San Shin

Learn about San Shin, the “Three-Hearts Forms” from these Ninja Training Video Blog free Ninjutsu lessons. The San Shin is a major foundation of Ninjutsu training. All Bujinkan students begin to learn it immediately but advanced students continue to practice it at highly sophisticated levels. It an be described as a concept that is based on 5 different modes of movement and intent you can choose from to attack an opponent. It can be a kind of drill you can practice on by yourself to condition your body and mind and to learn how to move with controlled relaxation and different kinds of intent.  But after you understand San Shin and it’s essence you will also have more powerful methods to train with colleagues and to attack opponents using other Bujinkan techniques, such as with any martial art weapon.


These classic clips simply review the forms and gives the names & meaning for
Chi, Sui, Ka, Fu, Ku

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This video explains some common tips about learning San Shin for beginners


Once you have mastered the basic San Shin forms, start training with weapons and variations

San Shin is really the embodiment of 5 modes of movement, each representing different psychological and strategic intentions for attacking opponents. There are 5 basic San Shin “forms” that each represent an earthly force, each having an “inner essence” (gokui) that corresponds to the characteristics of the earthly form it’s named for. (San Shin is called the “3-hearts forms” or “3-cores forms” because each of the 5 forms contain 3 stages of motion from the beginning to the end.) Watch each of the San Shin forms and notice what kinds of earthly forms are represented in the movement, feel those energies when you practice. Start to understand the transition of the 3 core pieces of movement in each San Shin form as you perform it. After you learn the basic motion, then start to change the timing, distance, speed and level of your body.

Use the basic form of San Shin to challenge yourself to discover how your body moves, how your mental intent affects that motion, and how you can control all of it at will. The San Shin should be practiced solo as sort of training drill, but you will also use the forms to attack an opponent, particularly with weapons. You will also invent an infinite number of variations of the San Shin forms depending on what the exact self-defense movement may be required at any given moment in time.  The five forms in the San Shin are:

Chi – Earth,  Sui – Water,  Ka – Fire,  Fu – Wind ,  Ku – Void

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