Ninja Training 9th Kyu

The 9th Kyu videos on this page are just SOME samples from the Basics of Ninja Training® Course Guide: Ninja Training 9th Kyu. There is about an hour of video instruction in the entire 9th kyu. These are from “Level One” of the black belt course curriculum. Each kyu (level) has about an hour of lessons each.

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9th Kyu Junan Taiso – “Body Conditioning”

Follow the precise warm up seen in the video before every training session.

9th Kyu Basic Dojo Phrases and Concepts

Domo arigato gozaimashita – Thank you very much

Yame – Stop
Hajime – Start

Ichi – 1
Ni – 2
San – 3
Shi – 4
Go – 5
Roku – 6
Shichi -7
Hachi – 8
Ku – 9
Ju – 10

As a beginner you should wear the black Gi (uniform) with a white belt. You can graduate to a green belt after passing a ranking test to do so. Black belt is awarded after you pass testing for Shodan level, which is equivalent to all the instruction featured in this curriculum. Female Bujinkan students, called Kunoichi, may opt to wear the red belt in lieu of a green or black one, but should start with white belts

Once you enter the dojo there are “bow in” and “bow out” procedures to follow. Bow toward the kamiza (in the shrine area) before stepping onto the training floor and also when leaving it.  When starting a lesson, students line up and “bow in” with Sensei to start the lesson – and when bowing out at the end. Students are positioned according to rank in front of Sensei. As you face Sensei, the most experienced students sit on the right side of the dojo and should line up according to their status and experience as you go down the line. When arriving late, you must wait outside the training floor area until Sensei indicates that you may be permitted to join the session. There is more etiquette to learn once you join a dojo for training.

The Kamae – “Postures” in 9th Kyu

(This is a 1 minute excerpt that only shows the form and name of the Kamae)

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 – Aggressive 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

Mastering Basic Kamae:

Understand the importance of proper Kamae – they are basic balance structures for the body that are used during most maneuvering against opponents.

Try all Kamae on one foot and in motion from one to the other.

Weapons also have their own specific “Kamae” stances, some of which are directly related to these basic ones, so prepare to learn weapon-wielding variations.

Taihenjutsu – “Body Movement / Body Position Changing Techniques”
(Part 1)

The Basic Ukemi – “Breakfalls” in 9th Kyu

Zenpo Ukemi – Forward Breakfall
Koho Ukemi – Backward Breakfall
Yoko Ukemi – Sideways Breakfall
Yoko Nagashi Zenpo Ukemi – Sideways Flowing Forward Breakfall

The Basic Kaiten – “Rolls” in 9th Kyu

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
Oten – Cartwheel
Hicho Kaiten – Flying bird roll
Jun Nagashi – Turning Flow
Shikko – Knee Walking (Note: Shikko is not technically Kaiten, but it’s handy here)

9th Kyu Sample: Mastering Basic Kaiten and Ukemi:

(This is a 1 minute excerpt that only shows the form and name of the rolls and breakfalls)


Practice first using both your hands, use both left and right sides. Later you will attempt with one hand or no hands.

Understand the principles of Ukemi – At first, learn this as a safety method to escape attack maneuvers. Later you will use Ukemi to also attack an opponent.

Understand what makes a good “Uke” – The concept of “Uke” and “Tori” can’t be translated simply, but for beginning training purposes “Uke” generally refers to the person who “receives” an attack while two people are training. The other person is referred to as “Tori.” Sometimes it seems like Uke is initially attacking in training maneuvers, so this can be confusing at first. (When seen as a term for a maneuver such as “Jodan Uke” it has a different meaning but is grounded in the word “receiving.”)

9th Kyu Dakentaijutsu – “Striking Techniques”

(This is a 1 minute excerpt that only shows the form and name of the strikes)
(Part 1)

Jodan Uke – Upper Level Receiving
Gedan Uke – Lower Level Receiving
Fudo Ken – Immovable Fist
Jodan Tsuki – Upper Level Punch/Thrust
Zenpo Geri – Forward Kick

Mastering Basic Dakentaijutsu:

Practice Left and right sides, incorporate Taijutsu, be aware of the potential to change your Angle/Distance/Timing.

Basic Tai Sabaki – “Body Movement/Evasion”

Practice evasion from attacks by stepping at a 45 degree angle, or other angles, off of the straight line between you and your attacker. This type of stepping out at an angle is called “stepping offline” in much of the video instruction by Sensei Roemke.

Introduction to Zanshin in 9th Kyu – “Awareness”

Keep your mouth closed to protect your teeth from getting cracked if you are hit, and keep your back hand up, ready to protect your face and body.

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