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The Complete

White Belt to Black Belt

Bujinkan Ninjutsu

15th Dan Mark Roemke

Ninja Training TV

The Complete White Belt to Black Belt

Bujinkan Ninjutsu with Sensei Mark Roemke
9th Kyu________________________ 4
8th Kyu________________________ 7
7th Kyu_______________________ 11
6th Kyu_______________________ 15
5th Kyu_______________________ 18
4th Kyu_______________________ 20
3rd Kyu_______________________ 22
2nd Kyu_______________________ 25
1st Kyu________________________ 27
Shodan- 1st Degree Backbelt______ 28
Kyusho Chart___________________ 29
History of the Bujinkan___________ 30
Supplies for Each Kyu_____________33
Disclaimer______________________ 34


Welcome to Ninja Training TVs

9th KYU

Kukyu- 9th Kyu

Bow in procedure
Bowing in late
Basic Dojo Japanese
Onegaishimasu- Please assist me
Domo Arigato Gozaimashita- Thank you very much
Shiken Haramitsu Daikomyo- Through every encounter,
may we be brought to the highest light

Yame- Stop
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- Agressive 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
Understand the importance of proper kamae

Taihenjutsu- Body Skills

9th KYU

9th Kyu (cont.)

Ukemi- Breakfalls
Zenpo Ukemi- Forward Breakfall
Koho Ukemi- Backward Breakfall
Yoko Ukemi- Sideways Breakfall
Yoko Nagashi Zenpo Ukemi- Sideways Flowing Forward Breakfall
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
Gyaku Nagare- Reversal Flow
Oten- Cartwheel
Hicho Kaiten- Flying Bird Roll
Jun Nagashi- Turning Flow
Shikko- Knee Walking

Tai Sabaki- Body Evasion

45 degree evasion from attacks

Understand the principles of Ukemi (why is it done this way?)
Understand what makes a good Uke

9th KYU

9th Kyu (cont.)

Dakentaijutsu- Striking and Blocking Skills
Jodan Uke- Upper Level Receiving
Gedan Uke- Lower Level Receiving
Fudo Ken- Immovable Fist
Jodan Tsuki- Upper Level Punch
Zenpo Geri- Forward Kick
Proper alignment of fist, wrist, and forearm for punching

Zanshin- Awareness
keep your mouth closed.
Keep your hands up.
Know who Masaaki Hatsumi is.
Know who Toshitsugu Takamatsu was.

Dakentaijutsu- Striking Techniques (cont.)

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)
Shi Shin Ken- Finger Needle Fist
Shikan Ken- Extended Knuckle Fist
Shako Ken- Claw Fist
Shito Ken- Finger Sword Fist (Boshi Ken)
Shitan Ken- Finger Tip Fist
Koppo Ken- Bone Principle Fist
Happa Ken- Eight Leaf Fist
Sokuyaku Ken- Dancing Foot Fist
Sokugyaku Ken- Foot Reverse Fist
Sokki Ken- Leg Wake Up Fist
Tai Ken- Body Fist
Shizen Ken- Natural Fist

8th KYU

Hachikyu- 8th Kyu

Principles of Striking
Striking from all Kamae
Striking in all directions, at different levels, from different ranges
Ken Tai Ichi Jo- the body and fist move as one

Keri- Kicks
Sokuho Geri- Sideways Kick
Koho Geri- Backwards Kick
Sakui Geri- Scooping Kick
Happo Geri- Kicking in the Eight Directions

8th KYU

8th Kyu (cont.)

Uke Nagashi- Receiving Flow
Jodan Nagashi- Upper Level Flow
Gedan Nagashi- Lower Level Flow
Ken Kudaki- Crushing the Fist
Keri Kudaki- Crushing the Kick
Master Uke Nagashi- use inside and outisde angles, alternate using
hands and feet

