One kind of throwing weapon is the ninja star. Their common name is shuriken, which translates to "hand weapon." In Japan's feudal era, ninjas used these weapons. Ninjas frequently carry them on their bodies and use them as a self defense weapon. The "spine," a sharp point at the end of the throwing star, is made to cling to objects it encounters before emerging again. 

Stars can be thrown in a variety of shapes, but they are usually four points and flat (like a diamond). They are shaped in a variety of ways, some more popular than others. Though stars come in a variety of forms, they are all characterized by spikes. These spikes and the points they are on make it easy to stick into something. It is simple to stick into something with these spikes and the points they are on. The star is thousands of years old, and it has a long history. 

Found in northern Iraq, the largest throwing star ever discovered is thought to have originated circa 15th century BC. Its length is estimated to be eleven inches (28 cm). "Lighter stars were made from wood, heavier ones were made from metal...there was some skill in getting a good heavy star to spin fast enough so that it would fly straight and true," a Smithsonian Institution research paper on Shuriken states. Square, flat, and teardrop-shaped blades were among the other shuriken shapes.

Ninja Star: Throwing Tips and Techniques

A legendary throwing weapon is ninja stars. They're surprisingly strong for their size and weight. They function by essentially pushing the star back into your hand via the return trajectory when thrown quickly and precisely enough.

For one basic reason, ninja stars have become less common despite their exceptional combat value: they are difficult to locate! The good news is that you can stop worrying about that!  Ninja stars can be thrown in a variety of ways, which when combined can produce lethal ninja weapons. The top 5 ninja star-throwing techniques will be covered in detail in this article:

1. Throwing in Centrifugal Motion

The ninja star swerves and spins during this throw, making it challenging for an opponent to seize it. It's simple. To create your desired star shape, take a pencil or any other round object that is the same size and weight. Grasping it horizontally in the palm of your hand, you release it with a quick flick of the wrist, causing it to spin around until it reaches its maximum speed. 

The speed at which something spins determines how centrifugal force acts on it as well as how quickly and far off course an object thrown from a point close to its edge will fly when released. I will say that a spinning pencil exerts very little centrifugal force. I can now understand that after playing with some of my action figures recently and witnessing them leap out of my hand when I threw them. 

An action figure would just fall on their face if you did the same to them while they were in your hands. Because their mass is being held by your hand, which creates a great deal of pressure, akin to what happens when you squeeze a football or basketball, so little force is felt. Simply hold it closer if you want to throw it harder. That is all.

2. Throwing as a Drill

The ninja takes one step forward and then throws his star backward, then walks back one more step and repeats. This drill is called the "ninja spins" and it helps with throwing techniques. Ninjas are not just known for their deadly skills, but also their ability to perform a series of difficult physical actions in order to train. Ninja star throwing is one such exercise. Despite the move's apparent complexity, anyone can perform it by following these instructions: 

The ninja advances one step, tosses his star back, retreats one step further, and repeats. "Ninja spins" is the name of this throwing exercise that improves technique. Selecting a worthy target is necessary before you get started. Before you throw, focus your eyes for 20 seconds while standing about 10 feet away from the target. You ought to practice throwing at a speed that feels natural to you.

Before releasing the star, it could be helpful to shout "please"; doing so should help you avoid any mishaps. It's crucial to maintain your entire body motionless and your attention on the target while throwing. As you use your lower body to strike the target, your upper body should stay motionless. A ninja can throw a star with accuracy and it will travel about 50 feet per second and arrive at its target in less than two seconds.

3. Throwing From a Fixed Position

Pairs of hands can be used to bring the star up into the air in different patterns, depending on the amount of rotation being offered up by the ninja's body. The total rotation can be anywhere from 360 degrees to 720 degrees or more (depending on how much strength is put into the throw).

The way the throwing motion is done is important when looking at landing techniques. The ninja must bring the ninja star as high as possible so that its tip is pointing directly up toward the sky, and then he/she must throw the star down with all of his/her power to land it as accurately and as hard as possible.

4. Throwing While Moving

This is the most commonly used form of throwing a ninja star, as it is easy and quick to do. This throw uses centrifugal and drill motions to attack with maximum force. It all starts with the grip. First, you need to hold the shuriken or throwing star in your palms, with your fingers curled around it. Your thumb should be on top of the blade and your fingers should be underneath it. 

Make sure you’re gripping the shuriken firmly; if you just let go of it, chances are that it will fly out into the air at an angle and not stick into whatever target you were aiming for. Once you have your grip down, you need to make sure that the star is facing straight up.

To throw this star, all that needs to be done is to lean your body forward and snap the star out of your hand. You should throw it like you throw a baseball; with enough force behind it so that it sticks into whatever target you're aiming at. This will teach you very quickly which way rotating the shuriken will stick when thrown correctly, as well as how far off-target throwing a shuriken will go with the wrong rotation.

5. Throwing in a Sideways Direction

This throw is done by rotating the throwing arm so that the palm faces away from the target. The hand snaps to throw the star with gravity. To throw a ninja star in a sideways direction, first, find a flat surface on which to place your throwing stars and other objects. Next, hold the object in your dominant hand by its base (the part where the blades of the throwing star come out) with both of your hands together. 

Finally, with one swift movement, propel the weapon upwards from there as you're simultaneously rotating it around your body so that you're going horizontally. This move is called “windmill throwing” and ensures that you don't hit anything except for whatever it is that you were aiming for.

Be Careful With Ninja Throwing Stars!

A ninja star is a traditional weapon used by the ninja. The star consists of a metal blade with one or two handles on either end of the blade, connected to a metal shaft. They were originally developed during the late Muromachi Period, as one of three weapons (the other two being the naginata and the ninja sword) that make up what is known as "The Three Weapons of Kagemaru".

You'll get more accuracy when throwing them if there's room around your target. Some people have attempted to toss it in front of them, I've seen. There isn't really a straight line in it. Try not to stray too far to the side and make use of your peripheral vision. Every star should have a purpose, so when you aim it straight at an object, make sure the point will pass through or at the very least make contact with something.

You might also want to practice throwing them, just like you would with anything else. If the first one fails because you slammed the door on your fingers or something else, it takes time and effort. It helps prepare you for the moment when you truly need the ninja star for real someday.