Ninja Training – 9th Kyu Level One Black Belt Videos

NINJA TRAINING: 9th Kyu (Level One)

9th kyu is usually the FIRST level in your first degree black belt training program. (The ‘shodan’ black belt is the lowest degree of black belt in the Bujinkan, out of 15 degrees.)  The exact curriculum for a 9th kyu ‘test’ or novice training will vary at different Bujinkan dojos, at the discretion of the sensei.

The Ninja Training 9th Kyu, “Level One”, of the first degree black belt curriculum starts your Ninjutsu black belt journey. 9th Kyu is Level One of the shodan first degree black belt, and there are a total of 9 kyus. These are like ‘chapters’ in the first degree black belt ninja training program.

The kyus are foundational lessons, but additional advanced “henka” variation work also helps you complete your first ninja training black belt. More ninja training black belt videos are posted on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to watch free new videos as they are uploaded.

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Ninja Training 9th Kyu Examples….

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

9th Kyu (Level One) FAQs

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. Then bow out at the end of the session.

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

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”

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:

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”

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”.

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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