Kihon Happo- The Eight Basic Ways

Koshi Kihon Sanpo- Three Basic Ways of Striking
Ichimonji No Kata- Figure Number One Form
Torite Goho Gata- The Five Forms of Grappling
Omote Gyaku- Outside Reversal
Ura Gyaku- Inside Reversal
Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki Gata- Outside Reversal Fist Evasion Form
San Shin/Gokui 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
Master San Shin No Kata- practice until these become second nature
to you, in future you will vary these forms and add weapon
Weapon: Hanbo
Kamae for Hanbo
Munen Muso No Kamae- No Thought No Intention Posture
Kata Yaburi No Kamae- Form Breaking Posture
Ontonashi No Kamae- Soundless Posture
Master Hanbo Kamae- Strike from all directions in all Kamae,
grappling from grabs and strikes

The Nine Schools of the Bujinkan- The Ryuha

Six Samurai Schools, Three Ninja Schools
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu- Hidden Door School

8th KYU

8th Kyu (cont.)

Said to be the source of most early ninjutsu techniques and weapons,

the strongest basis for modern bujinkan budo taijutsu.
Basis for modern Bujinkan BudoTaijutsu instruction.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 34th generation Grand Master.
Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu- Jewel Tiger School

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.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 28th generation Grand Master.
Kuki Shinden Ryu Happo Bikenjutsu- Nine Demons School

Sometimes called The Samurai School, famous for military tactics,

weapon techniques.
Associated with the samurai weapons such as the sword, spear, staff,
fire, rope.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 28th generation Grand Master.
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu- Tiger Falling School

Focuses on skeletal and bone structures, bone manipulation and breaking,

pain/weakness points, unique cross-stepping footwork and
unusual sword techniques.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 18th generation Grand Master.

8th KYU

8th Kyu (cont.)

Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu- Immovable Tradition School

Focuses on natural movement and the study of nature,

striking, and kicking.
the art of defeating a stronger opponent by pretending weakness.

Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 26th generation Grand Master.

Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu- High Tree Raise Heart School

Known for its samurai style jujutsu, unarmed combat at close range
and against swords.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 26th generation Grand Master.
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu- Regarding Justice School

Focuses on skeletal structure. Features many kicks, throws, and strikes.

Not commonly taught.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 15th generation Grand Master.
Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo- Jewel Spirit School

Referred to as holding Ninjutsus many secret philosophies and tactics.

Not commonly taught.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 21st generation Grand Master.
Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo- Hidden Among Clouds School

Referred to as Ninjutsu with unique Taijutsu, particularly leaping,

use of hooked spears. Specializes also in field craft and espionage.
Not commonly taught.
Masaaki Hatsumi Soke is the 15th generation Grand Master.


Be able to name each school and its basic purpose.

Taihenjutsu (cont.)

7th KYU

Nanankyu- 7th KYU

Kiten- Flips
Kuten- Handsprings
Yoko Aruki- Sideways Walking
Shinobi Aruki- Silent Walking
Shoten No Jutsu- Ascending to the Heavens (climbing man-made objects)
Noburi Gata- Climbing Natural Objects
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
Practice all Taihenjutsu movements from all Kamae, one handed,
and from different angles.


7th KYU

7th Kyu (cont.)

WEAPON: Katana
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 1 & 2- Mist Posture
Totoku Hyoshi no Kamae- Sword Hiding Catapult Posture
Uke Nagashi no Kamae- Flowing Block Posture
Ichimonji no Kamae- Figure Number One Posture
Katana Nuki- Draws with the Sword
Nuki Uchi- Drawing Cut
Tate Nuki Uchi- Vertical Drawing Cut
Gyaku- Reverse (can mean direction or footwork)
Gyakute- Reverse Hand
Gyaku Kesa Bato- Reverse Angle of Monks Robes Drawing Cut
Bring saya up with sword and pull saya down to draw.
Pulling back instead of stepping forward to draw sword.
Practice draws from different kamae.


7th KYU

7th Kyu (cont.)

Katana Giri- Cutting with the Sword

Kiri Oroshi- Dropping cut
Kiri Age- Rising Cut
Kesa Giri Migi- Cutting the Angle of Monks robes from the Right
Kesa Giri Hidari- Cutting the Angle of the Monks 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 Monks robes
from the Right
Gyaku Kesa Giri Hidari- Reverse Cutting the Angle os the Monks robes
from the Left
Tsuki- Thrust
Practice attacks from each stance.

