Ninjutsu Study Info


Listed below are the basic teachings that we cover both in our American Bujinkan Dojo Branch Studios and through our Bushindo University video Home Study Course in Ninjutsu. This information and more will be learned before receiving a Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) from us. All rank certification comes from Soke Hatsumi in Japan and is signed by Shihan Van Donk. Please note our studies go up to 10th dan and are endless in information and application.

Practice with an open heart, flexible body and a free mind. 

  1. RESPECT - SELF AND OTHERS Everything begins and ends here.
    1. BOWING - SITTING AND STANDING "Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo". 
  2. BREATH WORK Your breath is spirit. You will learn several types of deep breathing techniques to quiet, still and reflect the mind. 

  4. MEDITATION (meditation or quiet thought, inner prayer). 

  6. JUNAN TAISO (Muscle flexibility & conditioning skills) Muscle stretching and body conditioning will be done before class. 

  8. UKEMI GATA TAIHENJUTSU (ground hitting skills, breakfalls, rolling and leaping)
    1. Zenpo Ukemi (forward breakfalls)
      1. Zagata (kneeling) 
      2. Shizen (standing)-Ryote (two hands) Katate (one hand) 
      3. Tsuki (punching/kicking from breakfalls)
    2. Koho Ukemi (backwards breakfalls) 
    3. Yoko Nagare Ukemi (sideways breakfall) 
    4. Zenpo Kaiten (forward rolling), Naname (diagonal)
      1. Ryote (two hands) 
      2. Katate (one hand) 
      3. Mute (no hands)
    5. Koho Kaiten (backwards rolling breakfall without raised leg)
      1. Ryote (two hands) 
      2. Katate (one hand) 
      3. Mute (no hands)
    6. Sokuho Kaiten (side roll) 
    7. Oten (Cartwheels) 
      1. Ryote (two hands) 
      2. Katate (one hand) 
    8. Hicho Kaiten (both height and distance rolling breakfalls) 
    9. Yokonagashi Zenpo Ukemi (ground drop) 
    10. Sanpo (walking) 
    11. Kiten (handsprings) 
    12. Kuten (front and back flips - no hands). 
    13. Shiho Tenchi Tobi (directional Heaven-Earth leaping techniques)
      1. Sokuho Tobi (sideways leap) 
      2. Fudoza Tobi (leap up with legs tucked) 
      3. Zenpo Tobi (front leap) 
      4. Koho Tobi (backwards leap)
    14. Shoten No Jutsu (running up surfaces) 
    15. Kuhi (flying techniques) 
    16. Shinobi Aruki (silent movement) 
    17. Tai Sabaki (body evasion) 
    18. Nobori Kata (climbing buildings, trees, poles) 
    19. Stealth (ground crawling) 
    20. Inton (concealment/escape) 

  9. SHINKEN TAIHENJUTSU - Muto Dori Gata (Sword evasion Forms)
    1. Hira 
    2. Ichimonji 
    3. Jumonji 
  10. KAMAE - Basic Taijutsu Postures (there are many more)
    1. Seiza No Kamae 
    2. Shizen No Kamae 
    3. Kongo Gassho No Kamae 
    4. Ichimonji No Kamae 
    5. Hira No Kamae 
    6. Jumonji No Kamae 
    7. Kosei No Kamae 
    8. Hicho No Kamae 
    9. Hoko No Kamae 
    10. Doko No Kamae 
    11. Ihen No Kamae 
    12. Fudoza No Kamae 
    1. Chi No Kata (EARTH) 
    2. Sui No Kata (WATER) 
    3. Ka No Kata (FIRE) 
    4. Fu No Kata (WIND) 
    5. Ku No Kata (VOID) 
  12. KIHON HAPPO GATA - Eight Fundamental Forms
    1. Koshi Sanpo Methods
      1. Ichimonji No Kamae 
      2. Hicho No Kamae 
      3. Jumonji No Kamae
    2. Torite Goho Methods
      1. Omote Gyaku (outward wrist reversal) 
      2. Oni-kudaki or Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki Gata (against a punch) 
      3. Ura Kote Gyaku (inward wrist twist) 
      4. Musha Dori - Ude Jime Ashi Ori Gata (elbow lever than kick leg) 
      5. Ganseki Nage (throw) 
  13. DAKENTAIJUTSU - Techniques of Striking
    1. Hokenn Juroppo - Sixteen Secret Fists
      1. Kikaku-Ken -- Demon Horns Fist (striking with the head) 
      2. Shuki-Ken -- Hand Start Fist (striking with the elbow) 
      3. Fudo-Ken -- Unmoving Fist (clenched fist/immovable fist) 
      4. Kiten-Ken -- Turn-Causing Fist (half open sword hand, Shuto) 
      5. Shishin-Ken -- Finger Needle Fist (use the little finger) 
      6. Shitan-Ken -- Finger End Fist (uses three fingers primarily) 
      7. Shako-Ken -- Mantis Crab Fist (thrust with fingers/palm) 
      8. Shito-ken -- Finger Sword Fist (striking with the thumb) 
      9. Shikan-ken -- Finger Ring Fist (hit using extended knuckles) 
      10. Koppo-ken -- Bone Method Fist (use of extended thumb knuckle 
      11. Happa-ken -- Eight Leaf Fist (palms of both hands) 
      12. Sokuyaku-ken -- Foot Dance Fist (heel/sole kick) 
      13. Sokki-ken -- Foot Start Fist (striking with the knee) 
      14. Sokugyaku -- Ken Foot Reverse Fist (striking with extended toes) 
      15. Tai-ken -- Body Fist (striking/crushing with the body) 
      16. Ki-ken -- Spirit Fist (striking from afar with mind/spirit) 

