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BASICS OF NINJA TRAINING

SHODAN
1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT

COURSE GUIDE

The Black Belt Video Course


from Ninja Learning Network
2013 by Ninja Learning Network
Curriculum by Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo
Sixth Edition, June 2013

This Course Guide supplements the Bujinkan/Ninjutsu black belt video


course presented by Ninja Learning Network. The "Basics of Ninja
Training" videos (8+ hours) instruct students all over the world who are on
their way to earning a first degree black belt, also known as "Shodan"
rank, in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, ancient art of the Ninja (aka Ninjutsu.)
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Safety Warning and Disclaimer
You may attend all Bujinkan classes at Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo located in Santa Cruz, on the coast of
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general skill level and health assessment by staff of Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo.
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WARNING !

ABOUT SHODAN LEVEL


TRAINING AND RANK TESTING
AT BUJINKAN DOJOS ALL
AROUND THE WORLD
(See details on page 40 and 6)

All dojos and instructors utilize


different curriculum and testing
practices. At the Santa Cruz
Bujinkan Dojo and most other
schools Shodan rank can only be
awarded through genuine testing
procedures, eventually in person.
Generally, a student who can
learn the course presented in the
"Basics of Ninja Training" videos
are well on their way to passing
rank testing at any Bujinkan dojo, if
combined with serious hands-on
training with other experienced
students and instructors.
PRACTICE AT YOUR OWN RISK,
AND ONLY UNDER DIRECT,
PHYSICAL SUPERVISION BY
QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS!
Read the complete safety
and liability disclaimer
at the end of this
document. You are hereby
informed that any attempt
to train yourself in this
martial art is a vigorous
physical activity and is
extremely dangerous to
yourself and others. You
are solely responsible for
injury or damage to people
or property that occurs by
attempting any of the
information demonstrated
in this document or
associated videos. We
provide this information
as mental reference
information and
demonstration material
only.

Ultimately, for reasons of


safety and integrity, rank is not
generally awarded by means of

virtual, digital interactions alone.


The Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo
offers various opportunities for
rank testing in combination with
"Basics of Ninja Training's" virtual
instruction and online interactions,
including free training sessions at
their dojo. (see the Virtual Ninja
Package on our website page 6 of
this Course Guide.)
If you cant make it to the
Santa Cruz Dojo, other dojos may
agree to offer you in-person
training support and rank testing
for a fee.

Ninja Learning
Network welcomes
contact from instructors
who would like referrals for
training and testing students
who are studying this
program but who have
no local dojo

The purpose of this study is to learn awareness and techniques


conducive to self-defense, both physical and psychological. The
first rule is to attempt to avoid physical contact and conflict
in all cases. Ideally, an effective Bujinkan practitioner would
never need to use damaging force to control any threatening
situation. He/she would be able to diffuse trouble or get away
from it before trouble even begins. Bujinkan is not intended to
be an aggressive art and your mental capacity to control a
situation is always the first line of defense - not violent
control maneuvers. However, if unbalanced individuals in the
environment are determined to create safety problems for you or
people around you, it may become necessary to implement your
physical training to diffuse their attack. The non-violent
methods taught in Bujinkan are always the first type of response
you would attempt to use in threatening situations. But, if
attackers do escalate a situation to the level that people are
in imminent and unavoidable danger, then you may be compelled to
counter them with forceful methods, even using weapons. Only if
necessary. Students who are not prepared to train under this
philosophy may be considered unsuitable for training and their
opportunities to study with authentic sensei can be revoked.

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BUJINKAN

Bujinkan Guidelines
(from www.bujinkan.com)

1.! The Bujinkan shall be open to only


those who agree with and uphold the
guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo. Those
not doing so shall not be allowed to
join. Specifically: Only those who have
read and agreed with these guidelines
shall be allowed to participate.

cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is


an extremely important point. Those
unwilling to take personal
responsibility for accidents occurring
during Bujinkan training shall not be
admitted. Reiterating for clarity, the
Bujinkan shall not take responsibility
for any accidents happening in the
course of training, regardless of the
location.

6.! All those joining the Bujinkan must


get an annual membership card. This
2.! Only those able to exercise true
card not only preserves the honor of
patience, self-control, and dedication
the Bujinkan members, it indicates you
shall be allowed to participate. A
are part of a larger whole--one whose
physician's examination report shall be members come together with warrior
required. Specifically, individuals with
hearts to better themselves through
mental illness, drug addiction, or
training and friendship. It evinces the
mental instability shall be barred from
glory of warrior virtue, and embodies
joining. The necessity of such a report both loyalty and brotherly love. *
concerns individuals who may present
a danger to others, for example, those 7.! The tradition of the Bujinkan
with infectious diseases or illnesses,
recognizes nature and the universality
individuals with clinically abnormal
of all human life, and is aware of that
personalities or physiology, and
which flows naturally between the two
individuals lacking self-control.
parts:
3.! Individuals with criminal records
shall be turned away. Trouble makers,
those who commit crimes, and those
living in Japan who break domestic
laws shall be turned away.
4.! Those not upholding the guidelines
of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners
or as members of society, by
committing disgraceful or
reproachable acts shall be expelled.
Until now, the Bujinkan was open to
large numbers of people who came to
Japan. Among them, unfortunately,
were those committing violent drunken
acts, the mentally ill, and trouble
makers who thought only of
themselves and failed to see how their
actions might adversely affect others.
Through their actions, such people
were discarding the traditional
righteous heart of the Bujinkan. From
this day forward, all such people shall
be expelled.
5.! Regarding accidents occurring
during training (both inside and
outside the dojo), one should not

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"The secret principle of Taijutsu is to


know the foundations of peace.
To study is the path to the immovable
heart (fudoshin)."
Recently, the Bujinkan has become
truly international. Just as there are
various time zones, so exist various
taboos among the world's peoples
and nations. We must respect each
other, striving to avoid such taboos.
We must put the heart of the warrior
first, working together for selfimprovement and for the betterment of
the Bujinkan.

*You should
register with the
Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in
Japan when you are ready.
Contact us, or any dojo,
for assistance.

Categories Taught in This Curriculum

WEAPONS

Junan Taiso - Body Conditioning


Kamae - "Postures"
Taihenjutsu - "Body Movement / Body Position Changing Techniques"
Ukemi - "Breakfalls"
Kaiten - "Rolls"
Shiho Tenchi Tobi - "The Four Ways of Heaven/Earth Leaping"
Kiten - Flips
Kuten - Handsprings
Dakentaijutsu - "Striking Techniques"
Hoken Juroppo Ken - The Sixteen Secret Fists
Keri - Kicking
Find out where to get
Uke Nagashi - Receiving Flow
Shinobi Aruki - Silent Walking
uniforms, books, training
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Tai Sabaki - "Body Movement/Evasion"

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Ashi Sabaki - "Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion"

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Zanshin - "Awareness"
Kihon Happo - "The Eight Basic Ways"
Koshi Kihon Sanpo - "The Three Basic Ways of Striking"
Torite Goho Gata - "The Five Forms of Grappling"
San Shin No Kata - "The Three Hearts Forms"
Hajutsu Kuho - "The Eight Techniques and Nine Ways"
Tehodoki - "Wrist Escapes"
Taihodoki - "Body Escapes"
Gyaku Waza - "Reversal Techniques
Nage Waza - "Throwing Techniques
Jime Waza - "Choking Techniques
Kuzushi - "Off Balancing" with Physical and Mental Techniques
Weapons - Shinken Mutodori Gata - "Sword Evasion Skills" and Other Weapons

Weapons in this course:

Kyusho - Weakness Points Used to Create Pain, Confusion and Distraction

The Mind
Hanbo - Short Staff
Katana - Sword
Rokushaku Bo - Long staff
Shoto - Short Sword
Tanto - Knife
Kusari Fundo - Chain w/tips
Kunai, Tessen, Jute - Blades
Shuriken - Throwing Blades
Shuko - Hand claws
Naginata and Yari - Spears
Kyoketsu Shoge - Rope/Ring
Hand Guns
Pens, cups, keys, dirt

Metsubishi - Deceptive Distraction (Physical and Psychological)


"Angle/Distance/Timing" - The Three Most important Elements of All Motion
Taijutsu - "Body Technique" refers to directing the momentum of your entire
body into every maneuver, not just the limb(s) that seem to be the most obvious
parts of the anatomy used during any given move. When properly using
taijutsu, the entire body moves to increase the power applied to any motion.