Tsuka- Handle
Tsuka Kishiri- Handle Endcap
Saya- Sheath
Sageo- Cord for sheath
Tsuba- Handguard
Ha- Blade edge

Hi- Blood Gutter

Hamon- Temper line
Mune- Back of sword
Kissaki- The tip or point area that
has a ridgeline

Know the uses for saya, tsuka, tsuba, sageo.
Learn how a sword cuts.
Understand the use of a steel sword (how to cut properly)
Practice grappling/striking while wearing a sword.
Learn basic sword care (handling, cleaning, oiling, storing, etiquette, etc.)


7th KYU

7th Kyu (cont.)

Kihon Happo
Koshi Kihon Sanpo
Jumonji No Kata- Figure Number Ten Form
Hicho No Kata- Flying Bird Form
Torite Goho Gata
Ganseki Nage- Rock Throw
Musha Dori- Warior Capture
Hajutsu Koho 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
Kogagoroshi- Killing the Child
Taihodoki- Body Escape
Koshi kudaki- Hip Crush
Happo keri henka no kote- Eight Way Changing Kicks
Shinken Mutodori Gata- Sword Evasions
Ichimonji- Figure Number One Posture
Hira- Flat Posture
Jumonji- Figure Number Ten Posture
Finishing Techniques- Pins
Omote Gyaku- Outward Reversal
Omote Takeori- Outward Breaking Bamboo
Ura Takeori- Inward Breaking Bamboo
Do Gaeshi- Turning the Body
Oogyaku- Great Reversal
Ura Gyaku- Inward Reversal


Taihenjutsu (cont.)
High Falls
All Ukeme with No Hands
Practice high fall Ukemi carefully, and only with an experienced partner
Vocabulary: Mute-no hands

6th KYU

Rokkyu- 6th Kyu

Dakentaijutsu (cont.)
Juji Geri- Cross Kick
Kakushi Geri- Cresent Kick
Kagato- Heel Kick From Behind
Metsubishi- Blinding- Principles and Applications
Striking from different footwork
Striking in all directions
Striking from all Kamae
Striking from Ukemi (ex. punch into Zenpo Kaiten Naname, kicking out while
doing koho nagare kaiten)
Hidden Strikes- Hitting uke where uke cannot see your strike hitting them,
unexpected strikes

Multiple Strikes- Hit without retreating arms and legs (ex. Shuto to Uko
followed by Boshi Ken to Kiri Gasumi without retracting
striking hand at all)
Ashi Sabaki- Leg/Foot Movement Evasion
Ashi barai- Leg sweep
Keri kaeshi- Kicking Counters
Practice Ashi Sabaki from all Kamae, on different sides of the body, etc.


6th KYU

6th Kyu (cont.)

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
Practice all Gyaku waza from all Kamae and from different attacks.

Nage waza- Throwing Techniques

Oosoto Nage- Major Outer Throw
Seoi Nage- Shoulder Throw
Ganseki Otoshi- Dropping a Big Rock
Ganseki Oshi- Pushing a Big Rock
Ganseki Ori- Breaking a Big Rock

Use extreme caution when training for Nage Waza.
The joints and bones of you and your grappling partner must be
protected from risk. Train very slowly and use maximum control.


WEAPON: Rokushakubo
the long staff

Hira no Kamae- Flat Posture
Hira Ichimonji no Kamae- Flat Figure Number One Posture
Chudan no Kamae- Middle Level Posture
Seigan no Kamae- Correct Eye Posture
Gedan no Kamae- Lower Level Posture
Jodan no Kamae- Upper Level Posture
Ihen no Kamae- Changing Posture
Heito no Kamae- Being to Overthrow Evil Posture
Tenchijin no Kamae- Heaven, Earth, Man Posture
Reiho- bow with the rokushakubo
Foward Spin
Backward Spin
Side to Side Spin
Spinning From One Spin into Another
Bo Furi Gata- 2 people striking with bo
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

6th KYU

6th Kyu (cont.)

