NINJUTSU ARTS

In Bujinkan Ninjutsu schools the arts that are being taught differ from school to school with their specifics:

Seishin Tekki kyoyo – Spiritual refinement

Under spiritual refinement, you learn to perfect self-knowing, to know your own weaknesses and virtues. You train mental endurance, strenghtening of character, proper consideration of self, the opponent and the surroundings in any given situation. Then properly assess the situation and finally fathom the understanding of the universal process.

Tai jutsu – Empty hand techniques – The art of using your body

The art of using your body is extremly important in Ninjutsu, and it is made of techniques :

Taihen jutsu – techiques of moving, rolls, falls, tumbles, stances and jumps

Dakentai jutsu – strikning techniques wich are divided into :

  • Koshi jutsu – techniques of striking muscles and nerves
  • Koppo jutsu – techniques of striking the bones

Jutai jutsu – techniques for grappling , leverage (arm locks, leg locks etc..), choking, throwing and liberation of hands and body from grabs and locks

Ken jutsu – Techniques for using japanese sword (katana) and a Ninja sword

 Ken jutsu uses techniques with Daisho (katana and shoto), Ninja to, and also with Shikomi zue.

In Ken jutsu techniques you use:

  • Ken po – fencing techniques
  • Iai jutsu / Batto jutsu – uses quick draw techniques for taking the sword out
  • Shinken Shiraha dori – uses techniques against the use of a sword
  • Muto dori – uses of techniques of defense against sword attacks
  • Hiken jutsu – uses secret sword techniques

Bo jutsu – Staff techniques

 Some of the Ninjutsu schools that we teach in our dojo use specific techniques with different kinds of staffs. So we distinguish between techniques with:

  • Rokushaku bo – staff longer than 180 cm
  • Bo – staff with the lenght of 180 cm
  • Jo – staff with the lenght of 130 cm
  • Hanbo – staff with the lenght of 92 cm
  • Jawara – staff with the lenght of 20 – 30 cm
  • Shinobi zue – bamboo staff of different lenghts with a hidden weapon inside (blade, ball, powder)

Tanto jutsu – Knife techniques

Tanto jutsu is the art of fighting with a knife and also defensive techniques against the knife, bare hand techniques against an attacker armed with a knife. Knife throwing techniques are also taught.

Shuriken jutsu – Blade throwing techniques

In Shuriken jutsu many different throwing techniques for many different blade types are taught. Blade types like Senban shuriken, Hira shuriken and Bo shuriken.

So jutsu – Spear using techniques – Yari

 So jutsu is composed of combat techniques with a traditional japanese spear – Yari. It encompases techniques for fighting against a sword but also against opponents armed with a spear.

Naginata jutsu – Japanese halberd using techniques

 Naginata jutsu is a art of using japanese halberd – Naginata in combat techniques. Under the art of using Naginata also techniques for using Nagamaki and Bisento are taught.

Kusarigama jutsu – Techniques with kama (small scythe) and a chain

 In Kusarigama jutsu you can find combat techniques with kama (small scythe), chain and a weight in a shape of a ball. In Kusarigama jutsu techniques with Kyoketsu Shoge (a weapon that consist of a kama, knife as a point and a long rope with a metal circle in the end) are also taught.

Kusarifundo jutsu – Combat techniques using a chain

 Kusarifundo jutsu is an art of using a chain with weighted ends in combat. In Kusarifundo jutsu you can find techniques of striking with a chain and also leverages and throwing techniques.

Kyu jutsu – Techniques for using bow and arrow

 In Kyu jutsu you learn the use bow (Yumi) and arrow (Ya), shooting at long and short distances but also use of the bow in other situations (example: confusing the enemy, etc..)

Fukija jutsu – Techniques of shooting with a blow – gun

Fukija jutsu is an art of using a blow-gun and it covers techniques of shooting with that weapon.

Shukko jutsu – Art of using metal claws

Shukko jutsu is an art of using metal claws for climbing and for combat techniques.

Hojo jutsu – Art of tying the enemy

Use of rope for tying the enemy in different ways and use of knots and restraining techniques.

Kajaku jutsu – Ninja pyrotechnics

Ninjas were masters in using smoke bombs, fire and explosives. Under the Kayaka jutsu you can also find the use of firearms.

Shinobi iri – Stealth movement and infiltration techniques

Covert and silent movment, secret ways of infiltrating buildings and special techniques of walking and running.

Sui ren – Techniques for combat training in water

Techniques in water, combat techniques but also silent swimming, diving with and without special equipment, ways of using different improvised and special equipment for overcoming water obstacles.

Bo ryaku – Strategy

Use of feints and deceptions in battles and combat ( Kyo jutsu), manipulating the enemy in such a way he does what Ninja wanted him to do in order to subdue him.

Inton jutsu – Techniques of evasion, escaping and hiding

 Use of Goton-po five natural elements in hiding and escaping. It is based on knowing: the earth (Chi),the water (Sui), the fire (Ka), the wood (Moku) and the metal (Kin), or simply knowing the nature that surrounds us.

Ten Mon – Meterology

Meteorology played an important role in developing battle plans or preparing any action. Ninjas knew how to observe nature and signs in nature so they could predict the weather.

Chi Mon – Geography

Knowing and successfully using topography and contours of the terrain was very important in the training of Ninja warriors so they could be able to perform an assigment without problems and with the greater ease, and not to be discovered.

Tasukaru no Shizen jutsu – Survival skills in nature

Ninjas knew how to survive in all conditions in nature. They survived knowing the nature and taking from it all that was necessary to survive (food, water, shelter, medicine). They truly mastered survival skills.