About translation: Japanese phrases are subtle and are interpreted in various
ways among different instructors. These translations are not intended for
scholarly study but will give you an acceptable sense of the meaning of the
Japanese words as they apply to understanding the movements.

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ABOUT THE VIRTUAL NINJA PACKAGE


Basics of Ninja Training videos are not included with this home-made video assessment service.
(You can also purchase this optional video assessment service without purchasing videos)

This optional service to assess your home video includes:


A.!"PERSONAL VIDEO ASSESSMENT and TESTING"
We will review and comment on your own videos that you make yourself
(You upload your own videos to Youtube or send us DVD/CD by mail:)
You may upload up to six 10-minute home videos of yourself for analysis on Youtube. Within 10
days of notification that one of your videos is uploaded, Sensei Roemke and/or senior instructors at
the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo will comment on your technique and answer your questions. OR you
may mail in a DVD or CDs of your home movies instead of using Youtube - limit of 1 hour of video.
You do not have to purchase the videos "Basis of Ninja Training" to purchase the evaluation services
included in this package. You may ask for kyu tests as part of this package. If you need another
hour of assessment, just purchase another "Virtual Ninja Package." (See limitations and restrictions
In #1 below. Also see details about belt and kyu rank testing on page 7, also pages 40-43.)

B. We will try to find in-person training opportunities near you


Ninja Learning Network will contact dojos or instructors in your area (if there are any) and introduce
you to those people. (If you decide to train or test with them they will likely charge you their usual
training and testing fees.) You can also be listed on our "Find Ninja Training Partners" Map if you
like. We can't guarantee that we will find someone to train with you, there may not be anyone, or
they may be located farther away than you are willing to travel.

C. TWO WEEKS FREE OPTIONAL, COMPLIMENTARY TRAINING AND RANK


TESTS, IN PERSON, AT SANTA CRUZ BUJINKAN DOJO
You may attend all Bujinkan classes at Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo located in Santa Cruz, on the coast
of central California, for 2 weeks, scheduled at your convenience. Go there for your Ninja vacation
or two! ) Scheduling must be confirmed in advance. During your training visit you may be given
necessary rank test(s) by Sensei Roemke at no extra charge, provided that your training visit
coincides with his availability to do so and that you qualify according to general health assessment
by sta! of Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo. There is no time limit for getting yourself to the dojo."(See
limitations and restrictions in #2 below. Also see belt rank testing information below.)
*Notes About Limitations and Restrictions
General: You must be 18 OR have written parental permission. You should consult with your doctor before beginning any martial arts
training. Ninja Learning Network is not liable for any injury of damages you incur while attempting to learn or emulate the
instruction provided in videos, emails or online interactions. You must conform to the Bujinkan Guidelines listed at
www.bujinkan.com.
*1 - Online ninjutsu lessons posted on Youtube!are subject to time limits, so compose the personal training videos you make of
yourself carefully. Other platforms for posting your home videos online can not be considered. Kyu tests and Green belt "rank test"
may be given as part of Virtual Ninja Package for no charge, but refer to details below about further restrictions and limitations.
*2 - This is a complimentary offer. No discount or refund will be offered if you a) decline or fail to participate with Santa Cruz
Bujinkan Dojo later on, b) you do not pass your tests. Expenses you incur to attend in-person training at the dojo in California are
your own responsibility and are not included with this package. You will not be allowed to train at the dojo unless you sign a standard
dojo liability waiver. You will not be guaranteed rank advancement, it will be awarded only if you safely and successfully pass your
testing. If so much time goes by the time you ask to attend live training at Santa Cruz Dojo that it has closed or moved, no refund will
be given. All instruction is in English. You must also agree to and conform with the student requirements set by the Honbu Dojo in
Japan.
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ABOUT THE VIRTUAL NINJA PACKAGE (cont)


Brief Notes about KYU Rank Testing with the "Virtual Ninja Package":
Kyu tests are optional but recommended. Students who purchase this package may pass a kyu test
via video analysis or in person. We recommend that students get assessment for each of the 9 kyus
as you study them. To "pass" a kyu test every student must demonstrate knowledge of all content
and the ability to perform it without consulting notes. Testing does not guarantee passing and
Sensei Roemke will be very strict before passing a students test. Students have more than one
chance to "pass" a test. When testing for a kyu via video analysis, all the maneuvers in a single kyu
must be organized into one submission and can not be dispersed across many submissions over
time. Students asking for this option will receive written verification of the pass kyu test
status from Shihan Roemke with no additional charges." (Note: some of the kyus require presence
of a partner in the analysis videos for proper demonstration and there are safety considerations
about this if the partner is not also training in martial arts. Ninja Learning Network is not liable for
injury or damage sustained to video training partners.) If students who "pass a test" want to also
receive an authentic certificate from Japan proving they have passed a kyu test, there will be an
additional $40 charge to cover the costs associated with contacting Japan and paying required fees
to secure authentic certificates. Kyu patches will cost an additional $10 per patch but are also
optional. Ninja Learning Network does not usually issue star patches but you can inquire about it if
you need them. Students may have to purchase more than one "Virtual Ninja Package" to be
assessed for all 9 kyu lessons because each package purchase entitles a student to one hour of
video analysis. It may take many students longer than one hour of video assessment and training
assistance to achieve results leading up to the black belt level. One Virtual Ninja Package entitles
one student only to video assessment.

Brief notes about BELT Rank Testing with the "Virtual Ninja Package":
Green belt status is automatically awarded for passing kyu tests for the material in kyus 8 and 9.
Black-belt tests will never be administered via video - in person only! It is assumed that you
will be training in-person with someone while following the video instruction in the Basics of
Ninja Training program, even if you can only train occasionally such as at seminars or by using
private instruction." Ninja Learning Network will make every e!ort to find other qualified instructors
near you who can train/test you and award green or black-belt rank to you in-person (if there are
any available.) There are other ways we can help facilitate a black-belt test for students when the
other options are not easy to manage. To earn the first degree black-belt ("Shodan") a student must
prove proficiency in all the material outlined in the "Basics of Ninja Training" videos and course
guide. Sensei Roemke does not charge "Virtual Ninja Package students for the belt testing itself and
students who "pass" will get a written confirmation that they "passed" the test for no additional
charge. But there is a $100 fee if a student wants to also receive a physical black belt to wear and
o#cial Japan certificate to own (which is optional.)"If the student must test with another instructor,
there usually is a fee due to that instructor, and there may be additional training fees. Be aware that,
although some other online black belt courses"imply that they can award belt rank to students, or
can guarantee success to students who only interact via video, this practice is not supported by
Ninja Learning Network, Sensei Roemke and a large portion of the Bujinkan Community. Such
methods do not ensure that students would be training correctly or safely." People can only learn in
a limited fashion via videos, even though videos and video analysis are extremely helpful. Students
who really want to learn this art should practice it with humans and be tested by experts who are in
the room with them and giving them instant feedback. Kyu testing is optional but recommended.
SEE PAGE 40 FOR DETAILS ABOUT RANK TESTING.

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KUKYU - 9TH KYU


LEVEL ONE
VIDEOS:
A. Junan Taiso - Body Conditioning
B. Kamae Plus Dojo Phrases - Postures and Basic Dojo Terminology and Etiquette
C. Ukemi - Breakfalls
D. Kaiten - Rolls
E. Dakentaijutsu - Striking Techniques
F. Tai Sabaki and Zanshin - Body Movement/Evasion and Awareness

Junan Taiso - "Body Conditioning"


Follow the precise warm up seen in the video before every training session.

Basic Dojo Phrases and Concepts


Domo arigato gozaimashita - Thank you very much
Yame - Stop
Hajime - Start
Ichi - 1
Ni - 2
San - 3
Shi - 4
Go - 5
Roku - 6
Shichi -7
Hachi - 8
Ku - 9
Ju - 10

Zenpo - Forward
Koho - Backward
Yoko - Sideways
Hidari - Left
Migi - Right
Uke - Receive (an attack) - Tori is the opposite
Shiken Haramitsu Daikomyo - Through every
encounter may I be brought to the highest light
Onegai Shimasu - Please assist me

As a beginner you should wear the black Gi (uniform) with a white belt. You can graduate to a
green belt after passing a ranking test to do so. Black belt is awarded after you pass testing for
Shodan level, which is equivalent to all the instruction featured in this curriculum. Female Bujinkan
students, called Kunoichi, may opt to wear the red belt in lieu of a green or black one, but should
start with white belts.

