Ninpo is a martial system from Japan with roots extending centuries into history. The concept of Ninpo includes combat techniques (also known as ninjutsu), non-combative skills for working one's will in the world, and philosophies and spiritual training. As a martial system, all of these arenas are focused on enduring conflict successfully, and the "nin" kanji in Japanese can be translated as "endurance" or "perseverance". Ninpo is characterized by some as "the art of winning".
Ninjutsu techniques comprise grappling, striking, and joint locks, all either unarmed or with weapons. Timing and distance are emphasized over speed and strength. Adaptability and economy of movement are prized. Focus is on combat applicability (either modern or historical), with virtually no competitive element.
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Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is the official designation for the traditional Japanese budo martial arts as taught by Soke(Grandmaster) Masaaki Hatsumi of Noda-shi, Japan. The organization is a compilation of 9 ryu(schools) teaching samurai and ninjutsu traditions of armed and unarmed fighting techniques. Hatsumi Sensei received his Sokeship directly from his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu, considered a budo legend and the last combat ninja.
Training generally consists of an amalgamation of techniques from the 9 different schools combined into a manual called the Ten Chi Jin Ryaku no Maki(the book of heaven, earth and man). This collection forms the kihon, or basic, techniques of the total Bujinkan system. In addition to the Ten Chi Jin, students are taught specific techniques and philosophies from the densho(scrolls) of each of the 9 traditions to round out the training.
Unarmed techniques include, but are not limited to: Throws, joint locks, chokes, striking, kicking, ground fighting, and strategy combined with proper body positioning and distancing. Weapons training is compiled from various sources from the 9 schools, most notably the Kukishinden Ryu and the Togakure Ryu. Weapons include, but are not limited to: Long and short sword, bo of various lengths, pole arms such as halberd and spear, rope and chain weapons and throwing weapons such as shuriken.
Teachers in the Bujinkan should be in possession of a Shidoshi-kai membership card for the current year and students should, upon commitment to training, be in possession of a current Bujinkan membership card. This ensures a connection to the Hombu Dojo in Japan(the headquarters of Hatsumi Sensei).
This group was founded by Shoto Tanemura, one of Masaaki Hatsumi's senior students who left the Bujinkan in the 80s. According to the Genbukan headquarters website, "In the interests of maintaining the integrity of the ancient Ninja tradition, Grandmaster Tanemura founded the Genbukan in November of 1984. The Genbukan is dedicated to the factual portrayal and teaching of the Ninja arts in the traditional Japanese manner."
This group was founded by Fumio Manaka, one of Masaaki Hatsumi's senior students who left the Bujinkan. From the Jinenkan headquarters website FAQ: "In the Jinenkan a strong emphasis is put on mastering the fundamentals. The basics are not just a step which one passes through on the way to learning more 'advanced' techniques. Every student is expected to keep polishing his or her basics year after year, and not forget them once the test has been passed. Also, we study the techniques as they are written, and in the order they are written in the scrolls. There are reasons why the scrolls are organized as they are, and a piecemeal approach to training can leave a person without the tools he or she needs to learn any technique well. "
The Jinenkan is a traditional, scroll-based training organization that is well-known within ninjutsu for extremely precise movement.
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Branch of Ninpo founded in 1994 by Stephen K. Hayes, one of Masaaki Hatsumi's senior students. To-Shin Do was designed to modernize the techniques of ninjutsu while using the ancient battle-tested principles. It also employs many of the mind-science techniques of shugendo and Tendai vajrayana, which were used by the historical ninja to actualize the potentials of the mind and spirit.
The martial techniques are changed very little from the way Hayes learned them in the Bujinkan, but the style with which they are performed reflects modern circumstances. The attacks that are practiced against are also changed from traditional ninjutsu to reflect the type of assaults common in the modern West. The teaching is organized to reflect an elemental approach to technique and a spiritual approach to training and personal expression in life.
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