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Ninja Training - Beginner's Guide To Throwing Stars

Dec 29, 2007
Some weapons will cross martial art systems, but the throwing star is exclusively associated with ninja training. The depiction of the use of throwing stars in movies, also known as shurikens, makes it look very easy, but for a beginner, having any accuracy at all with a throwing star requires considerable practice.

The key to mastering throwing stars, as with any kind of ninja training is practice, and lots of it. The key to safe practice is having a well-constructed target with lots of space around it and no people or property that can be damaged anywhere within the range of the thrown star or a ricochet. I suggest using pine boards attached to a sheet of plywood. It's a good idea to have a total target size at least 4 feet square to minimize lost stars from wild throws. The bigger your target the better when your are a beginner. You can of course draw a smaller target or attach a smaller target on the large one when you are ready to work for more accuracy.

While Hollywood usually shows ninjas throwing stars much like you would a frisbee with a side-arm motion, this technique is extremely difficult to achieve accuracy with. If you are committed to throwing stars side-arm, give yourself a huge amount of room around your target to allow for the fact that some throws will miss by a long way. Also take into consideration that with this technique, the time you spend looking for your lost stars may significantly reduce your overall ninja training time.

To develop throwing accuracy relatively fast, and to get the most efficient use of your ninja training time, I recommend that beginners work on learning to throw stars overhand, similar to the technique used for throwing knives.

If you do go with the overhand technique, I suggest setting up your target with pine boards aligned so that the grain of the wood is perpendicular to the ground. This will make it easier for the stars to stick in the target rather than bounce off.

When starting to throw your stars, I suggest standing approximately twenty feet from the target. This will be relatively close to allow you to hit the target consistently and gain confidence, but it is still far enough away that ricochets are not likely to do any serious harm if you get hit. Eye protection is a good idea just in case.

In order to develop accuracy in a short amount of time, it is important to learn to focus on your target. With the eye on the side of your throwing arm, look straight ahead at the target and keep your eye focused intently on the target at all times.

Holding the star (not too tightly!) between your thumb and index finger, you next raise your arm straight out in front of you to bring the star into your line of vision between your eye on your throwing arm side and the target. Bring your throwing hand above your head, keeping your upper arm still and just bending your elbow. Be sure to focus in again on the target and then quickly bring your hand forward and down and release the star at the instant it enters your line of vision between your eye and the target. Practice and repetition will now be the key to getting accuracy and skill, just as with any other aspect of ninja training.

As you get used to the feel of the technique and start to improve, you can increase the difficulty by either throwing at a smaller target, or you can increase the distance between you and the target. If you are going to increase distance to the target, be careful not to go too far and wind up trying to "muscle" the throw, as this will drastically reduce your accuracy.

Repetition and practice will greatly improve your accuracy with throwing stars. For many, throwing stars becomes one of the favorite parts of ninja training.
About the Author
Shuri Ken is an avid practitioner of the ninja arts. To obtain more beginner's training tips on throwing stars and other ninja weapons and techniques, he recommends you visit ninja training .
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