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Ninjutsu Training: Using The Elements Of The TenChiJin | Ninja Martial Arts Techniques (Ninpo)

In this video, I teach how to use the natural elements of the TenChiJin (天地人) towards your advantage when studying the ancient ninja martial arts of ninjutsu (忍術).  In Ninpo (忍法), we study the Godai (五大), Gogyo (五行) as well as all areas of the TenChiJin Ryaku-no-Maki. Understanding the use all of the natural elements is crucial within the study of ninjutsu. When used correctly, you become a much stronger than anything your opponent can possibly imagine.

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Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu: Key Points to Training your Kamae | Ninja Martial Arts (Ninjutsu)

In this video, I teach the key points and purpose to kamae when training in the ninja martial arts of Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu. Regardless of the Ninjusu ryuha that you are training in, kamae is a very important and essential aspect towards martial arts training.

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In the Togakure-ryu (戸隠流) school of Ninpo Taijutsu there are 5 basic kamae that every student should master:

  • Ichi-no-Kamae (一之構)
  • Hachimonji-no-kamae (八文字之構)
  • Hira Ichimonji-no-Kamae (平一文字之構)
  • Happo Gakure-no-Kamae (八方隠之構)
  • Tonso-no-Kamae (遁走之構)

The first step towards training your kamae is understanding how to get into the proper position so that you can get a feeling of how the body moves and how you can shift your weight from this position. Although today’s video is a very basic understanding of the concept, you cannot master the kamae, without understanding the basics.

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Ninjutsu Technique: Yari-Yose (Spear Catcher) | Historical Koryu Ninja Martial Arts Training (Ninpo)

In this video, I teach a technique from the Tomo-ryu called: “Yari-Yose” (Spear Catcher).  This is a technique that is passed down in the Tomo-ryu school of Shinobijutsu (戸猛流忍術) to teach how to utilize the sageo (下げ緒) on the scabbard, as a means to disarm a spearman, finish him, then evade.

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The Bansenshukai (萬川集海) written in 1676, also has a technique called “yari-yose”.  Even though this technique has the same name, same objective and purpose; there are slight differences between the technique “yari-yose” in the Bansenshukai, and the “yari-yose” that is taught in the Tom-ryu.  

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In the Bansenshukai it says:

“The yariyose or the ‘spear catcher’ – tie the end of the sageo cord onto your short sword. Draw the sword out fully and hold it in your right hand and the scabbard in your left hand, with the rope hanging between. When a spear is stabbed at you, catch it and wrap the sageo cord around the spear and take the enemy’s weapon.”

– Fujubayashi Yasutake – Bansenshukai (1676)

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  • (1)  The Bansenshukai says to tie the rope to your sword while the other end is tied to the saya (scabbard). In the Tomo-ryu, it says to hold one end of the saego in your hand, with the other end tied to the scabbard.
  • (2) The Bansenshukai says that the sword should be drawn, with the sageo hanging between the sword and the saya. In the Tomo-ryu the sword is not drawn, it stays in the scabbard, till after you disarm the spear from the enemy.
  • (3) The Bansenshukai does not mention using the saya (scabbard) as a means to deflect or block the oncoming spear.  In the Tomo-ryu this part of the transmission is a crucial aspect towards the technique.
  • (4) The Bansenshukai has no mention at all with how to stab or position the sword when going in to finish the enemy.  This aspect is covered in depth as to why the sword needs to be drawn the way that it is, and used the way that it is, when learning the technique. 

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In the end, different ninja ryuha do similar techniques differently. As the 21st Soke of the Tomo-ryu it is my responsibility to teach these ancient ways and preserve those techniques that have been passed down to me.  However, because we teach various ryuha within the Budo Ryu Kai and because I encourage my students to research and learn as much as they can – it is also my responsibility to explain how a technique from one ryuha is different from another ryuha.  It is also my responsibility to explain and teach techniques from public historical sources such as the Bansenshukai, Ninpiden and Shoninki, explain the similarities and differences from them towards the 7 warrior traditions that we have within the Budo Ryu Kai.  This gives the students a much deeper understanding and greater perception of the ancient ninja and samurai martial arts, what they truly did, and how the truly did it.

