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Ninjutsu Vs Mixed Martial Arts – How a Ninja Won UFC #3



Did you know that a ninja student won a UFC championship? It is true.

He was in UFC # 3: “The American Dream”, and his name was Steve Jennum. In fact, Jennum was the only person, other than Royce Gracie, to win a UFC championship at the time.

So how did Ninja come out on top against all those highly skilled and experienced fighters? This article discusses the key points that helped win it. Use this, not as a guide to how to win, but as a way to understand the difference between how most people think of winning, and how a ninjutsu art practitioner thinks of it.

Initially, Steve Jennum was an alternate – not one of the primary fighters.

What that means is that he didn’t have to go against other fighters before he reached the final against powerhouse fighter Harold Howard. This let him be fresh, and ready on every level.

But don’t let that make you believe that Jennum won just because Howard was tired and he wasn’t.

In the open forest of the round, Howard, though he had just won his own fight before facing Jennum, was still driven and ready to go. This was clear when he unloaded a punch on which he should blow the Ninja around the octagon!

But, what happened next, not only did he change the fight, but he impressed Howard so I can see his response today.

When Howard slammed Jennum with the same power punch that allowed him to win countless fights before, Steve used a basic move in the Ninja Arsenal that Howard had never seen. When the punch hit Jennum squarely in the head, his body was already moving – pulling back into the Ninja’s ichimonji no kamae.

This strategic move of the body allowed Jennum to get the punch without much damage. And, when Howard stopped, he was confused by the outcome of what should have been a consequence – Jennum’s counter attacked and handed the fight to Howard. In the world of ninpo-taijutsu, “the body art of the ninja,” this measure used the ninja sui no kata the ‘water method’ of strategic defense.

Pulling back and then going back in with the full power strikes of the body – like the movement of the sea as it pulls out from the shore but rolls over itself, gathers power, and crashes back in against the rocks – came Jennum as UFC champion # 3. Instead of relying on random movements that required strength, speed or normal power …

UFC ninja won # 3 with technique taught to basic students in ninjutsu art!

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