Practice from all kamae and all spins, all directions.
Grapple from grabs and strikes with the weapon.
Strike from all kamae.
Strike from Ukemi (ex. punch into Zenpo Kaiten Naname, kicking out while
doing koho nagare kaiten)


5th KYU

Gokyu- 5th Kyu

Taihenjutsu (cont.)
Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten
Ukemi with all weapons
Changing distances and speeds while falling and rolling
(long vs. short rolls, slow vs. fast rolls)
Learn to fall and roll quietly. This indicates good technique and
masks your presence. Try rolls on different surfaces and inclines/declines
using different speeds and placements.

San Shin: Gokui

Train to understand the GOKUI, or inner essence of each element:
Chi: Earth, Sui: Water, Ka: Fire, Fu:Wind, Ku; Void
understand the dynamics of each element and its source of power

Train with multiple blocking and striking scenarios (ex. step back
into bobi twice and then step forward with Sanshitan Ken for Chi No Kata)
Nage Waza Throwing Waza
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
Gyaku Ippon Zeoi Nage Reversed One Arm Back Throw


WEAPONS: Knife and Shoto

Tanto Knife
Three basic grips, and pros and cons of each grip
Nine basic cuts (same as sword)
Ideal targets for cuts (arteries, tendons, airway)
Grappling from grabs and strikes with the knife

5th KYU

5th Kyu (cont.)

Shoto Short Sword

Similar to a modern machete, the actions for handling it are similar to a
knife /sword, but adjusted fro a different length
Understand each weapons range and assess your danger if attacked by
these weapons (ex. if opponent has a knife, escape and evade is best)
Practice Kihon Happo maneuvers against these weapons.

Kyusho Weakness Points (first part)

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 the muscles come together
Uko Muscle at the side of the neck
Sui Getsu At the solar plexus in the chest
Jakkin Inside the bicep
Kasumi Temples of the head


4th KYU

Yonkyu- 4th Kyu

Taihenjutsu (cont.)
Advanced Ukemi
Using Ukemi as a weapon of attack (rolling into people, grabbing limbs
while falling and breaking them by rolling, etc.)
Kihon Happo
Drill the Kihon Happo from all K amae, using: one hand, two hands,
and no hands and with other body parts.
Advanced San Shin
Vary the footwork, distancing and speed of all Kata, (ex. start by
stepping forward or with Yoko Aruki, etc.)
Nage Waza (cont.)
Itami NagePain Throw
Katate Nage One Handed Throw
Oosoto Guruma Major Outer Wheel
Uchi Gake Great Striking Hook
Tomoe Nage Circle Throw
Karuma Nage Wheel Throw
Sui Nage Water Throw


WEAPON: Kusari Fundo

Metal Weights on the Ends of a Chain
Learn to use it for strikes and grappling against grabs and punches.

Kyusho (cont.)
KoeHip/leg joint at front of body
Butsumetsu The floating ribs at the bottom of the ribcage
Jinchu Just under the nose where it joins the face
Kiri Gasumi Just underneath the earlobe
Suzu Testicles

4th KYU

4th Kyu (cont.)

Multiple Attacker Strategies

Begin to understand the different strategies and the
Angle/Distance/Timing awareness needed to inflict strikes
and engage in grappling against multiple attackers.


3rd KYU

Sankyu- 3rd Kyu

Taihenjutsu (cont.)
Advanced Ukemi
Start to freestyle more when training with a partner, begin to break out of
the formal maneuver and 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 if they
have not really controlled you with their attacking move. Go beyond
rote demonstration of maneuvers and begin to counterattack with
your own unpredictable moves.

Advanced San Shin

Drill San Shin with all weapons and from all Kamae. Use it against attackers.

Ashi Sabaki
You should be able to step on your opponents feet without looking at them.
Examine new Zanshin concepts from 3rd Kyu.
Jime Waza Choking Waza
Hon JimeBase 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 (cont.)

Harai GoshiSweeping Hip Throw
Hiza Guruma Knee Wheel
Hane Koshi Popping Hip Throw
Uchi Mata Inner Thigh Throw
Yoko Seoi Nage Sideways Shoulder Throw

3rd KYU

3rd Kyu (cont.)

