mobility to do so. And fighting on the battleground of one's own choice can be the difference between victory and defeat.
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