Thumb Wrestling Styles & Tactics

Published on July 1st, 2017 | by UK Thumb Wrestling


Thumb Wrestling Style Profiles: The Ninja

There are many ways to thumb wrestle, and former champions have used all kinds of styles to wrestle their way to the top.

We’ll be publishing a series of guides to different styles, so you can experiment and find out which style suits you best. So, without further ado, let’s get to today’s Thumb Wrestling Style Profile: The Ninja!


For those with quick and dexterous thumbs, the Ninja is a devastating tactic that can fell even the mightiest opposable digit.

To be a Ninja, keep your thumb moving, dancing back and forth around your opponent’s to tempt them into making an early attack. The aim is to bait your opponent into making a mistake, so that you can use your superior speed and wits to counter-attack and pin your opponent before they realise their own attempt has failed.

The trick to the Ninja is to keep moving, that way your opponent will likely only score a glancing hit. When their thumb falls, you must strike like lighting and move in for the pin.

Ninja Thumb Training Tips:

If you want to learn the Ninja style, then you’ll want to work on speed and reaction time. In addition to practicing against a variety of opponents, try playing blindfolded. Martial artists often train blind to sharpen their senses, and you might be surprised how easy it becomes to read and predict your opponent’s moves using your sense of touch.

If you want to become a true Ninja Master, then you need to learn to listen to your senses and read your opponent. The greatest danger the Ninja faces is the Tombstone, whose cautious, dead-eye approach gives the Ninja few chances to counter-attack. If you find yourself facing one of these ruthless characters, match their tactics by conserving your energy and waiting for them to make a move.

If you want to win at thumb wrestling, you need to find the style that suits you, so read the rest of our guides and find your ultimate combat technique!

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