My ninjutsu days are long behind me. But their influence resonates down to the present and permeates every aspect of my life.

I still approach my training from that mindset. I think like a ninja, observe the street like a ninja, and I still strive towards mastery every day, in every action. You’ve gotta keep yer sword sharp and your wits even sharper if you want to survive that game!

No, I don’t mean  I walk around in a black hood. Or wear a weapon-stuffed utility belt. Or pop up from behind the shrubbery to frighten the postman. Not that often, anyway.

Rather, it’s a way of looking at the world, a sense of strategy. And I’m going to share some of that with you — as long as you can keep a secret 😉

One of the coolest things I studied back then were methods of falling — how to pour myself across the floor like molten plastic, from even the nastiest throw. And all of it was based on ancient mobility and flexibility exercises. If your body wasn’t limber, then it was brittle. And brittle things shatter when they meet a hard surface. (This applies just as readily to your ideas and “theories” as it does to your body. Think about that!)

The short video tutorial I’m sharing with you today is from my Forbidden Fitness Secrets. I’ve compiled the best of what I learned from the legendary “shadow warriors,” processed it through the filter of modern sport science, and distilled that essence down like a fine gin. It’s crisp, it’s effective, and it hits you right in the Third Eye.

The movement series presented here will prep you for more advanced hands-free ground engagement material. It’s your first step to getting knocked down and popping right back up like a damned movie zombie.

Give it a try and let me know how you did.

If you want that shadow warrior edge, my Forbidden Fitness Secrets of a Modern Day Ninja Warrior will give it to you — or my name isn’t Hattori Hanzo.