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The Ashiko were spiked claws
that were worn on the feet. This
helped the Ninja climb faster and
more efficiently on their
missions. As well as a great
climbing aid, it could also be used
in combat to deliver deadly kicks.

BO (Staff)

The staff was one of the most
important weapons in the ninja's
arsenal. It was generally around 6
feet in length, made of hard
wood or bamboo and was hollow.
The reason for the hollow part
was another trick of the ninja
trade. By flicking the bow with
great speed, the ninja could
launch a poison tipped dart or
small knife out of the open end
of the staff, often catching the
opponent off guard.

BOW (Long & Short)

The bow and arrow was a
weapon used by the ninja as well
as the samurai. There were two
types of bows used, the short
bow and the long bow. The
arrows were sometimes dipped
in poison to make them deadlier.
Kunoichi (female ninja) were
experts with the bow and arrow.


A bokken is a wooden sword
usually used for sword training.
When a student begins to work
with a sword, he learns basic
maneuvers with a bokken.
However, the bokken can also be
used as an effective weapon
since it is made of strong, heavy
wood. In fact, many Ninja
preferred to use the bokken on
a mission than a regular sword.
The reasons for this are that a
bokken is lighter and easier to
carry, there is no risk of cutting
oneself, bokken are very easy to
camouflage since they can be
stained or painted, and, when
using proper techniques, a
bokken can easily break bones
and damage internal organs.


This weapon is a 2 foot long
straight stick, with a 2-1/2 chain
attached to the top with a ball
with spikes. This weapon is
considered to be the japanese
morning star. The chain could be
fitted in side the stick like the
Kusari-Gama/Kama, and used as
a mace.


The ninja would use the poison
darts differently depending on
the situation. It was not
uncommon for the ninja to carry
poison darts in his mouth so
they could be blown into the
enemy's face at close range. If
they needed to kill someone
quietly, a dart could easily enter
the body and be withdrawn
without leaving a mark. From a
distance the dart could be shot
with a blowgun.
Kunoichi (female ninja) would hide
the poisonous darts in their hair.
When the victim was
preoccupied with something else,
the ninja would stick them with
the dart.


The fukiya, or blowgun, was a
staple in the Ninja's arsenal since
it was so versatile.
The fukiya was used to shoot
darts (sometimes poisoned) at
an enemy from a distance and,
since it made almost no noise,
the Ninja's hiding place wasn't
threatened by using this weapon.
Aside from launching darts, the
blowgun could be used as a
snorkel while the Ninja was
underwater. Since the fukiya was
made of bamboo, it blended in
with the reeds in the water,
therefore enabling the Ninja to
stay submerged for hours, if
Metsubishi could also be
delivered through the fukiya by
shooting small paper containers
filled with pepper and metal
shavings at an enemy's face.


A bo 3 feet in length can be
concealed as a cane. Can be used
like a bokken. May also conceal
things inside, like a sword blade
or a chain.


This weapon looks like a sai
mounted on top of a jo. The Hoko
was mostly made out of bamboo
and was a very good offensive,
as well as a very good defensive
weapon. It was used in a stabbing
motion, there are some variants
of this weapon.


The Naginata is a long staff with
a blade attached to one end.


The Kakute were rings that the
kunoichi wore that were dipped in
poison. The rings could be made
out of metals, and tempered
wood. The ninja would quietly
strangle enemies with the ring
stuck in their neck. It was far
less messy then using a sword,
and left very little evidence on
how the victim died.


Kama are the basis of the
kusari-gama. Kama is just the
sickle on it's own. They are
usually used in pairs and swung in
various arcs, crescents etc.
All sorts of slashing motions
combined with the forward
momentum of the ninja they can
cause some devastating
damage. The blade of the Kama
is roughly around 11-12 inches.
The handle is slightly longer.
Original sickles had a longer blade
and shorter handle.


The Neko-te were usually used
by the kunoichi (female ninja).
The weapon is strong iron
fingernails that were fastened
into leather bands fitted on the
fingers, and resembled claws
(not like that of of the shuko,
ashiko) and were also dipped in
poisons. The eyes were a
favorite spot for slashing.


The Kusari-gama is a
combination of a sickle (short
scythe) and a long chain with a
weight attached to the end of it.
The sickle was used in a slashing
or stabbing motion, as well as
used to block and hook
opponents weapons. By holding
the chain portion of the weapon,
the sickle could be swung around
to get a greater reach with it.
The chain portion of the weapon
was most often used for
trapping an enemy or his
weapon. Once tangled up with the
chain, the ninja could finish him
off with the sickle. This was a
weapon the ninja invented out of
farming tools they used.


The Kyoketsu-shogei was a knife
attached to one end of a long
cord made of women's or horse
hair, or sometimes chain. On the
other end of the cord was a ring.
The knife could be used in close
quarters or swung around by
holding on to the ring.


The Manriki Gusari was a chain
usually about 3 feet long, and
weighted at both ends. It was
developed as a self-defence
weapon but was also a wicked
offensive weapon in the hands of
a ninja. It was small and easily
concealed in the palm of the
ninja's hand, or in a sash.
While holding one end of the
chain, it could be swung around
and used as a whip. The weighted
end could cause a great deal of


Though not a primary weapon of
the Ninja, nunchakus (also known
as "nunchucks") were used
because they could be adapted
for many situations. Aside from
being easy to carry, the
nunchakus were used to defend
against most any weapon from a
bo to a sword. By trapping the
blade of a sword with the chain
between the two sticks, a Ninja
could entangle and disarm a
sword-wielding attacker.
The same concept applies to
almost every other weapon. The
nunchakus were not just used
for defense, they could also be
effectively employed against an
enemy in an offensive way. The
Ninja could strangle an opponent
or even execute joint locks with
the chain or cord between the
two sticks.
Don't bother emailing with your
nunchaku hate, got plenty
already. Ninja may or may not
have used with it.


The Ono, or battle axe, was a
very powerful weapon used to
smash through castle gates,
knock opponents off their
horses or totally destroy anyone
attempting to fight with a lesser
weapon. The Ono was generally 4
feet long with a heavy, oversized
steel blade.
The weight of this weapon
demanded great skill from the
user in battle.


A shobo was a small weapon that
was used for striking pressure
points within the body, the neck
was the best place to strike. It
was a ring fitted on the middle
finger and a piece of sharp/dull
wood attached, there are many
variants of this weapon.


The Shuriken is the trade mark
ninja weapon made famous by
the movies and stories about
the ninja. The Shuriken was
simply a flat piece of metal with
sharpened points that were
thrown at the enemy.
The Shuriken was not originally
designed as a killing weapon. It
was mostly used to distract or
deter so the ninja could escape.
While in the midst of a get-away,
the Shuriken could be thrown at
the samurai chasing the ninja,
possibly making the samurai
think twice about continuing the
Although the Shuriken was not
intended to kill, it was easily
made lethal by dipping the edges
in poison. This was effective, but
sometimes it backfired when the
ninja would accidentally cut
himself while digging around for
it, thus poisoning himself.
Shuriken were also designed to
hit the opponent then bounce
away out of sight. This way a
ninja could fool an unsuspecting
guard or sentry into believing he
had been cut by an invisible
swordsmen. (One of many
mental tricks)


The tanto, or knife, was an
important weapon in the ninja's
arsenal. Like the ninja-to, the
tanto was not made of the high
quality steel that the samurai's
sword was but the ninja made up
for this by using the tanto as a
multi-purpose tool.
The tanto was used to ...

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