Ninjutsu Kicking (Keri) Sokuho, Koho, Happo and Sukui Geri from 8th Kyu

This clip demonstrates Ninjutsu Kicking (“Keri”) from Bujinkan Ninjutsu Black Belt Course Training. These are the foundations of kicking for beginners. Learn how to kick like a Ninja!

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This video shows kicking techniques are from the 8th kyu of the “Basics of Ninja Training” Black Belt course. They can also be learned in Bushindo University’s Black belt course for Ninjas. Sokuho Geri is a sideways kick that projects the heel. Koho Geri is often called the “back kick.” Happo Geri is the “8 way” kick, and Sukui Geri is a front scooping kick. There are many more, these are the basics you should master when you begin your martial arts training.

Ninjutsu Kicking (Keri) Sokuho, Koho, Happo and Sukui

Keri (sometimes spelled ‘geri’) is the Japanese word for kicks. Keri is considered a form of striking in Ninjutstu, also called Dakentaijutu (striking techniques.) Sokuho Geri is a sideways kick that projects the heel. Koho Geri is often called the “back kick.” Happo Geri is the “8 way” kick, and Sukui Geri is a front scooping kick.

The 8th Kyu Keri – “Kicks” are:

Sokuho Geri – Sideways Kick
Koho Geri – Backwards kick
Happo Geri – Kicking in Eight Directions
Sukui Geri – Scooping Kick

Mastering Ninjutsu Kicking

You should be able to do these very slowly, controlling all muscles and balance points of your body at every moment. Try to move very slowly while aiming and controlling your strike, even holding the body still at various moments during the maneuver. At first this is more important than attempting maximum power. You will achieve maximum power later anyway if you first master control, speed, balance and targeting. Kicking (keri) is one category of striking techniques (Dakentaijutu) in the study of Ninjutsu. Dakentaijutsu ‘striking techniques’ also includes strikes with the hands, arms, head, teeth, body, tools and much more. Those are different categories of striking that are also taught in every black belt course.

This training drill gives you a good idea to help you practice Keri (kicking.) Don’t make fun of beginners who are still training and perfecting their techniques… this is very difficult!

Looking for Ninja Training lessons that teach kicking skills? We recommend the Shodan black belt course with Bujinkan DaiShihan Richard Van Donk. Shodan is the first degree black belt. You can move on to higher degrees of black belt training with DaiShihan Van Donk with online and DVD black belt courses, Eskrima training and other martial arts learning through his university.

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