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9TH KYU - CONTINUED


Once you enter the dojo there are "bow in" and "bow out" procedures to follow. Bow toward the
kamiza (in the shrine area) before stepping onto the training floor and also when leaving it. When
starting a lesson, students line up and "bow in" with Sensei to start the lesson - and when bowing out
at the end. Students are positioned according to rank in front of Sensei. As you face Sensei, the most
experienced students sit on the right side of the dojo and should line up according to their status and
experience as you go down the line. When arriving late, you must wait outside the training floor area
until Sensei indicates that you may be permitted to join the session. There is more etiquette to learn
once you join a dojo for training.
The Kamae - "Postures"
Shizen No Kamae - Natural Posture
Seiza No Kamae - Correct Seat Posture
Ichimonji No Kamae - Figure Number One Posture
Hira No Kamae - Flat Posture
Jumonji No Kamae - Figure Number Ten Posture
Hicho No Kamae - Flying Bird Posture
Hoko No Kamae - Encircling Posture
Kosei No Kamae - Aggressive Posture
Hantachi No Kamae - Half Standing Posture
Fudoza No Kamae - Immovable Seat Posture
Doko No Kamae - Angry Tiger Posture
Ihen No kamae - Changing Posture
Bobi No Kamae - Defensive Posture
Hanza No Kamae - Half Seated Posture

Mastering Basic Kamae:


Understand the importance of proper Kamae - they are basic balance structures for the body
that are used during most maneuvering against opponents.
Try all Kamae on one foot and in motion from one to the other.
Weapons also have their own specific "Kamae" stances, some of which are directly related to
these basic ones, so prepare to learn weapon-wielding variations.

Taihenjutsu - "Body Movement / Body Position Changing Techniques"


(Part 1)
The Basic Ukemi - "Breakfalls"
Zenpo Ukemi - Forward Breakfall
Koho Ukemi - Backward Breakfall
Yoko Ukemi - Sideways Breakfall
Yoko Nagashi Zenpo Ukemi - Sideways Flowing Forward Breakfall

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9TH KYU - CONTINUED


The Basic Kaiten - "Rolls"
Zenpo Kaiten Naname - Forward Diagonal Roll
Koho Kaiten - Backward Roll
Zenpo to Koho Kaiten - Forward to Backward Roll
Sokuho Kaiten - Sideways roll
Yoko Nagare - Sideways Flow
Oten - Cartwheel
Hicho Kaiten - Flying bird roll
Jun Nagashi - Turning Flow
Shikko - Knee Walking (Note: Shikko is not technically Kaiten, but its handy here)
Mastering Basic Kaiten and Ukemi:
Practice first using both your hands, use both left and right sides. Later you will attempt with
one hand or no hands.
Understand the principles of Ukemi - At first, learn this as a safety method to escape attack
maneuvers. Later you will use Ukemi to also attack an opponent.
Understand what makes a good "Uke" - The concept of "Uke" and "Tori" can't be translated
simply, but for beginning training purposes "Uke" generally refers to the person who
"receives" an attack while two people are training. The other person is referred to as "Tori."
Sometimes it seems like Uke is initially attacking in training maneuvers, so this can be
confusing at first. (When seen as a term for a maneuver such as "Jodan Uke" it has a different
meaning but is grounded in the word "receiving.")

Dakentaijutsu - "Striking Techniques"


(Part 1)
Jodan Uke - Upper Level Receiving
Gedan Uke - Lower Level Receiving
Fudo Ken - Immovable Fist
Jodan Tsuki - Upper Level Punch/Thrust
Zenpo Geri - Forward Kick
Mastering Basic Dakentaijutsu:
Practice Left and right sides, incorporate Taijutsu, be aware of the potential to change your
Angle/Distance/Timing.

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9TH KYU - CONTINUED


Basic Tai Sabaki - "Body Movement/Evasion
Practice evasion from attacks by stepping at a 45 degree angle, or other angles, off of the straight
line between you and your attacker. This type of stepping out at an angle is called "stepping offline"
in much of the video instruction by Sensei Roemke.

Introduction to Zanshin - Awareness


Keep your mouth closed to protect your teeth from getting cracked if you are hit, and keep your
back hand up, ready to protect your face and body.
Bujinkan History
Research who Massaki Hatsumi and Toshitsugu Takamatsu are and what they have done.
Begin by understanding the identity and importance of Masaaki Hatsumi and Toshitsugu
Takamatsu. Hatsumi is the current Soke, or Grand Master, of "Bujinkan," also referred to as
Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Hatsumi was taught by Takamatsu. The origin and importance of
certain ancient scrolls of the Ryuha, ("The Nine Schools") that comprise Bujinkan learning
were passed down from traditional sources to ultimately be used in Hatsumi's overall
instruction. Hatsumi is current Grand Master of each of the Nine Schools of the Bujinkan.
The scrolls and the origins/legitimacy of Hatsumi's knowledge are a topic of great discussion
in the field of Ninjutsu and martial arts. Because such scrolls have been among the most
secret and protected documents in the history of the world until recently, the legitimacy of
such documentation cannot be presented in the same way that other arts can do - so they are
debated about frequently. Understanding why Hatsumi decided to take this art out of secrecy
and to make his "ninja" teaching available to the public is important and should be researched
on your own, primarily by reviewing the books and DVDs published by Hatsumi himself.
Some describe Hatsumi's motives as an attempt to unleash the power of his techniques to do
good against evil, one reason why persons with a criminal history are not permitted to learn
from any legitimate Bujinkan Sensei. This is a direct and intentional contrast to the historical
perception that the Ninja, descended from the ancient, destroyed system of the Japanese
Samurai, worked only for dark motives with questionable intent.
There is a fundamental ethic among most modern "Ninja" students based on honorable intent
and the opportunity/necessity to use the art for defense against evil-doers (or to achieve
personal enlightenment.) Students who demonstrate aggressive, violent intent are usually
asked to leave their dojos and some have been expelled from the Bujinkan community by
Japan. Bujinkan maintains a non-competitive philosophy and therefore hosts no competitions
whatsoever, only engaging in demonstration events called "tai kai" designed primarily for
learning. Studying Bujinkan technique and philosophy is nothing like studying modern-day
"MMA" in any way.
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HACHIKYU - 8TH KYU


LEVEL TWO
VIDEOS:
A. Hoken Juroppo Ken - The 16 Hidden/Secret Fists
B. Keri - Kicks
C. Uke Nagashi - Receiving Flow
D. Kihon Happo - The Eight Basic Ways (part one)
E. San Shin - The Three Hearts Form
F. Hanbo - The Half Staff Weapon

Dakentaijutsu
(continued)
Hoken Juroppo Ken - "The Sixteen Hidden/Secret Fists"
Kikaku Ken - Demon Horn Fist
Shuki Ken - Hand Wake Up Fist
Fudo Ken - Immovable Fist
Kiten Ken - Turn Causing Fist (Shuto, when in motion - Ura or Omote)
Shi Shin Ken - Finger Needle Fist
Shitan Ken - Finger Tip Fist
Shako Ken - Claw Fist
Shito Ken - Finger Sword Fist (Boshi Ken, when in motion)
Shikan Ken - Extended Knuckle Fist
Koppo Ken - Bone Principle Fist
Happa Ken - Eight Leaf Fist
Sokuyaku Ken - Dancing Foot Fist
Sokki Ken - Leg Wake Up Fist
Sokugyaku Ken - Foot Reverse Fist
Tai Ken - Body Fist
Shizen Ken - Natural Fist (Kiai was mentioned here - battle cry screaming)
Mastering Striking:
Note that "Ken" is often translated as "fist" but can refer to any part of the body that is
used to strike against the opponent including feet. You may come across the term "Ken Tai
Ichi Jo" which means "the body and fist move as one" - be prepared to incorporate your

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entire body into your strikes, not just the hand or leg that is indicated in the form you see in
the video.
Practice striking from all Kamae and also practice striking in all directions, at different heights
levels and from different distance ranges.
Begin to understand how to vary the important components of all maneuvers, especially the
"Angles/Distance/Timing" as you practice.

Keri - "Kicks"
Sokuho Geri - Sideways Kick
Koho Geri - Backwards kick
Happo Geri - Kicking in Eight Directions
Sukui Geri - Scooping Kick
Mastering Keri
You should be able to do these very slowly, controlling all muscles and balance points of your
body at every moment. Try to move very slowly while aiming and controlling your strike, even
holding the body still at various moments during the maneuver. At first this is more important
than attempting maximum power. You will achieve maximum power later anyway if you first
master control, speed, balance and targeting.