Learn to do Bijinkan techniques while constantly in motion,
never stopping.
Go beyond rote training of maneuvers and begin to take more control
of your opponent by utilizing constant motion to vary your

Be able to do all techniques without directly looking at the opponent,
with one eye closed, both eyes closed, blindfold, etc. Start to think
about feeling similar peripheral clues 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 (cont.)
Tenmon Bridge of the nose
Ryumon Above the collar bone where it meets the shoulder
Omote Kimon Upper pectoral
Ura Kimon Below the nipple


3rd KYU

3rd Kyu (cont.)

WEAPONS: Jutte, Tessen, Kunai
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 ShurikenFlat throwing blades, especially Ninja Stars
Bo Shuriken Throwing Spikes
Sharpened Throwing Knife
Learn to throw these into targets at different distances, change hands.
Use them in your hands while grappling and striking


2nd KYU

Nikyu- 2nd Kyu

Kuzushi Off balancing

Use both physical and psychological techniques that will stop
the intended motion of your opponent.
Practice different physical types of Kuzushi
(ex: 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 or
herself comfortably within this tripod of balance points.
your opponent is the second point, and the

You are one point,

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 (cont.)

Kubi Nage Neck Throw
Gyaku Ippon Seoi Nage Reverse Number One Shoulder Throw
Empi Nage Elbow Throw
Taki Otoshi Cataract Drop (actually a category of throws)

Metal Claws for Hands
Practice grappling and strikes and be able to slide them off
and on without looking.
Climbing with them is one traditional use but that is very
painful to the hands.


2nd KYU

2nd Kyu (cont.)

WEAPON: Naginata
similar to yari (spear) with a different metal head
Naginata Kamae
Shizen No Kamae
Chudan No Kamae
Seigan No Kamae
Daijodan No Kamae
Kage No Kamae
Ihen No Kamae
Practice striking with both ends and middle of the shaft, using as
a lever between the feet, etc.
Maintain point/blade control (ex: keeping the blade facing the
opponent while changing attack sides.)
Practice grappling from grabs and strikes with and against these
weapons. Learn tactics, pros and cons of each.
Try holding back multiple attackers who are using various weapons.
Practice weapon-against-weapon scenarios with a partner
(ex: agaginst Kusari Fundo or Bo)

Kyusho (cont.)
TokiTop of foot
MurasameThe divet where the clavicles meet
Matsukaze Adams apple
Yaku Outside of shin


WEAPON: Kyoketsu Shoge

chain/rope and sickle weapon
Practice spinning overhand and underhand, overhead and on each side,
and forward and backward.
Practice strikes from all spins in all directions.

1st KYU

Ikkyu- 1st Kyu

Nage Waza (cont.)

Advanced Karuma Gaeshi NageAdvanced Wheel Turn Throw
Juji Nage Figure Number Ten Throw
Ippon Zeoi Nage Two Handed Shoulder Throw on Reversed Arm
Ura NageReverse Throw
Practice targeting where uke lands after throw

Practice from grabs and strikes.
Practice non-lethal use of lethal weapons,
sanshin and kihon happo with all weapons,
drawing and using weapons while keeping them hidden from view
of an opponent, and drawing weapons with natural movement.

Counter all techniques learned to this point,
and countering counters- play!
Kyusho (cont.)
SaiOuter canter muscle bundle of thighs
KoburaCenter of Calf
Shichibatsu Upper ridge of back hip
Hadome Cheek


Shodan 1st Degree Blackbelt

Kihon Happo
Practice all techniques from kneeling, in a chair, in a car,
and from the ground.
Improvised Weapons
Newspaper, etc.
Kyusho (cont.)
Yubitsubo Ridge of Thumb Muscles
Hoshi Inner Bottom Part of Elbow
Gorin Five Points in Pentagon Pattern Around Navel
Kage Bone Above the Solar Plexus
Wakiboshi Armpit
Handgun & Rifle
Safety & Handling
Shooting & Targeting
Understanding distancing with guns
Going to a shooting range and actually firing weapons
Disarming live airsoft pistols
At Shodan Level, it is traditional for the practitioner to begin
assisting and teaching.



