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Throwing Stars

The mystic ninja of feudal Japan. The image conjures up thoughts of a spec ops soldier of modern times. With their nearly invisible approach and lethal skills, these stealthy warriors instilled fear in their enemies. Their arsenal of weapons were vast but the hallmark of the ninja's existence was the shuriken or throwing star. These metal multi bladed weapons were thrown at the enemy to inflict injury and cause confusion and chaos.

Throwing stars have multiple points with sharpened tips to allow them to stick into a target regardless of how it hits. Usually having between 4 and 6 points, there is always a blade that is facing forward when it impacts. There is even an eight point star below that increase your chances of a "stick".

Getting good at hitting where you want them to and making them stick is a fun activity to do whether by yourself or with friends. After a bit of practice, you'll be hitting and making them stick on every throw. You can create your own mark to toss them at or you can order yourself a ninja target board and be ready to go.

The throwing star or shuriken is the quintessential ninja weapon.  Other than the katana or sword and the nun-chaku, the throwing star has become a part of popular culture, appearing in many illustrations and films featuring ninjas.  In the hands of a trained and experienced user, the throwing star can be a very effective weapon of self-defense.  But to many who are not familiar with this small yet efficient tool, misuse can lead to unnecessary physical harm.  Can't wait to try your own set of shuriken?  Avoid common newbie mistakes and learn how NOT to use a throwing star:

Do NOT grip the throwing star in the palm of your hand

The throwing star is so named because it is shaped like a star.  Depending on the model, a star could have a minimum of 3 points to as many as 10 points.  Although a retailer will probably sell you a set with blunt blades, you are meant to sharpen them.  Only one with sharp ponits can stick in its target.  Otherwise, it's just as effective as throwing plastic saucers at an attacker.

Once the points have been sharpened, do not hold the star in your hand.  If you grip it too tightly, the points could cut your palms.  The star is meant to be held between two fingers -- usually the index and middle fingers -- and then thrown in the air at a target.

Do NOT use without knowing how

Just because you've seen how a throwing star is used on TV does not mean you can readily use it straight out of the box.  In most cases, you can't.  To safely and effectively utilize a throwing star during an attack, it's important that you practice the basic moves first.  Learn how to grip them correctly, twist or move your wrist so the angle of the throw changes.  Use the right amount of force depending on the distance.

Remember that throwing stars are meant to be nuisance weapons and can only stop an attacker momentarily.  If you can't use them correctly, you will not be able to take advantage of their benefits.

Do NOT try advanced moves without practicing the basics first

Be patient when learning to use for the first time.  Learn the basic moves first and practice faithfully.  Once you're comfortable with the throws and are hitting targets at least 80% of the time, only then should you attempt to use more advanced styles of using the shuriken.

Do NOT be careless when practicing with the throwing star

The steel throwing star is still a weapon.  Do NOT attempt to use it against an innocent person or animal for target practice.  It's not only irresponsible, it's also dangerous.  Furthermore, you will be breaking the law.