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KYU TO SHODAN TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS

9th Kyu to Shodan Techniques and Applications
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Getting Started
Training Uniform and Equipment Checklist

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Proper Uniform And Placement of Patches
CHEST PATCH HOMBU DOJO PATCH AND RANKING STARS IBDA SHOULDER PATCH LEFT SIDE

OBI

(BELT)

KEIKO GI
稽古着
(TRAINING UNIFORM)

KYAHAN

脚半
(LEGGINGS)

足袋
(FOOT WARE)

TABI

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Enrollment Date

Year/Month/Day

Goal Date for Achieving 9th Kyu

Year/Month/Day

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

JUNAN TAISO 柔軟体操
About Junan Taiso
Junan Taiso is about learning how to condition your body for smooth natural movements during your taijutsu training. Your goal is to stretch and lengthen each muscle group in the body and learn how to manipulate each muscle, joint, and bone by touch. This will aide you in strengthening muscles, preventing injuries as well as doing ukemi when being taken down by an attacker. Remember to breathe deeply into the muscles that you are stretching and not to force the stretch.

- 柔軟体操

Body Massage
Massaging hands (fingers), arms, shoulders, legs (knees), feet (toes), entire body. Briskly slap limbs of body with both hands to do a nerve awakening massage.

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JUNAN TAISO 柔軟体操
Joint Rotations
Rotate nine times in a circular motion (right/left) - fingers, wrists, arms & shoulders, neck, hips, knees, ankles.

Attitude Conditioning, Body Balance & Muscle Strengthening

Increasing the energy flow in your body by moving it properly will help create a positive attitude. Practice balance in movement by doing the posture flow drill. Also try standing on one leg while lifting the other leg up to side/front/back while maintaining balance. Running in place, and/or walking every day are also excellent.

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JUNAN TAISO 柔軟体操
Stretching & Lengthening the Muscles
Standing, lean forward to touch toes Sitting with one leg out and one leg in, bend and stretch forward Sitting with feet together, pushing down on knees with elbows Sitting with legs wide stretch forward from waist

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JUNAN TAISO 柔軟体操
See 9th kyu dvd video for entire Junan Taiso workout.

Belt Tying
You must wear a proper black uniform called a gi and know how to tie your belt properly. The knot is worn in the center of the midsection at the navel area. Watch the video to learn or ask a senior student or your instructor to teach you.

A. Wrap obi (belt) around your waist with both ends in front of you. B. Take the left side and wrap around your waist a second time. C. Adjust the two ends of the belt so that they match in length. D. Pull on both ends of the belt to tighten to your waist. E. Wrap and tuck the left side of the belt under the right side then up through both layers. F. Pull on both ends to tighten again. G. Take the piece of the belt that you just wrap through and bend it downward. H. Take the other end and lift it up underneath the piece you just pressed down. I. Loop it though the piece that is hanging and pull to tighten and make the knot. J. Congratulations you now have your belt tied the correct way!

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KAMAE
(BASIC POSTURES)

Kamae stances are transitory postures that allow you to maintain balance while performing a technique. Being able to flow from one posture to another is crucial for effective taijutsu. You must be able to demonstrate each of these postures by name. Practice them slowly at first, utilizing effective weight shifting, maintaining proper balance and control (eliminate excess movements and create flow). Think of these three concepts: Posture, Center and Breath throughout your training.

Shizen no Kamae – (Natural Posture) 自然の構
Stand in a natural standing posture with both feet pointing straight forward with your knees kept slightly bent. Back is kept straight and your hands are naturally down at your sides, palms in, eyes straight ahead. Breathe comfortably, lengthening the spine and be centered in yourself and your weight balance.

Seiza no Kamae – (Formal Sitting Posture) 正座の構
Sitting upright with legs tucked underneath you, your bottom sitting on your heels, top of feet flat on ground, with back straight and hands resting diagonally on upper thighs. Feel the energy and presence of being a warrior or samurai with swords. Hold yourself prepared and with strength of character. Za no kamae in Takagi Yoshin Ryu and Shinden Fudo Ryu are similar but in Takagi Yoshin Ryu you are sitting raised up on the balls of your feet with toes tucked forward instead of the top of your feet flat on the ground toes extended backwards as in Seiza.

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KAMAE
(BASIC POSTURES)

Fudoza no Kamae (not shown on video) – (Immovable Sitting Posture) 不動座の構

Cross-legged position done sitting with one leg tucked under, heel placed in the center under base of spine. Can be done sitting on either leg but is usually done sitting on the left heel with the other leg bent naturally, Indian style.

