Sutemi

English name At the risk of ones life

This is from the Kata Togakure ryu Ninja Biken

This is from the Ryu Ha Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu

Sute-Mi (At the risk of ones life)

The technique means to hold the intention of sacrificing your own life. This technique is used for when you are faced with many enemies. The strategy here is to make the strongest looking person or the boss think that you are attacking them, and then quickly change to attack the weakest looking one - if you are circled, then this becomes the weakest area in the circle. You begin from Shizen no Kamae. Face the boss/strongest man and do Kiri Kaeshi (previous technique) but instead of finishing the technique, turn to cut down the weakest enemy with any of the techniques that you have learned. Issen Ken or Datou no Ken are best for this. This is a strategy more than a technique, however, it is an excellent way to practice flowing from one technique to another. Remember, the point of this technique is not to get caught up in a sword fight, the point is to escape.

Ninjutsu is like life!