Junan Taiso – Ninja Training Body Conditioning for Martial Artists

Junan Taiso is a Japanese term for conditioning of all kinds. “Junan” means flexible, “tai” means body. This kind of flexibility (and strength) conditioning originates in yogic techniques for stretching and controlling breath. It often refers to any activity intended to condition your body.  It is intended to contribute to both physical health and well-being.  Flexibility, toning, stretching, enhanced circulation, focused concentration and relaxation are all components of this kind of martial arts conditioning. Practice daily and before each martial art session, especially Ninja training.

Junan Taiso “Body Conditioning”

Sensei Roemke created a “warm-up” conditioning video based on the junan taiso stretch sessions performed before every martial arts class at the Santa Cruz Bujinkan Dojo. This junan taiso video is an excerpt from 9th kyu (level one) of the black belt video course.

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This Hatsumi video below shows some more traditional junan taiso conditioning and techniques. These hard-core martial artis do not need a gym membership or a no trespassing waiver. In this classic video the Grandmaster of the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu school shows how real ninjas and samurai would prepare and maintain their health for effective self defense preparation.

Your sensei will always recommend that all martial arts students always warm-up and stretch before every training session. And to do it daily. Follow your sensei’s advice, and learn more about maximizing your own physical health and performance. Supplement your training wisdom with outside books, DVDs, and gear for training and strengthening.

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You should spend conditioning and stretching time whenever you can, especially on areas of your body that are a bit tight. The specific stretching junan taiso exercises show in the videos here will condition the tendons, ligaments and muscles and overall body. These are all movements you will use during a typical Ninja training session.  Of course you should never start any stretching, exercise or martial art training or body conditioning program without permission from your physician and only perform activities under supervision of a trained professional.

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