Kongo Gassho no Kamae – (Palms Joined Posture) 今後合掌の構
Sitting in seiza, hands are held palms together fingers up in a prayer fashion approximately 1 1/2 fists distance in front of chest. Also done standing in shizen no kamae bring hands up in prayer fashion in front of chest.

Rei no Kamae (Bowing posture) 礼の構
From seiza no kamae, bend from the waist, lowering the head down in a bow. The left hand is placed on ground in front of you and then the right hand is placed (forming a triangle). Returning, right hand comes back, then left hand. Maintain a strong seiza. Feel the energy or presence in your body as a powerful centered human being. Martial arts begin and end in respect and this begins with yourself.

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KAMAE
(BASIC POSTURES)

Formal Rei (Bow) before training
Sit in seiza. Take a few deep breaths to center yourself, letting go of anything pressing on you, forget the outside world for the length of your training time. This time is for focusing only on training. Say, “Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo!” and bow (rei no kamae). Coming back up clap twice, bow again, clap once. Bow again and say, “Onegai shimasu.” When getting up from seiza it is important to use as little extra movement as possible. You want to flow up, sliding one leg up in front of you and then the other. Before bowing out after training be sure to sit and reflect on what you have learned during the session.

Hira no Kamae - (Flat posture) 平の構
Stand looking forward with your legs a little wider than shoulder width keeping knees bent and back straight. Your arms are straight out to your sides with palms facing forward.

Ichimonji No Kamae - (Straight line posture) 一文字の構
From shizen let one leg fall back and out at a 45 degree angle, legs bent, with slightly more weight on the rear leg. The forward foot points straight (aligned with knee) at target. Rear heel is about 2 fist lengths out from front heel, foot points out at a 45 degree angle (aligned with knee). Forward arm extends out with hand open, fingers pointing towards target’s eyes or heart. Back hand is also open and placed in the area between the cheek and shoulder as a guard with palm facing in. Come into this posture without going up and down or re-correcting your position. Several slight hand or foot placement variations occur for each ryu (school).

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TAIHENJUTSU
(Basic falling, leaping & evading skills)

Taihenjutsu is the art of moving the body, utilizing basic falling and tumbling skills. There are many different kinds of rolling skills or Ukemi; these required for 9th kyu are only the beginning. As you practice taihenjutsu work on relaxing the body and making a smooth connection to the ground while performing each technique. Rely on natural momentum to carry you rather than force or strong muscle use. You must be able to perform all of the following basic Taihenjutsu skills first from a low squatting position using both of your hands for support, and then later (by 7th kyu) from standing position.

Zenpo Zagata Ukemi - forward breakfall (kneeling) 前方坐型受身
While kneeling place both hands palms out in front of face, hands and arms forming a triangle. Keeping arm position steady allow your body to fall forward without reaching for ground. Turn head to side as you fall, breathing out upon impact. Make sure to land squarely on forearms and hands. Foot can come up to kick behind you, if needed.

Koho Ukemi - backward breakfall 後方受身
From a squatting position slide one leg out in front of you along the ground while falling backwards, rolling smoothly up the back and shoulder. This is not a roll but a breakfall. Keep as low to the ground as possible and make it as soft as possible.

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TAIHENJUTSU
(Basic falling, leaping & evading skills)

Zenpo Kaiten - forward head roll 前方廻転
Standing in Shizen no Kamae (Natural Posture), release your energy & drop down into a squatting position. Place both hands on the ground pointing forward, tuck head with chin into chest, and roll forward straight over your head like you did as a child (breathing out as you roll), coming back up into Shizen posture. Keep your head tucked -The goal is not to hit your head but to connect smoothly over the back at the center of the shoulders. Before rolling pick a point in front of you to watch or focus on and remember to breathe.

Koho Kaiten - backward roll 後方廻転
Method 1: From Shizen No Kamae (Natural Posture), drop down to a squatting position while sliding one leg straight out in front of you. Push yourself over with your hands, rolling over your back while keeping the leg extended as you go over. Breathe out as you roll, spinning on the opposite shoulder, coming back up into Shizen posture. Practice on both sides.

Method 2: Start in Ichimnonji no Kamae then same as above

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TAIHENJUTSU
(Basic falling, leaping & evading skills)

Naname Zenpo Kaiten - diagonal shoulder roll 斜め前方廻転
Method 1: From Shizen no Kamae (Natural Posture), drop down into a squatting position pointing your knee in the direction you want to go. Place one hand palm side down for support, and the hand of the arm you’ll roll on (same side as the pointing knee) palm up. Roll forward along the arm to the shoulder, across your back onto the opposite hip (breathing out as you roll) coming back up into Shizen posture. Think of being a circle or a barrel as you roll.

