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    I recently got a pair of ninja stars, but I don't know how to use them. I thought it was going to be easy but it's not, so can somebody tell me how to throw these things, or direct me to a website that cna help me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Arashikage
    I recently got a pair of ninja stars, but I don't know how to use them. I thought it was going to be easy but it's not, so can somebody tell me how to throw these things, or direct me to a website that cna help me.
    You can throw them sidearm like a frisbee, or overhand like a knife. The key is to practice, practice , practice. Get apiece of wood, and old solid wood door that is being junked is a good target. Mark a target off and start throwing. Make sure nobody can get hit by a bad throw.

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    Dennis,

    Actually forgot about that site. It is so stupid that it is actually very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Arashikage
    I recently got a pair of ninja stars, but I don't know how to use them. I thought it was going to be easy but it's not, so can somebody tell me how to throw these things, or direct me to a website that cna help me.
    I don't know about any websites, but all of the books on ninjutsu that I've read say that the sideways "frisbee" motion is the only correct way. I spent several months practicing this method, with little success. My throws often missed the target, and when they hit, they usually bounced right off due to lack of power. In frustration, one day I started chucking the shuriken overhand as hard as I could. Within seconds, I had demolished the board I was using as a target. Overhand just seems to be much more accurate and powerful. I honestly doubt that the ninja taught only one way to throw the shuriken; isn't the philosophy more along the lines of "whatever works?" Maybe it was just me, but I could have had a lot more fun during those months if I had tried experimenting earlier and doing what felt natural.
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    WHy not give the guy the correct answer rather than bullsh**ing him?

    Tommy,

    Shuriken were not originally designed to "stick" into a target. They were merely tools of distraction design to cut an enemy and bounce away.

    Dont focus on trying to stick the star... Concentrate on hitting the target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Chambers
    WHy not give the guy the correct answer rather than bullsh**ing him?

    Tommy,

    Shuriken were not originally designed to "stick" into a target. They were merely tools of distraction design to cut an enemy and bounce away.

    Dont focus on trying to stick the star... Concentrate on hitting the target.
    When I was a teenager, an adult student at our judo club would make shruikens from time to time. He was a welder by trade and would use left over pieces of steel to make the stars in various sizes and shapes. My judo partner and I were always pestering for more "stars". We would spend hours in his basement throwing them at an old door destined for the junk yard. It was solid wood. We figured out by trial and error that penetration power depended on speed of the throw, weight of the shruiken and the ability for a single point to make unobstructed contact as opposed to two points contacting at the same time. When two points contacted, you could tell by dents they made in the door, bounce off would happen more often. A larger star had more space between the points and more chance for single impact. They also had more momentum to effect an impact. It's really just physics.

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    I've been throwing these for about 25 years, but I can't hit squat sidearm. I throw them overhand and find that the most important thing for me is to begin the throw directly over the top of the head and ensure the shaken is perfectly vertical, a bit like the Negishi-Ryu's method of throwing bo shuriken. It is difficult starting out to figure out precisely when to release, but throwing in this method, even if the release time is a little off it will still strike the target down the center line.

    They're a lot of fun. Be safe, and happy throwing!

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    The only instruction I've ever had for them was to toss them "like a baseball"... funkiest baseball i've ever thrown, but not too bad for accuracy after a few pitches. seriously.
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    Jason Chambers in correct in his description of the technique, at least from what I've seen. The idea was that, if a shuriken "stuck" in an enemy, he could pull it out and use it, and that would be a bad thing.

    Plus, if they just cut him and flew away, he wouldn't know what it was that had nicked him, thus adding to the mystique of the ninja. And we all know from the Real Ultimate Power site how much mystique the ninja have.
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    Nevertheless, trying to stick a shuriken into a target is just a means of developing power and accuracy. If you can stick a shuriken into a small circle drawn on a piece of wood, then you can be reasonably sure that you can graze an enemy's arm with enough force to make him notice. I could hurl shuriken at a target all day and let them bounce off, but what does that prove?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Hayes
    Nevertheless, trying to stick a shuriken into a target is just a means of developing power and accuracy.
    Not neccessarily. You can work on your power by throwing heavier objects in a similar manner. Whether the thing sticks or not is not an indicator of accuracy. Hitting what you are aiming at is however.

    I could hurl shuriken at a target all day and let them bounce off, but what does that prove?
    If you are hitting the point on the target that you are aiming at, I'd say you would be getting pretty accurate... If you are throwing all day, I imagine your arm must get tired at some point.

    Try this drill... It's like a football drill:

    Instead of tryng to "stick" the shuriken in a board, cut holes in the board, varying in diameter, then try to throw the blades through the holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Hayes
    I could hurl shuriken at a target all day and let them bounce off, but what does that prove?
    Prove? What are you trying to prove? And to whom? I thought the question was about correct technique.

    So about technique: The point isn't to "let them bounce off," the point is to graze the enemy's arm, wrist, face or neck, in such a way as to distract him or disrupt his actions. The shuriken is supposed to go elsewhere, as in, off to one side. Shuriken are not intended as deadly weapons, generally speaking.

    Personally, If I were to spend all day throwing little stars at a piece of wood or something, I'm sure I'd want to make them stick. It would be more fun that way. But that wasn't the question.
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