Authentic Ninjutsu and Samurai Bujutsu from Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson (宗家 暗主)

Anshu Christa Jacobson – Shoninki Study Part 1


Photo – Japanese Warrior Monk


Preparing yourself for clandestine activities

To be a ninja you need to learn to become a shadow, to blend into your surrounds and to escape the eyes of others to conceal your identity.

There are 6 basic tools that the ninja would carry to help with the execution of the mission.

The 6 Tools of the Ninja

1 – AMIGASA (straw hat)
2 – KAGI NAWA (rope with hook at end)
3 – SEKIBITSU (stones for engraving)
4 – KUSURI (medicine)
5 – SAN SHAKU TENUGI (piece of cloth)
6 – TUSKETAKE (tool for making fire)

most of these items are easy to understand why, however there are many uses for all of these items, here are a few uses to better understand the 6 tools of the ninja.

(1) The straw hat is to hide your face when in public to conceal identity.

(2) the rope and hook was used to climb up or down places when there, also can be used as a weapon, to tie people and to aid in locking doors in places that they are in.

(3) The sekibitsu was used to engrave, this is just as easy as us carrying a pen and paper today, they would use this to help write observations, with either red or black clay.

(4) medicine, this is understandable, if you get injured, or sick you will need proper medicine to help you with sickness or pain (advil for any headaches, midol for any cramps! HA! 🙂

(5) The cloth that they would carry would be used for many reasons, they easiest understandings are to cover the face, belt, tie various things up and or to use as a headband (hachimaki).

(6) the tusketake was used to help make fire, clearly can be used for smoke screens, to execute katon-no-jutsu and or arson.

(there are many interpretations of this book, this is my personal interpretations; I hope that this can help you in your training.)


I hope that these words from Natori can help you on your journey of the arts. be Safe my friends.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo


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