Method 2: Stand in Ichimonji no Kamae then same as above and then coming up into Ichimonji No Kamae.

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DAKENTAIJUTSU
(STRIKING TECHNIQUES)
Daken Taijutsu consists of 16 striking fists that enable you to accurately hit the right target with the right part of the body. For 9th kyu level you must be able to demonstrate punching at various angles and heights as well as kicking from both shizen and ichimonji postures.

Fudoken - (Immovable Fist), basic fist 不動拳
Curl fingers into a fist, tucking the thumb over the curled fingers on the bottom of the fist as far as possible protecting it and adding strength to the fist. The desired impact area is with the first 2 upper knuckles of the fist on the target.

Tsuki - (Thrust / Punch) 突
Method 1: Natural Punch - From Shizen no kamae arm raises up extended from your side up as you step forward (weapon leads first) punching with fudoken - high, medium, low, remember to extend rear leg and to keep a low center while punching. The punch should be at 80-90% of its extension when it hits the target and continues through the target.

Method 2: From Ichimonji no kamae, step forward with rear leg bringing punching hand to target. Punch is really from the knee and the whole body taijutsu, the hand just delivers the fist. Get this movement to flow together in unison, foot and fist landing at the same time.

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DAKENTAIJUTSU
(STRIKING TECHNIQUES)

Sanshitan Ken - (Finger End Fist), 3 finger strike 三指端拳
Open hand, bending little finger and thumb together with thumb resting on little finger. Curl the remaining 3 fingers keeping them stiff for striking.

Shitoken / Boshiken – (Finger sword fist / Thumb finger fist) 指刀拳 / 拇指拳
(Demonstrated on the 7th kyu video but you will need to utilize it on 9th kyu for Chi no kata) From an open hand curl fingers in, leaving thumb resting on top extended forward as much as possible. The strike is with the thumb, usually into soft targets or pressure points. While the fist itself is called a shitoken, this fist strike using the knees to drive it into the target is called a boshiken. You will hear this thumb fist referred to by both names so know them both.

Zenpo Geri - (forward heel stomp kick) 前方蹴

Method 1: From Shizen no kamae, bring up the knee to the chest first, then kick straight out by extending the heel of the foot into the target. Remember to keep hands up while kicking.

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DAKENTAIJUTSU
(STRIKING TECHNIQUES)

Method 2: From Ichimonji no kamae, first bring knee of the rear leg up to chest then kick out (by extending heel of foot). Think of striking all the way through to the back of your target. Kick through as if stomping a door down.

Tsuki/Keri combinations 手足和合

Practice punching & kicking from the postures you have learned so far and create combinations of punch/kick - kick/punch actions. Explore as many options as you can think up while doing only the 9th kyu material. Expand on this as you move through the kyus. Idea 1: From Shizen posture fall back into Ichimonji, punch forward then kick with opposite leg.

Idea 2: From Ichimonji kick forward with Zenpo geri then punch forward as foot comes back down. Then move backwards into Ichimonji punching in place without moving the feet.

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Helpful Training Note:
DRILL EVERYTHING TO BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION Realize that you are building a foundation with every technique you learn in these beginning kyus. Everything you learn from these beginning kyu study levels will affect your learning all the way through your Ninjutsu training. Foundations are everything in life. Foundations are important in your home, your personal body balance, your checkbook, your job, your relationships, etc.. Without a strong foundation something is bound to suffer sometime. I cannot stress strong enough that just because a technique or series of moves seems very easy drill them anyway because everything that you do now gets built on as you progress through the kyu grades. Over 25 years of teaching has given me much insight and this is one I want to share with you right as you get started. Those who drill each level get BIG rewards as they work their way up the levels. They may seemingly start slower but they finish at BlackBelt sooner and stronger than others who rush by the basics. Weak foundations last sometimes way into a Dan level and then a person struggles to go back and change a bad habit for a long time. Practice and drill these basics over and over so that they become automatic to you. Second nature, if you will. Do them all until you can do them perfectly without having to think about it. Drill them until they can be done so smoothly that you can do them at will without needing to re-correct the hands or the footwork. Don’t go so fast in your training that you lose your foundation.

Remember - Practice does not make perfect - only perfect practice makes perfect!

