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Originated in China and mastered by the Japanese, the shuriken (literally “hand hidden blade”), was mainly taught as a minor, or more correctly, a secret part of the martial arts.
Ninjas were assassins, and this tactical tool was known for being most artistic and most lethal, an asset for a silent warrior.
Since ninjas were taught this art in secret and the lessons and techniques guarded fervently, very little historical documentation exists on the art of the shuriken.
We do know that they were favored for distraction, or incapacitation of a foe. Having striking points on all sides, a ninja could easily disable an enemy with one quick flick of the wrist, rendering his opponent unable to wield his own weapon, leaving the ninja with the upper hand.
The art of wielding the shuriken is known as shuriken-jutsu. Constant practice made the shuriken instinctive to the Ninja, who, it was rumored, could hit a target as small as a dime at ranges of up to 30 feet.