History of the Bujinkan

The Bujinkan (divine warrior training hall or warrior god training hall), is an international Ninjustu organization
based out of Noda City, Chiba prefecture, Japan. It is headed by Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, the 34th Togakure Ryu
Soke (Grandmaster). Founded in 1974, the Bujink- an contains the knowledge of nine ryu (schools); three are
ninjutsu ryu and six are samurai ryu.
The nine schools were inherited by Dr. Hatsumi from Toshitsugu Takamatsu after his passing in 1972. Toshitsugu was taught Shinden Fudo Ryu by his grandfather Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu who was Soke of this ryu
and direct descendant of Tozawa Hakuunsai, founder of Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu. Young Toshitsugu was also
taught Togakure ryu and Koto ryu which he mastered by age thirteen. By age seventeen Toshitsugu received
the Menkyo Kaiden (license of total transmission), of Takagi Yoshin Ryu from Mizuta Yoshitaro Tadafusa. He
also learned Kuki Happo Biken no Jutsu, Hon Tai Takagi Yoshin Ryu, and Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu from Ishitani
Matsutaro Takekage. By age 22, Toshitsugu received Menkyo Kaiden from his grandfather Toda.
While in his twenties, Toshitsugu traveled to China participating on both combat situations and challenges to
the death and also sport competitions. Toshitsugu also served as a personal bodyguard to the last emperor
of China, Pu Yi. He returned to Japan in 1919 and be- came a head monk of esoteric Buddhism at a mountain temple in the Yamato district. While teaching martial arts in the Nara prefecture in 1957 he met Hatsumi
Yoshiaki who would later change his name to Masaaki Hatsumi under the suggestion of Toshitsugu.
At the time, Hatsumis name was Yoshiaki. He was a bone doctor in the Chiba prefecture and was in search of
martial art that reedited the sport versions that he practiced until this point. At the time Yoshiaki had no idea
that Toshitsugu Takamatsu was the last combat ninja trained in the ancient arts of Ninjutsu tradition.
Toshitsugu once told Yoshiaki that he had, in fact, been waiting on Yoshiaki. Maybe not him specifically, but
someone whom he thought would be worthy to pass so much knowledge to. After may years or training,
Hatsumi sat with Toshitsugu one weekend when without notice, the master left the room while Hatsumi patiently waited sipping tea. Feeling that a threat was near, he ducked to the side as the sharp blade of a sword
pierced the space where he once was. It was a test, and Hatsumi passed as Toshitsugu bestowed upon him
the title 34th Soke of Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsu. This ryu was one of the last schools of ninjutsu to survive
roughly 900 years of turmoil and change in Japan. Hatsumi would go on to earn eight more of the ancient

The Nine Schools of the Bujinkan:

(number represents Dr. Masaaki Hatsumis lineage)
Togakure Ryu Ninpo Hidden Door School 34th Grandmaster
Gyokko Ryu Kosshijutsu Jewel Tiger School 28th Grandmaster
Shinden Fudo Ryu Dakentaijutsu Immovable Heart School 26th Grandmaster
Kukishinden Ryu Happo Hikenjutsu Nine Demon Gods School 26th Grandmaster
Gyokushin Ryu Ninpo Jeweled Heart School 21st Grandmasterer
Koto Ryu Koppojutsu Tiger Knocking Down School 18th Grandmaster
Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu High Tree, Raised Heart School 17th Grandmaster
Gikan Ryu Koppojutsu Truth, Loyalty & Justice School 15th Grandmaster
Kumogakure Ryu Ninpo Hiding in the Clouds School 14th Grandmaster


Togakure Ryu 18 Forms of Bujutsu

Taijutsu Unarmed combat
Kenpo/Ninja ken Sword Techniques Bojutsu Stick and Staff Fighting Shurikenjutsu Blade Throwing
Kusarigama Sickle and Chain Weapon
Yari Spear
Naginata Halberd
Bajutsu Horsemanship
Suiren jutsu Water Training
Kayaku-jutsu Explosives and Fire
Horyaku Strategy
Cho ho Intelligence
Shinobi Iri Infiltration
Inton jutsu Concealment
Henso jutsu Disguise
Tenmon/Chimon Meteorology/Geography
Koppo-Jutsu - Bone Method Techniques
Seishin teki kyoyo Spiritual refinement

