“The training hall is not a plot of land or location, it is a space for enlightenment”

Masaaki Hatsumi, Essence of Ninjutsu, Page 11

The 18 Skills Trained at Arkansas Bujinkan Dojo

These are the principles of unarmed tactics and combat used within the Bujinkan. This includes dakentaijutsu (striking techniques), jutaijutsu (grappling techniques), shime (choking techniques), nawanage (throwing techniques), kosshijutsu (organ and muscle strikes), and koppojutsu (bone techniques). Also included is Taihenjutsu (body movement and position), Ma-ai (distancing), Ukemi (rolling and breakfalls), and hichojutsu (leaping techniques).

This is not necessarily a skill, but is vital to all other aspects of the Shinobi no Juhappan. Without Seishin Teki Kyoyo, no other skills can successfully be learned. This involves achieving and maintaining a proper attitude of mind, body, and spirit. The philosophy of both early works in ninjutsu, such as the Bansenshukai, and Soke Hatsumi will be addressed in this training. Meditation as a technique and as a way of life will also be taught to those interested. At more advanced levels, the Kuji-in/Kuji kiri will also be addressed. The flow of energy, both in maintaining the body, in health, and in defeating an opponent will also be developed.

These are the techniques of swordsmanship. These include battojutsu, Iaido, and tantojutsu (short blade techniques). Kenjutsu training will cover three areas. The first is personal development. This is a Zen method of developing the mind, discipline, and spirit through learning swordsmanship. Kenjutsu will also be used in individual Kata and movement to further develop taihenjutsu. Finally, practical fighting application will be taught through two-person and multiple-personal drills and matches.
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