  14. HAJUTSU KUHO (Breaking Out Art Nine Methods) 
    1. Tehodoki (freeing the hands) 
    2. Taihodoki (freeing the body) 
    3. Oyagoroshi (killing the thumb) 
    4. Kogoroshi (killing the little finger) 
    5. Koshi-kudaki (crushing the hips) 
    6. Happo-geri (eight directional kicking) 
    7. Keri-kudaki (kick crusher) 
    8. Ken-Kudaki (fist crusher) 
    9. Secret 
  15. GYAKU WAZA (Reversal Techniques)
    1. Takeori - (outside/inside) 
    2. Omote-gyaku (outside reversal) 
    3. Ura-gyaku (inside reversal) 
    4. Hon-gyaku (base reversal) 
    5. Omote Oni-kudaki (outside demon crusher) 
    6. Ura Oni-kudaki (inside demon crusher) 
    7. Musha-dori (warrior take) 
    8. Muso-dori (warrior pair take) 
    9. Oogyaku (great reversal)
  16. SHIME WAZA GO-KATA - (Five Strangulation Techniques) 
    1. Hon-jime (base strangle) 
    2. Gyaku-jime (reverse strangle) 
    3. Itami-jime (pain strangle) 
    4. Sankaku-jime (triangular strangle) 
    5. Do-jime (torso strangle) 
  17. NAGE WAZA (Throwing forms)
    1. Ganseki nage (rock throw)
      1. Ganseki-otoshi (rock drop) 
      2. Ganseki-oshi (rock press) 
      3. Ganseki-ori (rock break) 
    2. Hari goshi (sweeping hip throw) 
    3. Gyaku Nage (reversal throw) 
    4. Taki-Otoshi (cataract drop) waterfall straight down
      1. Seoi-nage (back throw) 
      2. Koshi-nage (hip throw)
    5. Osoto nage (great outside hook throw) 
    6. Uchi-Mata Uchi-Gake (inner thigh inside hook throw) 
    7. Hane-Koshi Nage (snapping hips throw) 
    8. Itami-Nage (pain throw) 
    9. Ryusui-Nage (flowing water movement)
      1. Tomoe-nage (whirl throw) 
      2. Tachi-nagare (standing flow) 
      3. Yoko-nagare (sideways flowing) 
      4. Temakura (hand pillow) 
      5. Kuruma-nage (wheel throw) 

  18. WEAPONS - Basic useage 
    1. Hanbo - 3 ft wooden staff (Hakkyu 8th) 
    2. Tanto - Knife (Nanakyu 7th) 
    3. Kusari Fundo - rope/weighted chain (Rokkyu 6th) 
    4. Shuriken - throwing blades (Gokyu 5th) a. Senban -flat blades b. Bo - long pointed spikes 
    5. Rokushakubo - 6 ft wooden staff (Yonkyu 4th) 
    6. Katana - Sword kamae bokken(wood) /shinken (live) (Sankyu 3rd) 
    7. Kenjutsu Shinobi Iai - sword draws (Nikyu 2nd) 
    8. Shuko - hand claws (Nikyu 2nd) 
    9. Kyoketsu Shoge - ring, chord, dagger (Ikkyu 1st) 
    10. Metsubushi- blinding substances (Ikkyu 1st)
    11. Guns- handling/shooting (At Shodan)


9TH KYU REQUIREMENTS- Beginner's Level 1
Building your foundation. Learn the proper Ninjutsu bowing-in procedures, how to tie your belt, how to warm up & stretch before training & the basic standing postures of Seiza, Hira & Ichimonji no kamae.  This  level teaches you basic forward & backward rolls and breakfalls (how to go to the ground without getting hurt) as well as the basic punches and kicks of Ninjutsu. Covers how to be out of the way of attacks with proper evasion by using your body effectively. You'll begin learning the Sanshin no kata, a set of 5 elemental movement forms which teach very important principles of movement and feeling. At 9th Kyu level you'll learn the basic Chi or earth feeling form of the Sanshin.  Intro Level - Basic Body conditioning, Belt tying, Bowing, Movement Basics, Natural Postures of Shizen, Seiza & Ichimonji, Earth Form,  Evasion, Rolling,  Basic Punching and Kicking.
8TH KYU REQUIREMENTS- Beginner's Level 2