Uke Nagashi - "Receiving Flow


Jodan Nagashi - Upper Level Flow
Gedan Nagashi - Lower Level Flow
Keri Kudaki - Crushing the Kick
Ken Kudaki - Crushing the Fist
Mastering Uke Nagashi:
Train using both inside and outside angles and become fluent with alternating both the hands
and feet.
Also focus on changing Angle/Distance/Timing.

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Kihon Happo - "The Eight Basic Ways"
(Part 1)
Koshi Kihon Sanpo - "The Three Basic Ways of Striking"
(Part 1)
Ichimonji No Kata - Figure Number One Form
Torite Goho Gata - "The Five Forms of Grappling"
(Part 1)
Omote Gyaku - Outside Reversal
Ura Gyaku - Inside Reversal
Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki Gata - Outside Reversal Fist Evasion Form
! Use extreme caution while training for Kihon Happo. The joints and bones of you and
your grappling partner are at great risk of injury. Train very slowly with maximum
control.
San Shin No Kata - "The Three Hearts Forms"
Chi No Kata - Earth Form
Sui No Kata - Water Form
Ka No Kata - Fire Form
Fu No Kata - Wind Form
Ku No Kata - Void Form
Mastering Basic San Shin No Kata:
The San Shin is considered one of the most fundamental aspects of movement in this art. In
the future, you will vary these motions and add weapons to them, etc. For now, learn the
basic forms until they become second nature to you.
Weapon: Hanbo - "The Short staff"
The Kamae for Hanbo
Kata Yaburi No Kamae - Form Breaking Posture
Munen Muso No Kamae - No Thought No Intention Posture
Otonashi No Kamae - Soundless Posture
Practice striking from all Hanbo Kamae in all directions and feel differences of
Angle/Distance/Timing. Train with a partner for grappling, countering your opponent's
various grabs and strikes, and vice versa.

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The Nine Schools of the Bujinkan - The Ryuha


Research and understand the history and significance of The Nine Schools in Bujinkan History.
Six of the schools are Samurai schools, three are Ninja (Ninjutsu) schools. You should research
the history and development of Samurai and Ninjutsu traditions.
Know the basic purpose of each school. Be able to name each one. They are:
Togakure Ry" Ninp# Taijutsu ()
Hidden Door School (Ninja)
Said to be the source of most early Ninjutsu techniques and weapons, the strongest basis for
modern Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu instruction.
Hatsumi Soke is the 34th generation Grand Master.
Gyokko Ry" Kosshijutsu ()
Jewel Tiger School (Samurai)
Focuses on the muscular system, has major influence on unarmed basics such as the San
Shin No Kata and Kihon Happo, striking with fingers and toes, etc.
Hatsumi Soke is the 28th generation Grand Master.
Kuki Shinden Ry" Happ# Bikenjutsu ()
Nine Demons School (Samurai)
Sometimes called The Samurai School, famous for military tactics, weapon techniques
associated with the Samurai such as the sword, spear, sword, staff, fire, rope.
Hatsumi Soke is the 28th generation Grand Master.
Koto Ry" Kopp#jutsu ()
Tiger Falling School (Samurai)
Focuses on skeletal and bone structures, bone manipulation and breaking, pain/weakness
points, unique cross-stepping footwork and unusual sword technique.
Hatsumi Soke is the 18th generation Grand Master.
Shinden Fudo Ry" Dakentaijutsu ()
Immovable Tradition School (Samurai)
Focuses on natural movement and the study of nature, striking and kicking, the art of
defeating a stronger opponent by pretending weakness.
Hatsumi Soke is the 26th generation Grand Master.

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Takagi Yoshin Ry" J"taijutsu ()


High Tree Raise Heart School (Samurai)
Known for its Samurai style jujutsu, unarmed combat at close range and against swords.
Hatsumi Soke is the 26th generation Grand Master.
Gikan Ry" Kopp#jutsu ()
Regarding Justice School (Samurai)
Focuses on skeletal structure. Features many kicks, throws and strikes. Not commonly taught.
Hatsumi Soke is the 15th generation Grand Master.
Gyokushin Ry" Ninp# ()
Jewel Spirit School (Ninja)
Referred to as holding Ninjutsus many secret philosophies and tactics. Not commonly taught.
Hatsumi Soke is the 21st generation Grand Master.
Kumogakure Ry" Ninp# ()
Hidden Among Clouds School (Ninja)
Referred to as Ninjutsu with unique Taijutsu, particularly leaping, used of hooked spears.
Specializes also in field craft and espionage. Not commonly taught.
Hatsumi Soke is the 15th generation Grand Master.

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NANAKYU - 7TH KYU


LEVEL THREE
VIDEOS:
A. Taihenjutsu (continued)
B. Kihon Happon (continued)
C. Hajutsu Kuho - The Eight Techniques and Nine Ways
D. Katana Kamae- Sword Postures
E. Katana Giri - Cutting with the Sword
F. Katana Nuki - Draws with the Sword
G. Shinken Muto Dori Gata - Sword Evasion Techniques
H. Katana Parts and Etiquette
I. Finishing Pins

Taihenjutsu
(continued)
Kiten - Flips
Kuten - Handsprings
Yoko Aruki - Sideways Walking
Shinobi Aruki - Silent Walking
Shiho Tenchi Tobi - "The Four Ways of Heaven/Earth Leaping"
Zenpo Tobi - Forward Leap
Koho Tobi - Backward Leap
Migi Tobi - Right Leap
Hidari Tobi - Left Leap
Fudoza Tobi - Immovable Seat Leap
Chi Tobi - Earth Leap
Mastering Basic Leaping and Flipping:
Practice the Taihenjutsu section movements listed above from all Kamae, and one handed,
landing at different angles, etc.

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Kihon Happo
(continued)
Koshi Kihon Sanpo
(continued)
Jumonji No Kata - Figure Number Ten Form
Hicho No Kata - Flying Bird Form
Torite Goho Gata
(continued)
Ganseki Nage - Rock Throw
Musha Dori - Warrior Capture
Hajutsu Kuho - "The Eight Techniques and the Nine Ways"
Tehodoki - Wrist Escapes
Katate - One hand, same side
Gyakute - One Hand, cross side
Morote - Both Hands
Ryote - Two Hands
Taihodoki - Body Escapes
Oyagoroshi - Killing the Parent
Kogoroshi - Killing the Child
Taihodoki - Body Escape
Koshi kudaki - Hip Crush

! Use extreme caution while training for Hajutsu Kuho. The joints of you and
your grappling partner are at great risk of injury. Train very slowly with maximum
control.
Shinken Mutodori Gata - "Sword Evasions" (From Kamae)
Ichimonji - Figure Number One Posture
Hira - Flat Posture
Jumonji - Figure Number Ten Posture
! Use extreme caution while training with ALL weapons shown in this course. Be
aware that most of them may be illegal where you live. Ninja Learning Network

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recommends that you contact government agencies for regulations in your area and do
NOT use illegal weapons.
Katana Kamae
Daijodan no Kamae - Great Upper Level Posture
Seigan no Kamae - Correct Eye Posture
Chudan no Kamae - Middle Level Posture
Gedan no Kamae - Lower Level Posture
Tosui no Kamae - Water Ridge Posture
Ura Gedan no Kamae - Outside Lower Level Posture
Hasso no Kamae - Eight Apparitions Posture
Tenchi no Kamae - Heaven and Earth Posture
Kasumi no Kamae - Mist Posture
Totoku Hyoshi no Kamae - Sword Hiding Catapult Posture
Uke Nagashi no Kamae - Flowing Block Posture
Ichimonji no Kamae - Figure Number One Posture
You should also watch our Youtube video on wearing katana and other katana videos
http://youtu.be/VYEHJaDsXHc

Katana Nuki - Draws with the sword


Nuki Uchi - Drawing Cut
Tate Nuki Uchi - Vertical Drawing Cut
Gyaku Kesa Bato - Reverse Angle of Monk's Robes Drawing Cut
Gyakute - Reverse Hand
Gyaku - Reverse (can refer to a direction of handwork, footwork, etc.)
Katana Giri - Cutting with the sword
Kiri Oroshi - Dropping Cut
Kiri Age - Rising Cut
Kesa Giri Migi - Cutting the Angle of Monk's Robes from the Right
Kesa Giri Hidari - Cutting the Angle of Monk's Robes from the Left
Do Giri Migi - Sideways Figure Number One Cut from the Right
Do Giri Hidari - Sideways Figure Number One Cut from the Left
Gyaku Kesa Giri Migi - Reverse Cutting the Angle of Monk's Robes from the Right
Gyaku Kesa Giri Hidari - Reverse Cutting the Angle of Monk's Robes from the Left
Tsuki - Thrust

