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Introduction to Shodan Rank (1st degree black belt) in the Bujinkan

Bujinkan Guidelines

Categories Taught in this Course

Junan Taiso – “Body Conditioning”

Kamae – “Postures”

Taihenjutsu – “Body Movement / Body Position Changing Techniques”
Ukemi – “Breakfalls”
Kaiten – “Rolls”
Shiho Tenchi Tobi – “The Four Ways of Heaven/Earth Leaping”
Kiten – “Flips”
Kuten – “Handsprings”

Dakentaijutsu – “Striking Techniques”
Hoken Juroppo Ken – “The Sixteen Secret Fists”
Keri – “Kicking”
Uke Nagashi – “Receiving Flow”
Shinobi Aruki – “Silent Walking”

Tai Sabaki – “Body Movement/Evasion”

Ashi Sabaki – “Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion”

Zanshin – “Awareness”

Kihon Happo – “The Eight Basic Ways”
Koshi Kihon Sanpo – “The Three Basic Ways of Striking”
Torite Goho Gata – “The Five Forms of Grappling”

San Shin No Kata – “The Three Hearts Forms”

Hajutsu Kuho – “The Eight Techniques and Nine Ways”
Tehodoki – “Wrist Escapes”
Taihodoki – “Body Escapes”

Gyaku Waza – “Reversal Techniques”

Nage Waza – “Throwing Techniques”

Jime Waza – “Choking Techniques”

Kuzushi – “Off Balancing” with Physical and Mental Techniques

Weapons – Shinken Mutodori Gata – “Sword Evasion Skills” and Other Weapons

Kyusho – Weakness Points Used to Create Pain, Confusion and Distraction

Metsubishi – Deceptive Distraction (Physical and Psychological)

“Angle/Distance/Timing” – The Three Most important Elements of All Motion

Taijutsu – “Body Technique” refers to directing the momentum of your entire body into every maneuver, not just the limb(s) that seem to be the most obvious parts of the anatomy used during any given move. When properly using taijutsu, the entire body moves to increase the power applied to any motion.

About translation: Japanese phrases are subtle and are interpreted in various ways among different instructors. These translations are not intended for scholarly study but will give you an acceptable sense of the meaning of the Japanese words as they apply to understanding the movements.

Level One (Kyu 9)

A. Junan Taiso – “Body Conditioning”
B. Kamae Plus Dojo Phrases – “Postures” and Basic Dojo Terminology and Etiquette
C. Ukemi – “Breakfalls”
D. Kaiten – “Rolls”
E. Dakentaijutsu – “Striking Techniques”
F. Tai Sabaki and Zanshin – “Body Movement/Evasion” and “Awareness”

Level Two (Kyu 8)

A. Hoken Juroppo Ken – “The 16 Hidden/Secret Fists”
B. Keri – “Kicks”
C. Uke Nagashi – “Receiving Flow”
D. Kihon Happo – “The Eight Basic Ways” (part one)
E. San Shin – “The Three Hearts Form”
F. Hanbo – “The Half Staff” Weapon

Level Three (Kyu 7)

A. Taihenjutsu (continued)
B. Kihon Happon (continued)
C. Hajutsu Kuho – “The Eight Techniques and Nine Ways”
D. Katana Kamae- “Sword Postures”
E. Katana Giri – “Cutting with the Sword”
F. Katana Nuki – “Draws with the Sword”
G. Shinken Muto Dori Gata – “Sword Evasion Techniques”
H. Katana Parts and Etiquette
I. Finishing Pins

Level Four (Kyu 6)

A. Taihenjutsu No Hands – Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten
B. Dakentaijutsu and Ashi Sabaki – Strikes (continued) and “Leg/Foot Movement/Evasion”
C. Gyaku Waza – “Reversal Techniques”
D. Nage Waza – “Throwing Techniques” (part one)
E. Rokushakubo Kamae – “Long Staff Postures”
F. Rokushakubo Spins
G. Rokushakubo Strikes

Level Five (Kyu 5)

A. Taihenjutsu – Advanced Ukemi and Kaiten (continued)
B. San Shin Gokui – “Inner Essence” of San Shin
C. Nage Waza (continued)
D. Knife and Shoto Introduction (2 videos)
E. Advanced Knife Techniques
F. Kyusho Points – “Weakness Points”

Level Six (Kyu 4)

A. Ukemi as Attack
B. Kihon Happo Variations
C. San Shin Variations
D. Nage Waza (continued)
E. Kasuri Fundo – Weapon, Chain with Metal Tips
F. Multiple Attackers
G. Kyusho (continued)

Level Seven (Kyu 3)

A. Taihenjutsu (continued)
B. San Shin Variations
C. Ashi Sabaki (continued)
D. Jime Waza – “Choking Techniques”
E. Nage Waza (continued)
F. Jute – Metal Rod Weapon with a Hook Structure Near the Handle
G. Shuriken, Knife and Ax – Metal Throwing Weapons
H. Walking and Advanced Zanshin
I. Kyusho (continued)

Level Eight (Kyu 2)

A. Kuzushi – “Off Balancing”
B. Nage Waza (continued)
C. Shuko – Metal Claw Weapon
D. Naginata – Spearlike Weapons
E. Yari – Spearlike Weapon
F. Kyusho (continued)

Level Nine (Kyu 1)

A. Nage Waza (continued)
B. Kyoketsu Shoge – Rope with Ring and Special Blade on the ends, weapon
C. Advanced Weapon Techniques
D. Countering Counters
E. Kyusho (continued)

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