The focus of this level is taihenjutsu or basic falling, leaping & evasion skills. The foundation for all of the more advanced techniques you will learn rests upon your ability to move fluidly and go to the ground without fear. In 8th Kyu you'll work more on your rolling & body movement skills as well as adding the postures of Hoko, Doko & Jumonji no kamae. You'll learn Omote & Ura Gyaku (inside and outside basic wrist grabs & reversals) as well as Tehodoki (basic wrist escapes) & basic Hanbo (3 ft staff) movements.  Continuing the Sanshin no kata you'll learn the basic Sui or water feeling form movement. At 8th kyu you will be introduced to the Kihon Happo movements, the fundamental ways of moving upon which our art and most all of the martial arts are based. From this level on up you will need a partner to work out with. Ichimonji no kata is the first movement drill you will learn from the Kihon Happo. Wrist grabs - Locks and escapes, Cartwheels, Weapon- Hanbo (3ft wooden staff), Water form, Being a training partner (Uke), Blocks, Escape from grabs, Striking techniques. Jumonji, Hoko and Doko No Kamae. 

7th Kyu REQUIREMENTS - Beginner's Level 3 

Emphasis at this level is on having more flowing body movement with less effort. You need to be able to go to the ground effectively and be able to take your partner off balance using your body movement rather than muscle. You'll learn side rolls, more advanced back rolls, standing, forward, backward & sideways breakfalls.  The postures of Kosei, Hicho & Ihen no kamae are covered as well as Shuto (cupped hand) strikes & backward and sideways kicks. More punching drills, Kihon Happo & the Sanshin forms of Ka (fire) & Fu (wind) as well as the Gyaku Waza (wrist reversals) techniques of Omote Oni Kudaki & Hon Gyaku. Basic tanto (knife) techniques are also covered. Advanced Rolling methods, Breakfalls, Kicks, Fire & Wind feeling forms (SanShin), Beginning grappling (Kihon Happo), Knife understanding attacks, Postures: Ihen, Kosei, & Hicho, Posture flow drill, Oni-kudaki. 

6TH KYU REQUIREMENTS -  Intermediate Level 4
At this level in your taihenjutsu (body movement skills) you should be able to roll without using your hands so that you can either pick up a weapon or take down an attacker as you are rolling. This level covers how to do this as well as Shiho Tenchi Tobi (4-way leaping skills), Shiho Geri (4-way kicking) and Sokoyaku Ken (heel/sole foot dance). You'll learn the last set of the Sanshin no kata, the Ku or void feeling form. From the Kihon Happo you'll practice the Jumonji no kata (crossed hand posture movement drill) & Musha Dori. The Kusari fundo,a weighted chain, is the weapon focus for this level (we always use a rope version for safety when training with a partner). The importance of meditation & diet are covered as well. Leaping skills in several directions, Thumb striking, Void feeling form, Medium level Grappling, Weapon -Kusari Fundo- (Rope/Chain) techniques, Advanced kicking including 4-way (Shiho tenchi Tobi). Meditation, Diet,  More Kihon Happo. 

5TH KYU REQUIREMENTS -  Intermediate Level 5

The focus at this level is learning the Kihon Happo movements with efficiency and knowledge of the Japanese names for each technique. This level is a major step and accuracy as well as good body flow is a must. Advanced kicking & punching methods practiced while going to the ground as well as Muto Dori Gata (empty handed sword evasion forms) are on this level. You'll learn how to strike using the Boshi Ken (thumb fist) & Shako Ken (claw fist), and to kick using Kakushi Geri & Sampo Geri forms. Continuing the Kihon Happo you'll learn Hicho no kata (flying bird form movement drill) and Ganseki Nage (beginning throwing forms). Basic grappling forms are also covered at this level and the weapon focus for this level is Shuriken (throwing stars).Sword evasion forms, Medium level Grappling (Kihon Happo), Body grab escapes, Shuriken techniques, Beginning throws (Nage), advanced kicking and punching methods also done while falling. 

4TH KYU REQUIREMENTS -  Intermediate  Level 6

At this level you need to be proficient at taking your opponent off balance. This level reviews how important balance is in your training and in your life. You'll also find jumping kicks, jumping & diving rolls, running up surfaces, wrist breaking techniques, leg sweeps & how to counter kicks all on this level.  The weapon focus for 4th Kyu is the Rokushaku Bo (6ft staff) & you'll learn basic strikes & distancing for this weapon. Jumping kicks, Countering Kicking attacks, leg sweeps, wrist breaking techniques, 6ft bo staff training (basic and advanced), Rolls (jumping and diving), Flying techniques. 

