Natural Intuition
Martin Clarke is a black belt ninjutsu practitioner who was a professional soldier, and during his time in the Military he went on manoeuvres in Asia. During these experiences he had cause to use his intuition skills on several occasions. He talks here with Sensei Roy about what happened.

Sensei Roy : Martin I understand you had some experiences with intuition. Could you share some with us ?

Mr. Clarke : Well, one time my section was on a jungle exercise, following trails. We had just come into contact with a friendly enemy force. But because we were a smaller strength we had to retreat, and as we were retreating I had a strong feeling that the enemy was actually following us. I couldn’t see them and I couldn’t hear them, but I just knew that they were there.

Apparently the enemy had been directed by their platoon commander to follow us and attack as soon as they had the opportunity. But because I was so alert and constantly on the lookout for any movement, the platoon commander called off the attack.

The enemy just couldn’t get close enough to launch their offensive.

Sensei Roy : Did you have any other experiences with intuition?

Martin : All the time. After a week or so in the jungle I became very aware of everything around me.

I could even sense the animals. It was as though I was connected with the jungle. It was such a new experience for me.

There was no opportunity to actually sit down and meditate because I had to adhere to all the military guidelines for conduct in the field. But after a while I just connected with the environment.

As part of our simple survival training we were dropped on a beach which was defined as enemy territory, and we had to make our way up into the hills and survive for several days without taking any food or water.

I used my intuition to find food and water. I even knew when it was going to rain, so I could collect water or find shelter. Being able to predict the weather was extremely useful in the jungle because you can’t see the sky, the jungle canopy is too dense.

Sensei Roy : So how did you find food and water?

Martin : I would tell the others that I was going for a walk. Not many people understand the concept of "intuition", so I didn’t bother trying to explain what I was doing. I would just start walking and trust my "inner knowing" to guide me to the right place.

A lot of the water holes that were around weren’t good for drinking, so my intuition really served me well.

Sensei Roy : What about when you were on leave in the city. Did your intuition prove useful then too?

Martin : Several times. There was one situation at a Fun Park. I was with an army friend and we were having a look around.

My friend was standing in line to buy something, and I suddenly felt uncomfortable. I turned to look behind me, and saw four locals.

As I looked at them I could feel that their intent was to get our money or something. My friend was totally unaware of this at the time, and he took his wallet out of his pocket. He actually didn’t have much money, but his wallet was thick with papers and cards and things, so it looked as though he was carrying quite a lot of cash.

At that point I felt the gang’s intent increase so much that I told my friend that we were about to be in danger. He was totally unaware of what was happening.

I said "Right, just follow me. We’ll get out of this." We started walking away. I said "Don’t look, don’t look." I knew that they were following and getting closer, I could feel their intent.

I told him "The only way that we are going to get out of this easily is to suddenly turn and walk straight through them." He thought I was crazy at the time.

When I said "Now, let’s do it", we turned and walked back through them. They were surprised, caught off guard, and just dispersed.

Sensei Roy : Your sudden offensive action took away the element of surprise, and broke their intent to attack.

Martin : Yes, it took away their advantage of a group assault.

Another situation happened in a bar, late one night.

A few army friends and I were sitting at a table having a drink. One of the guys had unfortunately been rude to some of the locals.

As we sat and talked, I got a strong feeling that something was about to happen. I looked around the bar and was drawn to three locals who were sitting at a table about four metres away. I could feel their intent, but my friend had no idea that a fight was about to start.

Sensei Roy : What did you do?

Martin : I knew that if everything looked easy for them, they would attack. So I turned my chair in their direction, put my hand on a beer bottle and just looked at them. They looked at me, and realised that I knew what they were up to. Nothing physical happened. They just insulted us, but we didn’t respond. I just sat there, looked at them and smiled.

Sensei Roy : An all-knowing smile of "combat readiness" no-doubt.

Martin : (smiles)

Sensei Roy : In both those situations you applied a non-physical confrontation to break your opponents’ emotional balance. You demonstrated a complete lack of fear. Congratulations.

Mr. Clarke : Thank you. There was another situation when I was being followed in one of the shopping centres. I used the same tactic there too.  I had been walking around for a while when I suddenly felt that I was being followed. At first I thought that I was just being paranoid, but then I realised that someone was actually following me.

Sensei Roy : What did you do?

Martin : I decided to catch him out. I walked along for a bit, then turned a corner and waited for him.

Sure enough, he followed me around the corner. He was certainly surprised to suddenly come face to face with me. His element of surprise was gone.

I didn’t say anything, I just gave him a look that told him that I knew he was following me.

For a moment he tried to make out that he was looking in the shop window, but then he just turned away and walked off.

Sensei Roy : Taking away an opponent’s advantage of a surprise attack is certainly an effective strategy. It can make them feel suddenly vulnerable.

Martin : I just projected strong intent (combat attitude), and that was the end of the confrontation. It never got physical.

Sensei Roy : What advice would you give to kyu-grade practitioners who are striving to develop their intuition?

Martin : Exactly what you keep telling us Sensei. It’s a natural and very valuable skill to have, and they should practice it with realism.

Each time they do a sensory exercise, they should imagine it’s a real attack, then calm their mind.

This is the only way to prepare for a real situation. It’s not a matter of success or failure each time you practice a sensory exercise. It’s a matter of discovering that you are connected with everything around you.

It’s a natural skill, but you must learn to recognise the difference between your intuition and your imagination.  And it's important that your partner exude an aggressive intent, with both their mind and their heart.  The more real it is for your partner, the more real it will be for you.

Sensei Roy : Martin, thank you for sharing those experiences. I'm sure that other ninjutsu practitioners will find them interesting.

Martin : Thank you for teaching me how to develop my natural intuition.


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