The Founding of the Bujinkan

After Toshitsugu Takamatsu passed in 1972, Hatsumi founded the Bujinkan Dojo to honor his teacher who was
considered a Divine Warrior. He would spend the next 10 years with a close-knit groups of Japanese and
foreign students training and teaching what he had learned. By 1982, Dr. Hatsumi was traveling to America to
demonstrate the power and skill of Ninjutsu during a series of seminars. During the 80s, ninjas were all over
movies, magazines, and television which attracted the right and wrong kind of attention. When something is
brand new, information about the subject is usually limited. Many impostors surfaced to ride the wave of ninja
popularity at the time attracting students into costly and even dangerous training. But the ones who stayed
true to Dr. Hatsumi and what he taught re- tained those strong ties to him establishing schools of their own.
Anyone interested in training in the Bujinkan, or any martial art, should always strive to establish the lineage of
his instructor all the way back to the founder of the art. While this can be time consuming, it offers the practitioner a deeper connection to the tradition and knowledge of the art with the added surety of authenticity.
The Bujinkan continues to grow with tens of thousands of students worldwide. While Dr. Hatsumi has not and
may never name an heir to the Bujinkans throne, its practitioners follow the path of personal growth learned
from Taijutsu that extends beyond self-defense. The ultimate reward for its practitioner is a balanced life of
peace and harmony and love in their environment.

The Lineage of Togakure-ryu:

Daisuke Togakure (1162)
Shima Kosanta Minamoto no Kanesada (1180) Goro Togakure (1200)
Kosanta Togakure
Kisanta Koga
Tomoharu Kaneko
Ryuho Togakure
Gakuun Togakure
Koseki Kido
Tenryu Iga
Rihei Ueno
Senri Ueno
Majiro Ueno
Saburo Iisuka
Goro Sawada


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Ippei Ozaru
Hachiro Kimata
Heizaemon Kataoka Ugenta Mori
Gobei Toda
Seiun Kobe
Kobei Momochi
Tenzen Tobari
Seiryu Nobutsuna Toda (1624-1658)
Fudo Nobuchika Toda (1658-1681)
Kangoro Nobuyasu Toda (1681-1704)
Eisaburo Nobumasa Toda (1704-1711)
Shinbei Masachika Toda (1711-1736)
Shingoro Masayoshi Toda (1736-1764)
Daigoro Chikahide Toda (1764-1804)
Daisaburo Chikashige Toda (1804)
Shinryuken Masamitsu Toda (born 1824 died 1909)
Toshitsugu Takamatsu (born 1887 died 1972)
Masaaki Hatsumi (born 1931Present)

Grading System of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

10th Kyu Mukyu
9th Kyu Kyukyu
8th Kyu Hachikyu
7th Kyu Nanakyu
6th Kyu Rokukyu
5th Kyu Gokyu
4th Kyu Yonkyu
3rd Kyu Sankyu
2nd Kyu Nikyu
1st Kyu Ikkyu
1st Dan Shodan
2nd Dan Nidan
3rd Dan Sandan
4th Dan Yondan
5th Dan Godan
6th Dan Rokudan
7th Dan Nanadan
8th Dan Hachidan
9th Dan Kyudan
10th Dan Judan
11th Dan Jushodan
12th Dan Junidan
13th Dan Jusandan
14th Dan Juyondan
15th Dan Jugodan


Supply List For Each Kyu

9th KYU
Black Gi - heavyweight
White Belt
8th KYU
Hanbo- half staff
7th KYU
Bokken- wooden sword
6th KYU
Rokushakubo- 72 wooden staff
5th KYU
Tanto- knife
Shoto- short sword
4th KYU
Kasuri Fundo- arm length chain with metal handles on either end
3rd KYU
Kunai- blade shaped diging tool
Tessen- fan
Jutte- thin metal billyclub with handguard/sword catch
Shuriken- metal throwing stars and spikes
2nd KYU
Shuko- metal claws for hands and feet
Yari- speer
Naginata- halberd
1st KYU
Kyuketsu Shoge- rope and sickle with weighted ring
Guns- handguns and rifles


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