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Katana - Parts Terminology and Etiquette
Tsuka - Handle
Tsuba - Handguard
Saya - Sheath
Sageo - Cord for sheath
Tsuka Kishiri - Handle Endcap
Ha - Blade edge
Mune - Back of sword
Kisaki - Point of sword where it starts to become the tip
Hi - Blood Gutter
Hamon -Temper line
The way you sit, bow and position your sword are strictly defined and may vary according to
the status of the relationship between you and others in the room.
Mastering basic sword maneuvers and sword care:
Be aware that advanced sword art requires far more precision of movement than shown here.
Using a rubber or wooden training sword or similar prop is perfectly OK at first. Do not handle
any sharp blades at this stage in your training. Training to understand and perform sword
maneuvers is tricky and highly formalized. There are different names for different kinds of
blades and many martial art forms that use the sword have incredibly high standards
regarding the perfection of your motions. Here, we are only making you aware of the basic
terms and moves needed to begin handling a basic samurai sword.
Practice Ukemi and Kaiten with the sword.
Try bringing the Saya up with the sword and and pull the Saya down to draw it out.
Learn to also step back instead of stepping forward to draw the sword.
Practice draws from all the different Katana Kamae.
Train by trying different attacks from each stance.
Understand alternative combat uses for Saya, Tsuka, Tsuba and Sageo that go beyond the
sword structures itself, i.e., pinching with a Tsuba, clubbing with a Saya or entangling with a
Sageo.
Learn how a sword cuts as opposed to hacking with the blade.
Practice grappling while wearing a sword - from grabs, strikes, etc.
Learn basic sword care related to handling, oiling, storing, etc.

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Finishing Techniques (Pins)


Omote Takeori - Outward Breaking Bamboo
Ura Takeori - Inward Breaking Bamboo
Omote gyaku - Outward Reversal
Ura Gyaku - Inward Reversal
Oogyaku - Great Reversal
Do Gaeshi - Turning the Body
! Use extreme caution while training for pins. The joints and bones of you and your
grappling partner are at great risk of injury. Train very slowly with maximum control.

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ROKYU - 6TH KYU


LEVEL FOUR
VIDEOS:
A. Taihenjutsu No Hands - Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten
B. Dakentaijutsu and Ashi Sabaki - Strikes (continued) and Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion
C. Gyaku Waza - Reversal Techniques
D. Nage Waza - Throwing Techniques (part one)
E. Rokushakubo Kamae - Long Staff Postures
F. Rokushakubo Spins
G. Rokushakubo Strikes

Taihenjutsu
(continued)
Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten
Carefully practice high-fall Ukemi and Ukemi/Kaiten with no hands (only with an
experienced partner)
Vocabulary Note: Ryote (two hands) , Katate (one hand) Mute (no hands)

Dakentaijutsu
(continued)
Keri
(continued)
Juji Geri - Cross Kick
Kakushi Geri - Crescent Kick
Kagato - Heel kick from behind
Mastering Advanced Dakentaijutsu:
Learn to strike from different footwork and practice "hidden strikes" (where Uke cannot
see your strike coming.)

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Begin to inflict multiple strikes without retracting your arms or legs (i.e., Shuto to Uko followed
by Boshi Ken to Kiri Gasumi without retracting the striking hand at all.)
Drill striking in all directions and from all Kamae and Ukemi (i.e., punch while going into Zenpo
Kaiten Naname, or kicking out while doing Koho Nagare Kaiten.)
Ashi Sabaki - "Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion"
(Part 1)
Ashi barai - Leg hooks
Keri kaeshi - Kicking Counters
Mastering Ashi Sabaki:
Try Ashi Sabaki from all Kamae, on different sides of the body, etc.
Gyaku waza - Reversal Techniques
Take Ori - Breaking Bamboo
Oni Kudaki - Demon Crusher (Omote and Ura)
Hon Gyaku - Base Reversal
Musodori - No Thought Capture
Oogyaku - Great Reversal
Perform all Gyaku Waza from all Kamae and from different attacks.
Nage waza - "Throwing Techniques
(Part 1)
Oosoto Nage - Major Outer Throw
Seoi Nage - Shoulder Throw
Ganseki Otoshi - Dropping a Big Rock
Ganseki Ori - Breaking a Big Rock
Ganseki Oshi - Pushing a Big Rock
! Use extreme caution while training for Nage Waza. The joints and bones of you and
your grappling partner are at great risk of injury. Train very slowly with maximum
control.

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Weapon: Rokushakubo Kamae - Long Staff Postures


Jodan no Kamae - Upper Level Posture
Chudan no Kamae - Middle Level Posture
Seigan no Kamae - Correct Eye Posture
Gedan no Kamae - Lower Level Posture
Ihen no Kamae - Changing Posture
Hira no Kamae - Flat Posture
Hira-Ichimonji no Kamae - Flat Figure Number One Posture
Heito no Kamae - Being to Overthrow Evil Posture
Tenchijin no Kamae - Heaven, Earth, Man Posture
Also understand how to bow and roll with the Rokushakubo.
Spinning the Rokushakubo
Forward spin
Backward spin
Side to side spin
Bo Furi Gata (2 people striking with bo) also called Men Uchi Harai
Spinning from one spin into another
Striking with the Rokushakubo
Shomen Uchi - Strike to the Crown
Yokomen Uchi - Strike to the Temples
Do/Kote Uchi - Strike to the Body/Wrist
Age Uchi - Rising Strike
Ashi Barai - Leg Sweep
Tsuki - Thrust
Mastering basic Rokushakobo techniques:
Practice striking from all Kamae and all spins, in all directions. Roll and fall with it.
Grapple from grabs and strikes with the weapon, against someone else who has the weapon,
against other weapons, etc.

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GOKYU - 5TH KYU


LEVEL FIVE
VIDEOS:
A. Taihenjutsu - Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten (continued)
B. San Shin Gokui - Inner Essence of San Shin
C. Nage Waza (continued)
D. Knife and Shoto Introduction (2 videos)
E. Advanced Knife Techniques
F. Kyusho Points - Weakness Points

Taihenjutsu
(continued)
Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten
(continued)
Ukemi with all weapons
Changing distances and speeds while falling and rolling (long vs. short rolls, slow vs. fast)
Learn to fall and roll quietly. This not only helps mask your presence but indicates good
technique. Try it on hard surfaces and up/down inclines to force yourself not to pound into
the surfaces or rely strictly on your momentum. Control all aspects of the movement for
perfect speed, placement and silence, according a variety of potential self-defense
scenarios.
San Shin: Gokui
Analyze and train to understand the "Gokui" (inner essence) of each element
(understanding the dynamics of where power is generated from)
Train with multiple blocking and striking scenarios (i.e., step back into Bobi twice and then
step forward with Sanshitan Ken for Chi No Kata)

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Nage Waza - "Throwing" Waza
(continued)
Yoko Nagare - Sideways Flow
Tachi Nagare - Standing Flow
Tachi Nage - Standing Throw
Temakura - Hand Pillow
Koshi Nage - Hip Throw
Ippon Seoi Nage - One Arm Shoulder Throw
Ippon Zeoi Nage - One Arm Back Throw
Gyaku Ippon Zeoi Nage - Reversed One Arm Back Throw
Knife and Shoto Introduction
Tanto - "Knife"
Three basic grips and the advantages and disadvantages of each grip
Nine basic cuts (same as sword)
Ideal targets for cuts (arteries, tendons, airway)
Grappling from grabs and strikes with the knife
Shoto - "Short Sword"
Similar to a modern machete, the actions for handling it are similar to knife/sword, but
adjusted for the different length
Mastering short blade weapons:
Understand each weaponss range and assess your danger and prognosis if attacked by these
weapons (i.e, just run if hes got a knife. Really.)
Practice the Kihon Happo maneuvers against these weapons.
Kyusho - "Weakness Points" (Part 1)
Kyusho points are weakness spots on the body used to inflict pain, distraction and confusion in the
mind of your enemy.
Nagare - On the forearm, below the elbow where muscles come together
Uko - Muscle on the side of the neck
Sui Getsu - At the Solar Plexus in the Chest
Jakkin - Inside of Bicep
Kasumi - Temples of the Head

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YONKYU - 4TH KYU


LEVEL SIX
VIDEOS:
A. Ukemi as Attack
B. Kihon Happo Variations
C. San Shin Variations
D. Nage Waza (continued)
E. Kasuri Fundo - Weapon, Chain with Metal Tips
F. Multiple Attackers
G. Kyusho (continued)

Taihenjutsu
(continued)
Advanced Ukemi
(continued)
Using Ukemi as a weapon of attack (rolling into people, grabbing limbs while falling and
breaking them by rolling, etc)
Kihon Happo
(continued)
Drill the Kihon Happo from all Kamae, using: one hand, 2 hands, no hands, and with other body
parts
Advanced San Shin
(continued)
Vary the footwork, distancing and speed of all Kata (i.e., start by stepping forward or with Yoko
Aruki, etc.)

