Ninjutsu

What is ninjutsu?

Ninjutsu translates as "the art of perseverance". It is the collection of skills and techniques passed down from the historical shinobi-no-mono (aka ninja) of Japan. Far from the mystical image that is often portrayed by Hollywood, ninjutsu is a systematic approach to self-preservation that was developed by some of the toughest special forces operatives in world history.

 

Within ninjutsu is contained a complete method of physical self-defense, including break-falling, striking, grappling, and weapons techniques. Here at Cedar Park Dojo, we study the art of ninjutsu as taught by grandmaster Hatsumi Masaaki of Noda, Japan.

What is the Bujinkan?

The Bujinkan is a martial arts organization that was created by Hatsumi-sensei as a way to disseminate the arts he received from his mentor, Toshitsugu Takamatsu. Takamatsu-sensei passed nine arts to Hatsumi-soke. Here at Cedar Park Dojo, we study 6 of those arts. In no particular order of importance, those arts are:

Gyokko Ryu

Koto Ryu

Togakure Ryu

Kukishin Ryu

Takagi Yoshin Ryu

Shinden Fudo Ryu

 

The Arts of the Bujinkan

Gyokko Ryu

According to oral history, the foundations of Gyokko Ryu were brought to Japan from China in the late Tang Dynasty. A martial arts school of kosshijutsu, its techniques revolve around dexterous movements and the devastating use of fingers and toes to attack the opponent's weak points.

Kukishin Ryu

Kukishin Ryu is a highly influential school in the history of Japan. It is said to have originated with privateers and pirates.

Takagi Yoshin Ryu

Takagi Yoshin Ryu most closely resembles the jujutsu styles of the modern day, with its emphasis on grappling and empty-handed defense against weapons.

Koto Ryu

Koto Ryu is a sister school to Gyokko Ryu. The two are said to have been transmitted together. One could consider Koto Ryu to be the "yang" to Gyokko Ryu's "yin". The movements are sharp, direct, and harsh.

Shinden Fudo Ryu

Shinden Fudo Ryu is closely associated with nature. Its primary stance, "shizen no kamae", is the natural human standing position.

Togakure Ryu

Togakure Ryu is closely associated with the ninja of the Iga region of Japan. It is known for the use of specialized weapons, such as the "shuko" (hand claws).