People underestimate me. I've been called skinny, gangly and wiry; even though I'm tall, I don't have a lot of bulk to go with my height. Most people would put me in the "not a big hitter" category, and I've grown to accept that as part of my "public derby identity" which has worked well for me in the past and now, because people rarely see me coming, until it's too late.
|I was going to just put a black box....ha! Art by me.|
|Now that's a boutfit, Image found here.|
Unfortunately for ninjas, if you're really good at your job, someone will eventually notice the mayhem you're causing and you lose your ability to be invisible! That's when you need to don the helmet of the samurai and charge into battle. Samurai are the heroes of the track, and they are usually targeted by the other team as a threat. If you've lost your ability to be a sneaky ninja, then you need to step up as that threat on the track and be a distraction to the other team. Samurai don't hide what they do; they charge in and take all challengers on. But Q, I'm not that good! I need the sneaky! Don't worry, my warrior friend. Just being a distraction can be a huge help to your jammer on the track. Once you've been identified as someone who is getting something done, you are taking attention away from your jammer or from other blockers who can now enjoy the ninja role. Eventually, if you aren't effective as a samurai, the other team will stop targeting you and you can once again enjoy the perks of being a ninja.
It's a derby cycle I see play out over and over again. Sometimes I don't even see the ninja like feats of players on the track until I sit down and watch the footage! There are derby ninja on your team, and I bet you don't even see what amazing things they're doing. Don't just keep an eye on the samurai; be ready for that sneaky ninja attack!