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Nage Waza
(continued)
Itami Nage - Pain Throw
Katate Nage - One Handed Throw
Oosoto Guruma - Major Outer Wheel
O Uchi Gake - Great Striking Hook
Tomoe Nage - Circle Throw
Karuma Nage - Wheel Throw
Sui Nage - Water Throw

Kusari Fundo - Metal Weights on the Ends of a Chain


Learn to use it for strikes and grappling against grabs and punches.
Multiple Attacker Strategies
Begin to understand the different strategies and Angle/Distance/Timing awareness needed to inflict
strikes and engage in grappling against multiple attackers.
Kyusho
(continued)
Koe - Hip/Leg Joint at front of the body
Butsumetsu - The floating ribs at the bottom of the rib cage
Jinchu - Just under the nose where it joins to the face
Kiri Gasumi - Just underneath the ear lobe
Suzu - Testicles

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SANKYU - 3RD KYU


LEVEL SEVEN
VIDEOS:
A. Taihenjutsu (continued)
B. San Shin Variations
C. Ashi Sabaki (continued)
D. Jime Waza - Choking Techniques
E. Nage Waza (continued)
F. Jute - Metal Rod Weapon with a Hook Structure Near the Handle
G. Shuriken, Knife and Ax - Metal Throwing Weapons
H. Walking and Advanced Zanshin
I. Kyusho (continued)

Taihenjutsu
(continued)
Advanced Ukemi
(continued)
Start to "freestyle" more when training with a partner. Rather than just performing any
given maneuver with strict formality, start to break into more spontaneous counter-attack
strategies. For example, as "Uke" (receiver) you should be ready to hit "Tori" (aggressor)
with a surprise maneuver if you see an opening or they dont have you actually controlled
with their attacking move. Go beyond "rote demonstration of maneuvers" and begin to
counterattack with your own unpredictable moves.
Advanced San Shin
(continued)
Drill San Shin with all weapons and from all Kamae. Use it against attackers.
Ashi Sabaki
(continued)
You should be able to step on your opponents feet without looking at them.
Think about new Zanshin concepts explained below.

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Jime Waza - "Choking" waza
Hon Jime - Base Choke
Gyaku Jime - Reverse Choke
Itami Jime - Pain choke
Sankaku Jime - Three Pointed Choke
Do Jime - Body Choke
Gyaku Juji Jime - Reverse Figure Number Ten Position Choke
Katate Jime - One Handed Choke
Practice these from all Kamae and from various attacks.
Nage Waza
(continued)
Harai Goshi - Sweeping hip throw
Hiza Guruma - Knee Wheel
Hane Koshi - Popping hip throw
Uchi Mata - Inner Thigh Throw
Yoko Seoi Nage - Sideways Shoulder Throw
Weapons: Kunai (also Tessen, Jutte)
Medium-sized, metal, hand-held weapons usually used for grappling
Strike with these weapons in your hands. Practice grappling from grabs and strikes with an
opponent.
Weapons: Shuriken, Knives and Axes - Throwing Blades
Senban Shuriken - Flat throwing blades, especially "Ninja Stars"
Bo Shuriken - Throwing Spikes
Sharpened Throwing Knife
Axe
Learn to throw these into targets at different distances, change hands.
Use them in your hands while grappling and striking.

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"Walking"
Learn to do Bujinkan techniques while constantly in motion, never stopping. Go beyond rote
performance of maneuvers and begin to take more control of your opponent by utilizing constant
motion to vary Angle/Distance/Timing.
Zanshin
(continued)
Be able to do all techniques without directly looking at the opponent, with one eye closed, with both
eyes closed, blindfolded, etc. Start to think about "feeling" other similar "peripheral" awareness cues
when moving your body or any part of it. Be able to assess all the input your brain can receive about
all objects and conditions of your environment without your vision.
Kyusho
(continued)
Asagasumi - Chin
Tenmon - Bridge of the nose
Omote Kimon - Upper pectoral
Ura Kimon - Below the nipple
Ryumon - Above the collar bone where it meets the shoulder

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NIKYU - 2ND KYU


LEVEL EIGHT
VIDEOS:
A. Kuzushi - Off Balancing
B. Nage Waza (continued)
C. Shuko - Metal Claw Weapon
D. Naginata - Spearlike Weapons
E. Yari - Spearlike Weapon
F. Kyusho (continued)

Kuzushi - "Off balancing"


Use both physical and psychological techniques that will stop the intended motion of your
opponent.
Begin to understand and practice different physical types of Kuzushi (i.e. forward, backward,
sides, down, etc.) and the importance of space and momentum of both yourself and your
opponent. Start to master the "third leg" concept about the invisible "third balance point" that
exists with you and your opponent, and how to keep your opponent from stationing
him/herself comfortably within this tripod of balance points. You are one point, your opponent is
the second point, and the third leg or balance point is where your momentum would go
together for you to both stand solidly with no chance of falling off balance. Take your opponent
away from this third point by controlling the space and momentum of your motions. Equally
important, if not more so, is surprising your opponent with psychological strategies like
metsubishi "fake moves," etc.
Nage Waza
(continued)
Kubi Nage - Neck throw
Gyaku Ippon Seoi Nage - Reverse Number One Shoulder Throw
Empi Nage - Elbow Throw
Taki Otoshi - Cataract Drop*
*Is actually a category of throws

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Weapon: Shuko - Metal Claws for the Hands


Practice grappling and strikes and be able to slide them on and off without looking.
Climbing with them is one traditional use but that is very painful to the hands.
Weapon: Yari - Spear
Reiho - Bowing
Tate Rei - Standing Bow
Za Rei - Kneeling Bow
Yari Kamae
Tate No Kamae
Tachi No Kamae
Seigan No Kamae
Gedan No Kamae
Chudan No Kamae
Jodan No Kamae
Butto Nino Tachi
Rui Sui No Kamae
Taihen No Kamae
Weapon: Naginata - Similar to the Yari, with a Different Metal Head
Naginata Kamae
Tenchi No Kamae
Gyaku Ihen No Kamae
Hasso No Kamae
Ichimonji No Kamae
Seigan No Kamae

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Mastering basic Yari and Naginata weapon concepts:


Practice striking with both ends and middle of the shaft, using as a lever between the feet, etc.
Maintain point/blade control (i.e., keeping the blade facing the opponent while changing attack
sides.)
Practice grappling from grabs and strikes with and against these weapons. Learn tactics, advantages
and disadvantages of each.
Try holding back multiple attackers who are using various weapons.
Practice weapon-against-weapon scenarios with a partner (i.e, against Kusari Fundo or Bo)

Kyusho
(continued)
Toki - Top of foot
Dokkotsu - Throat
Murasame - The Divet Where the Clavicles Meet
Matsukaze - Adam's Apple
Yaku - Outside of shin

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IKKYU - 1ST KYU


LEVEL NINE
VIDEOS:
A. Nage Waza (continued)
B. Kyoketsu Shoge - Rope with Ring and Special Blade on the ends, weapon
C. Advanced Weapon Techniques
D. Countering Counters
E. Kyusho (continued)

Nage Waza
(continued)
Advanced Karuma Gaeshi Nage - Advanced Wheel Turn Throw
Juji Nage - Figure Number Ten Throw
Morote Gyaku Ippon Zeoi Nage - Two handed Shoulder Throw on Reversed Arm
Ura Nage - Reverse Throw
Begin to think about targeting where Uke lands after throw.
Weapon: Kyoketsu Shoge - Metal Ring and a Special Blade on Opposite Ends of a Rope
Spinning the Kyoketsu Shoge
Over hand and under hand
Overhead and on each side
Forward and backward
Strikes with Kyoketsu Shoge
Strike from all spins in all directions.
Grappling with Kyoketsu Shoge from grabs and strikes
Use all components of the weapon: grab with the ring, hook with the blade, snare
with the rope, etc.

