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ARUKI

It is said that for centuries in Japan, a warrior’s method of walking was practiced early on by treading on rice paper. In the case of the ninja, if one could walk without tearing the rice paper, it was believed that he could walk anywhere without making a noise. For all warriors practicing the arts of combat though, the rate and rhythm of walking was to be neither be slow nor fast. One was required to walk as in daily life, without rupture. One always had to be centered, neither too slow, neither too rapid, neither too short, nor too far. Erratic rhythm in walking would show that one was surprised or unnerved. Slowness showed that one was afraid to face the enemy. Whatever the situation, a warrior was taught to never be destabilized.
Thus, it was about a walk which would not betray a warrior’s level of knowledge in the techniques of combat. This was of extreme importance, because to know how to pass unperceived in order to be able to observe the movements of a potential enemy has always been an essential aspect of the practice of the techniques of combat.