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SANSHIN NO KATA
(EARTH FEELING FORM)
The Sanshin no Kata (three hearts method) is a set of 5 movement forms or patterns that teach very important principles of moving your body. They are thought to be the roots of all Budo. Later in your training you will see the value of these forms so practice them with diligence and perfection. Although they will vary to fit the need when used in combat remember that you need to establish a solid form before working on a shadow of that form. Each form has a distinct feeling to it and when practiced diligently will give you much insight into doing advanced techniques. We begin our study with the Chi no Kata form. In the Chi no Kata form, you want to be very relaxed yet solid and grounded while moving. When performing this kata remember the feeling of earth - think solid like a mountain and imagine you are scooping the earth up or bowling a bowling ball. Let your movement and feeling reflect this.

Chi No Kata - Earth feeling form / Goshitan ken daho 地の型
Method 1 (Formal waza): Begin in Shizen no kamae. Drop back with right leg into Ichimonji no kamae posture, left hand out and right hand on hip in a shito ken (thumb fist). As your rear foot steps forward, rear thumb fist swings forward with arm extended in an upward pendulum fashion turning into a sanshitan ken (three finger strike) targeting throat or under ribs. At the same time as you are striking with your right hand the left hand pulls back into a shito ken on the left hip. Remember to extend all the way from the back (left) leg into your opponent.

Method 2 (alternate footwork and strikes): Add a second strike with the other arm and then learn to alternate footwork and strikes. After striking, bring opposite hand into strike utilizing same upward pendulum motion while switching footwork, alternating sides. As one hand strikes with the sanshitan ken, the other hand immediately goes back to hip in shitoken. In martial arts your proper angling, distancing and timing are very important. The first thing to learn is proper distancing and evasion. Move with all of your body from the centerline. Proper distancing gives you more time to act. Practice with a partner.

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SANSHIN NO KATA
(EARTH FEELING FORM) TAISABAKI GATA - Body Evasion Skills 体捌き型
In martial arts proper angling, distancing and timing are very important. The first thing you learn is proper distancing and evasion. Move with all of your body from the centerline. Proper distancing gives you more time to act. Practice with a partner. Method 1: Defender stands in Shizen posture, attacker punches from Ichimonji posture. As a punch comes in evade, falling back at a 45 degree angle, arms floating up into Ichimonji with your forward hand and knee pointing towards your target. Strike the attacker’s wrist using a circular motion with your fist in fudoken

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Method 2: Same as above except that defender is already in Ichimonji no kamae.

9th kyu Weapons Skills

In this course every kyu grade has a weapon skill associated with it. For 9th kyu we want you to consider your entire body as a weapon and start to integrate your movement, using all of you with directed intention and focus. By cutting out unnecessary movement in both your training and your life and by focusing your intention on your target goals you can change your life. It will look to others as if you move through life effortlessly!

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES
1. 2. 3. 4. Define the 5 rules of the training area Begin learning to pronounce key dojo phrases. Count to 5 in Japanese. Explain what being a member of the IBDA means to you. We use transitory postures rather than static stances- why is that important?

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JUNAN TAISO (BASIC BODY CONDITIONING & FLEXIBILITY) Body Massage, Joint Rotations, Attitude Conditioning, Body Balance, Strengthening/Stretching KAMAE - NATURAL POSTURES SEIZA NO KAMAE REI NO KAMAE KANGO GASSHO NO KAMAE - SITTING SHIZEN NO KAMAE KANGO GASSHO NO KAMAE - STANDING HIRA NO KAMAE ICHIMONJI NO KAMAE TAIHENJUTSU ZENPO KAITEN - 2 HANDS NANAME ZENPO KAITEN - 2 HANDS KOHO KAITEN - 2 HANDS UKEMI ZEN PO ZAGATA UKEMI - KNEELING BREAKFALL KOHO UKEMI - BACKWARDS BREAKFALL (SQUATTING) TAISABAKI - EVASION With a partner (against a punch) DAKENTAIJUTSU FUDO KEN FIST - MAKING A FIST PUNCHING FROM SHIZEN NO KAMAE PUNCHING FROM ICHIMONJI NO KAMAE ZENPO GERI - FORWARD KICK FROM ICHIMONJI ZENPO GERI VS. ATTACKER SANSHITAN KEN - 3 FINGER FIST SANSHIN NO KATA CHI NO KATA - EARTH FEELING FORM CHI NO KATA VS ATTACKER KNOWLEDGE BELT TYING Why I Study Ninjutsu (Turn In Written One Page Report)

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