“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 staff fighting. These include bojutsu (6 foot staff techniques), jojutsu (4 foot staff techniques), and hanbojutsu (3 foot staff techniques). Very important in these techniques is the concept of miai (distancing). Like Kenjutsu, Bojutsu will be used to further develop taihenjutsu. Kata, one-person, and two-person drills will also be used to develop skill with the staff. Practical self defense with a cane will also be taught.


These are techniques involved in thrown blades. This includes the traditional Togakure Ryu senban shuriken as well as throwing knives, tomahawks, and other bladed objects that are thrown. Also included in this skill are kyujutsu (archery) ganshinjutsu (blown darts) and fukibarijutsu (blowing needles). Training in this skill will include both practice weapons (plastic darts and shuriken) and live blades (knifes, tomahawks and live shuriken).


These are the techniques of using a traditional Kusarigama (chain and sickle). Most of these techniques are taken from the Kukishinden Ryu. Also trained is the Kusarifundo (chain and weights) and the Kyoketsu-shogei.

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