3RD KYU REQUIREMENTS - Intermediate Level 7

At this point in your training your attention should be on your partner's body & the effects that your movement & technique have on your partner. This level reviews the importance of this as well as introducing the sword, including how to hold it, 10 different sword kamae (postures) and the basic movements and cuts from each of the 10 postures. Advanced Taisabaki (body evasion) is covered on this level, paying specific attention to distancing & timing, as well as advanced Ganseki Nage (throwing forms), power moves & damaging blows to crush your opponent. Sword postures (10 different kamae) , basic movement and cutting from each one, Throwing skills of ganseki forms, Silent movement, using nature, Fist and body harmony, power moves, damaging blows crush your opponent. 

2ND KYU  REQUIREMENTS- Advanced Level 8

This level focuses on advanced falling, leaping, and evasion skills. Kuten (front handspring), Noburi kata (climbing trees, buildings, poles), and Suwari gata (kneeling forms): wrist grabs, reversals, throws and kicks from a kneeling position are shown. You'll learn five new strikes: Shuki ken (hand start fist), Sakki ken (foot start fist), Shishin ken (finger needle strike) and Happa ken  (eight leaf fist) as well as Tai ken, the use of the whole body as a fist. Koppo jutsu or bone attacks and Shime waza go kata (the five strangle hold/choking  techniques) are also taught on this level. Weapon focus on this level is the proper use of  Shuko   (hand claws) and Kenjutsu Shinobi Iai the art of properly drawing a sword. Discussion on using   dreams as insight into things that are happening in your life. Choking and strangulation holds,  Knee and elbow strikes, Bone attacks, Climbing trees skills, How to draw a Sword several   ways, Fighting from sitting and kneeling, Hand claws, Dream work. 

1ST KYU REQUIREMENTS- Advanced Level 9 

This level covers Stealth movement and Gotonpo (body concealment methods using nature to escape). Koshijutsu   (organ and muscle attacks) are taught using points on the wrists, arms, shoulders, throat, face, back, chest and legs   etc. Advanced throwing variations (henka) from the  Kihon Happo movements of Ura Gyaku, Omote Gyaku,  Musha Dori and Ganseki Nage are shown as well as Koshi nage (hip throws), Itami nage (pain throws) and a rare  demonstration of Kuki nage (throwing without touching your opponent by using energy and intent only- no body contact).   Weapon focus is the Kyoketsu shoge (long rope with circular ring on one end and a double bladed dagger on the other) and how  to use Metsubushi (blinding powder). Stealth, Escaping from danger using nature (Gotonpo), Advanced throws (Nage  waza), Organ and  muscle attacks of Koshijutsu, Variations of advanced grappling forms, Rare Shoge weapon,  Metsubushi  blinding powders. 


 Knife and gun disarms, how to deal with multiple attackers, Kihon Happo reversing and countering techniques as  well as natural taijutsu (body movement) with a gun. Breaking body balance, flowing from technique to technique,   capturing the essence of the techniques, and getting your life to work for you are all covered at this level. If   you have really been practicing, by this level of your training your life should be very different than when you first started   training. You will be more confident, more relaxed and generally a happier, more aware, and more conscious human being. Now you are ready to really train! Knife and gun disarms, Handling multiple attackers, Reversing/countering techniques,  Natural  Gun shooting, breaking body balance, flowing  technique to technique, capturing the feeling, Randori.

Nidan Level Training 

2nd degree Black Belt training includes all Gyokko ryu wazas of Jo Ryaku no maki, Churaku no maki and Geryaku/Mutodori gedan plus 29 Kukishinden Ryu Hanbojutsu, Shoden/Chuden/Okuden level wazas. 

Sandan Level Training

3rd degree Black Belt training includes all wazas of Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu, Ten & Chi No Maki, Shizen Shikoku No Kata Jutaijutsu, Shoden Gata/Juroku Gata/Chuden/Okuden levels and from Kukishinden Ryu: Rokushakubojutsu - Shoden, Chuden, Okuden, Kuden levels 

Yondan Level Training
4th degree Black Belt training includes all wazas of Takagi Yoshin Jutaijutsu including Shoden No Kata/Chuden No Sabakigata/Chuden No Tai No Gata/Okuden No Kata levels and Eri Shimegata, Moguri levels. 

Kukishinden Ryu: Yari Jutsu, Kodachi, Muto Dori 
At this time all 5th degree tests must be taken with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi at an International Tai Kai or in Japan. American Bujinkan DojoTM has a ranking and study strucuture all the way to 9th degree. 





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