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1ST KYU - CONTINUED

Advanced Weapons Techniques


Non lethal use of lethal weapons
Drawing and using weapons while keeping them hidden from view
Drawing weapons with natural movement
Countering Counter-attacks
Go beyond mere performance of strictly defined maneuvers. Begin to take your opponent off-guard
when they are trying a counter attack by adding another spontaneous counter attack of your own.
This is the level when you should be able to stop thinking about particular maneuvers that you are
practicing and start just using techniques randomly according to what might be effective for
vanquishing your opponent. In other words, use your training to PLAY!
Kyusho
(continued)
Sai - Outer Thigh Where the Canter Muscles Bundle
Kaku - Knee
Kobura - Center of the Calf
Shichibatsu - Upper Ridge of Pelvic Bone at the Back
Hadome - Under the Cheekbone, Under the Eye Area
Here are 5 more not included in the videos that you should learn:
Yubitsubo - The Ridge of the Thumb Muscles
Hoshi - The Inner Bottom Part of Elbow
Gorin - Five Points in a Pentagon Pattern Around the Navel
Kage - The Bone Above the Solar Plexus
Wakiboshi - At the armpit

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SHODAN LEVEL TRAINING


VIDEOS TO WATCH:
Your video assignment for Shodan Level instruction is to subscribe to Ninja Learning
Network's Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ninjalearningnetwork.
Visit often for updates, new lessons appear nearly frequently.
DON'T WAIT until you finish studying the 9 kyus to start learning from that great
resource and also research other Ninjutsu videos, weapons info and read audience
comments.
Or follow the Ninja Training Video Blog at one of these Ninja Learning Network social sites:
TWITTER (@NinjaNetwork)

FACEBOOK

BUJINKAN IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS...


Remember that, in Bujinkan, every dojo is free to design their own curriculum - and they vary
widely. Every Sensei who has been authorized to do so by Hatsumi Soke is permitted to grant
rank for any reason. Generally, after the 1st kyu is complete, instructors offer an additional "level"
of instruction, called "Shodan" level, in anticipation of developing technique proficiency worthy of
a 1st degree blackbelt (that is what "shodan" refers to.)
This level often contains a wide variety of instruction that increases weapons knowledge and
encourages more training variations (henka) of the basic waza, kata, etc. from the Kyus. At this
more advanced level students become fluent with responding to real scenarios that require "out of
the box" thinking and more spontaneous responses to attacks, not mere performance of Kamae
and so forth. Also, utilizing standard maneuvers and their variations would be explored under
various unpredictable, real-life scenarios (such as performing the Kihon Happo while in car seats
or using ballpoint pens at the office to defend against attackers.) Obviously, more advanced
training and philosophy of movement for real-life survival is incorporated at this level. Students
who complete training of the 9 Kyus may even be expected to start instructing beginning students
as part of "Shodan Level" training experience. Mainly, HANDS ON TRAINING and spontaneous
movement is intensified at this level.
The "Basics of Ninja Training" video course does not offer ONE single video set or DVD to explain
the "Shodan" level that would normally be taught at the end of the 9 Kyus. Instead, the course
designers and producers regularly post equivalent video lessons on their Youtube channel and the
Ninja Learning Network web site. This body of work cumulatively matches or surpasses what
could be offered in a handful of videos called "Shodan Level." This series of online instruction,
entitled "Ninja Training Video Blog," is a living, interactive, ongoing version of "Shodan Level"
video instruction and it offers you additional learning opportunities by means of the comments
contributed by other viewers. We recommend you subscribe on our Youtube, Twitter, Facebook or
Bloggit sites for updates - and to participate with the comments of other more experienced
Bujinkan students.

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SHODAN LEVEL TRAINING


CONTINUED

KYUSHO POINTS
Practice attacking all points with different parts of your body and with weapons.
Strike Kyusho points while performing all maneuvers.

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SHODAN LEVEL TRAINING


CONTINUED
Kihon Happo
"

Perform all techniques from kneeling, in a chair, in a car and from the ground

Firearms
Handgun and Rifle
Safety and Handling
Shooting and Targeting
Disarms
Understanding Distancing
Firing at a Range
Disarming with Live Airsoft Pistols
Improvised Weapons
(Note: due to terrorism, Hatsumi Soke and others are not currently teaching
explosives technology or poison techniques and the like...)
Chopsticks
Fork
Pen
Bottle
Book
Newspaper
More: invent some from the everyday environment
Teach beginning students, under the supervision of qualified instructors.
Increase your conditioning and improve the speed control and smoothness of
all your movement. Explore more Taijutsu and Angle/Distance/Timing control.
Review all Kyus and schedule a rank test.

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ABOUT RANK & ONLINE TRAINING


Students may take advantage of optional online and in-person training and rank test assistance
ONLY by purchasing the optional Virtual Ninja Package (see page 6.) All students who do not
purchase this are encouraged to post questions to the Ninja Learning Network Youtube channel
instead for assistance with their training from the entire Bujinkan community. Anyone can find
training opportunities on Ninja Learning Networks Google map for Finding Ninjutsu Training.
Students must be at least 18 years old (or provide written parental permission) and have no
criminal record to receive any online personal training or video analysis assistance from Ninja
Learning Network. Ninja Learning Network also reserves the right to refuse assistance to anyone
deemed unsuitable to study in the Bujinkan for any reason.

Who needs rank testing and home video analysis?


People who don't need it:
Many students who acquire the "Basics of Ninja Training" black belt video course are already
training with an instructor who will train with them in-person and provide rank testing. Such
students only use the videos to review maneuvers, compare variations in techniques, get new
ideas or to supplement their knowledge of other martial arts. These students do not need
assistance from Ninja Learning Network with training, ranking or registration with the Honbu
Dojo. Many also don't need feedback from Ninja Learning Network about their technique or
progress, by either video analysis or in-person. They really just want to watch the videos.
People who do need it:
Many students do not have access to a nearby dojo or instructor and feel they have enough
drive or experience in other martial arts to learn the basics of Bujinkan "at home." These
students WILL need feedback about their progress (perhaps via video analysis) and will also
need assistance finding in-person training opportunities, rank testing and official registration with
The Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in Japan. Ninja Learning Network offers the Virtual Ninja Package as
a way to to work one-on-one with these students to help them arrange for some video analysis
feedback, to help them find the closest instructor for "in-person training", to schedule time if the
student wants to come to the Santa Cruz, CA dojo, and to assist with registering them with the
Bujinkan in Japan. These students must follow the general recommendations below, any of
which can be customized to suit the situation of each individual.
Remember that, unlike other martial arts, Bujinkan is not highly structured and students should
expect flexible and customized planning with their Bujinkan education. In practice, belt rank
testing in particular is not structured like other arts such as Karate. Authorized Sensei have
complete authority to award rank as they see fit but are expected to adhere to general Bujinkan
guidelines and philosophy. Ninja Learning Network's training curriculum is directed by 12th Dan
Sensei Mark Roemke who is authorized by Hatsumi Soke the Grand Master of the Bujinkan.
Sensei Roemke and any other authorized instructors associated with Ninja Learning Network
adhere to the tenets and requirements set by the Bujinkan. This is genuine Bujinkan Budo
Taijutsu teaching (Ninja / Ninjutsu) and not a "customized school" that strays from the guidelines
and spirit set by Hatsumi.
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ABOUT RANK & ONLINE TRAINING - cont.


Our only goal is to promote and teach effective, safe and authentic Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Students who are in pursuit of belt rank testing "merely for the sake of receiving the belt rank
itself" will not be considered serious students and will not be supported if their skills and efforts
do not warrant it. But by cooperating with our strict learning requirements a student may
ultimately receive a genuine and universally respected belt rank. (Be aware that some Ninjutsu
schools who offer distance training via video and who easily award belt rank via mere video
testing are criticized in the Bujinkan and students with rank from them are not always respected.
Ninja Learning Network expects students to train with real people while using video.)
Refer to Bujinkan Guidelines at http://bujinkan.com/guidelines.htm

How does Ninja Learning Network test and award belt rank?
ONLY AVAILABLE TO VIRTUAL NINJA PACKAGE STUDENTS. (Also read page 3)
FIVE STEPS TOWARD A 1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT
Simply put: the only belt rank test before the black belt is the green belt. There are 9 kyus to
learn leading to Shodan (1st degree black belt) rank. Kyu testing is optional but recommended.
Step One:
(Students automatically begin with "White Belt" rank to start 9th kyu training.)
a. Begin Studying the 9th Kyu videos. Starting rank is "White Belt".
b. Bujinkan registration is NOT required to get/watch the videos. But inform Ninja Learning
Network when you consider yourself to be a serious student and that you are ready to "register
with Japan". All students are expected by Hatsumi Soke to "register with the Honbu Dojo in
Japan " to be an official, card-carrying member of Bujinkan. Sensei Roemke is authorized to
register his students in Japan and will send in the official papers to Japan for you on request.
There is "a Bujinkan membership fee" for this that is required by Japan, and some additional
shipping and handling charges for a total of $50. You will get back a membership card from the
actual Bujinkan Honbu Dojo in Chiba, Japan. Ninja Learning Network will rely on the student
to request membership and will not be responsible for "policing and enforcing" their
membership. It is up to the student to pursue Bujinkan membership, and annual
renewals, with our assistance or through another dojo.
(Note: be aware that some organizations issue so-called "Bujinkan certificates" that are NOT
from Japan. Rather, they are merely certificates from their own organization. Such certificates do
not register you in Japan, which is required for you to be considered a legitimate Bujinkan
member. Some organizations charge far more than the membership fee Japan asks for to
submit such registration. Also, many students never register with Japan and many Sensei do
not bother to mention it to students - but that is technically incorrect behavior. We encourage
official registration.)
Refer to Bujinkan Guidelines at http://bujinkan.com/guidelines.htm

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Step Two:
(Determine in-person and video analysis training opportunities)
"Basics of Ninja Training " students can let Ninja Learning Network attempt to find authorized
instructors and/or training partners near them. And all students are encouraged to travel to the
Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo at their convenience for at least two weeks of training, or other similar
arrangements. Ninja Learning Network will try to find in-person training near them on request.
Ninja Learning Network can use a limited amount of video analysis for "long-distance video
advice" to help students make progress toward a black belt rank. But no amount of video
analysis training can possibly fulfill all training requirements toward a black belt rank. Video
analysis can help you train, but it will not be enough for you to pass a black belt test. You will
need extensive hands-on training to be able to pass a black belt test.
(Note: "Video Analysis" means that students produce their own home videos of their maneuvers
and post it on Youtube, or mail in a DVD/CDs of the video. Students will receive written
feedback and recommendations about techniques from Sensei Roemke and senior staff at the
Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo. To purchase this service see Virtual Ninja Package page 6.)
Step Three:
(Train; study 9th and 8th kyus; pass the 8th & 9th Kyus tests for a "Green Belt")
Learn 8th Kyu and 9th Kyu. (SEE KYU TESTING details on page 43.) While learning those
kyus, students can utilize video analysis service to get generic feedback before asking for Kyu
tests. (To pass a test, a student must perform the material correctly without referring to notes.)
Students will not be passed if they cannot prove proficiency (but will be allowed to test again.)
There is no fee for kyu testing with the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo for students who have
purchased Virtual Ninja Package. Students will receive written confirmation from Shihan
Roemke that they have passed - or failed. Students who pass the test AND also want an official
Japan Kyu certificate (optional) must pay an additional $40 fee per kyu. Students may pursue
rank tests at other dojos which will not be free, fees will be due to that dojo, and possible training
fees as well. It is permissible to test up to 3 times when a student does not pass a test.
Step Four:
(Train for kyus 7 and beyond)
Continue training, plan to get increased "in-person" instruction, even if occasional. Learn Kyu 7
thru Kyu 1. Continue to utilize optional video analysis feedback and testing if needed. Also learn
the additional material mentioned in "Shodan" level training in this Course Guide by watching
Ninja Learning Network's "Ninja Training Video Blog" on Youtube.
REFER TO THE SECTION About Kyu Tests, Patches and Stars on the next page!

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ABOUT RANK & ONLINE TRAINING


Step Five:
(Shodan Test - 1st degree "Black Belt")
To earn this belt a student must prove proficiency in all the material outlined in the videos and
this Course Guide. The black belt rank test can only be provided "in-person" by a qualified
Shihan. If the student is unable to meet Sensei Roemke at the Santa Cruz Dojo or at an
international event, then Ninja Learning Network will try to help the student locate the nearest
qualified instructor willing to perform this test. Finding such an instructor is not guaranteed.
Sensei Roemke does not charge Ninja Learning Network students for belt testing if they are
"Virtual Ninja Package students, but there is a $100 fee for a physical black belt and Japan
certificate if you pass your test with Sensei Roemke (which is optional.) If the student must test
with another instructor, there is usually a fee due to that instructor, and there will likely be
additional training fees.
The in-person test requirement for Black Belt level is very strictly maintained by Ninja Learning
Network and Shihan Roemke. Remember that, although some online black belt courses promise
to award black belt learning to students who only interact via video, this practice is not supported
by Ninja Learning Network, Sensei Roemke and a large portion of the Bujinkan Community.
Such methods do not ensure that you are training correctly or safely. If you really want to learn
this art, you must practice it with humans and you must be tested by experts who are in the room
with you. Students who do not demonstrate adequate knowledge and ability will not pass the
test at Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo (but will be allowed to test again.)

About Kyu tests, patches and stars


Most dojos require testing after each kyu. Some also issue stars and kyu patches to be worn on
uniforms, etc. Ninja Learning Network does not require or automatically offer a test after each
kyu. But video analysis sessions can be purchased by students want feedback on their individual
kyu work as they go along with the videos, including tests of the kyu material. Note that some
of the kyus require presence of a partner in their analysis videos for proper demonstration - and
there are safety considerations about this. Ninja Learning Network is not responsible for injury or
damages you or your training partners suffer while practicing the maneuvers shown in the
videos. We urge everyone to use extreme caution at all times. (See safety disclaimer, page 44.)
Students who wish to take advantage of any online training assistance, kyu testing and green
belt ranking must purchase the Virtual Ninja Package (see page 6.) Students who purchase
the package may pass a kyu via video analysis and will receive written verification of the pass
kyu test status with no additional charges. Testing does not guarantee passing and Sensei
Roemke will be very strict before passing a students test. If students want to also receive an
authentic certificate from Japan proving they have passed a kyu test (optional), there will be an
additional $40 charge to cover the costs associated with contacting Japan and paying fees for
authentic certificates. Kyu patches will cost an additional $10 per patch (optional.) Ninja Learning
Network does not issue star patches. Students may have to purchase more than one "Virtual
Ninja Package" because each package purchase entitles a student to one hour of video analysis.
It may take many students longer than one hour of video assessment to achieve results up to the
black belt level. One Virtual Ninja Package entitles one student only to video assessment.

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SAFETY WARNING AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER


WARNING!
PRACTICE AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND ONLY UNDER DIRECT, PHYSICAL SUPERVISION BY
QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS!
The videos and written text or images featured or mentioned in this course material are intended to
be used as mental reference only. Your decision to re-enact any of the material is solely your
responsibility and you are solely liable for all consequences of doing so under any circumstances.
Do not rely on any of the actions shown in this material as a method of self defense for yourself or
others. These activities are demonstrations of theoretical situations by trained professionals only.
Ninja Learning Network does not advocate the use of martial arts for any aggressive behavior
against people, animals or property.
Some weapons or techniques may be ILLEGAL in some states and we discourage illegal use,
transport or possession of any weapon. You are solely responsible for understanding all legal
implications of using or possessing anything depicted in this course. Check with your local and
state authorities.
Martial arts training is dangerous! Do not attempt to re-enact any activities shown in the videos
without direct supervision by an experienced instructor. We are not responsible for any potential lack
of good judgement on your part about how you attempt to practice anything featured in this video
course. You are solely responsible for accidental harm or damage created by your attempts to
emulate material from the videos or written material. This video and curriculum guide is intended for
informational purposes only - it is your responsibility to refrain from attempting to enact anything
shown in the videos or curriculum in an unsafe manner and/or without first consulting with a trained
professional. Use all course material as mental reference material only.
Consult your physician before beginning Bujinkan training, or any other physical training program.
Ninja Learning Network, the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo, and/or individuals and affiliates associated
with those entities are not responsible for injuries or damages to yourself, other people or any
property caused by any type of re-enactment of anything in this video, whether accidental or
intentional.

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