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Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu: Shuko-jutsu Training | Ninja Martial Arts Techniques (Ninjutsu)

In this video, I talk about the use of the Shuko as taught by the Togakure ryu. I also teach and demonstrate a few techniques that are taught within the Togakure-ryu as well. Techniques such as climbing with the shuko, how to hold the sword with the shuko (te-no-uchi), Defensive counters with the Shuko (Ichi-no-Kamae) as well as capturing and controlling techniques with this Shuko (Itto Dori).
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What Inspired You To Start Your Journey In The Martial Arts? | Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson

In this video, I ask the question, what inspired you to start your martial arts training?  This is a topic that is very different and personal for all of us.  Some of us were inspired by people, while others were inspired by books, comic books, cartoons and videos games.
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Anyone who knows me, knows that Teela from the MOTU (Masters of the Universe), was my original Martial Arts inspiration. As a young transgender child, this was a very powerful cartoon for me on many levels.
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Regardless of our inspiration, what is important is finding something that will inspire us to be the best us that we can be. For me, it was the Master of the Universe cartoon and all of the small lessons that were hidden within. What was it for you?
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BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!
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Old Story: The Fish & The Fisherman (Do Not Chase Desire) Ninjutsu Martial Arts Philosophy Lesson

In this video, I teach an old zen philosophy lesson called: “The Fish and The Fisherman”. This is a lesson that has been passed down for many years to teach us to not focus on desire.
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In the Budo Ryu Kai we study 7 warrior traditions. 1of the 7 warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu Kai is Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu. In studying Gyokko-ryu, we learn the 9 rules of Gyokko-ryu. 1 of the 9 rules of Gyokko-ryu is: “Vices dissipate your proficiency”. Today’s philosophy is a good artistic lesson to help understand this particular thought from Gyokko-ryu.
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However, as a ninjutsu practitioner you should learn how to use desire to help you complete the mission or objectives. At the end of the video I briefly mention my time “working” in “adult entertainment” and now (in the present day) my students know what I was really doing, who I was working for, and why. I will not get into detail here, however I will say, when I convinced my most hated opposition online to “believe” the “new identity” of me in adult entertainment, it gave me an opportunity to do this job. They (online haters) started posted these “facts” online of me as a escort, etc… This helped me create a new persona and allowed me to get into places to do things that I would not have been able to do. This aspect of creating a new persona, making it believable and getting into places you should not be is a very intricate aspect towards ninjutsu and is something that I will discuss in depth in one of my upcoming books.
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Soke Anshu | Drowning in Knowledge & Starving for Wisdom | Ninjutsu Martial Arts Training (Ninpo)

In this video, I discuss the philosophy and understanding of how, within the modern social construct of which we live, we are drowning in knowledge and starving for wisdom. This is a crucial lesson for all that is studying the ancient ways, because we live in a world with knowledge so easily obtained and wisdom never attained.
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Togakure-ryu Ninja Biken: Hiryu-no-Ken | Ninjutsu Sword Fighting Training Techniques (Ninjato)

In this video, I teach an old ninjato/shinobigatana technique from the Togakure-ryu school of Ninpo Taijutsu.  This kata is from the Ninja Biken section called “Hiryu no Ken”, which means Flying Dragon Sword. I briefly go over the classical kata and explain some of the principals.  However, the purpose of this training session was to extracted some of the principals of the traditional kata and work various training drills to develop stronger skills with the ninjato/shinobi-gatana/ninja sword.
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Understanding the Historical Use of the Ninjato (忍刀) Ninja Sword History | Ninjutsu Martial Arts

In this video, I explain what the ninjato is, as taught from the Tomo-ryu tradition.  There are many koryu in Japan, and all of them will have a different explanation as to what things were and how they were used in ancient Japan.  On the scrolls of the Tomo-ryu, it is very clear, that the “ninjato” are the “blades of the ninja” that were specifically modified to help them on their mission.
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Many times people see the kanji “nin” (忍) and following it would be the kaji for blade, sword, spear, bow and arrow, etc – and they automatically assume it is “ninja”.  Many times it is NOT “ninja” at all. In fact, the majority of the time they are talking about concealed or hidden weapons. Remember the kanji “nin” (忍) is associated with ninja, but it all means hidden, concealed, stealth, endurance and perseverance.  So you have to understand the context of the scroll and why the scroll was written to understand the use of the weapon.
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This is why the kuden and transmission is so important. As Soke of this tradition, it is my responsibility to make sure that the true history and tradition is passed on correctly to the next generation.
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The Purpose of Martial Arts Training & How To Practice Self-Betterment | Ninja, Ninjutsu, Ninpo

In this video, I discuss the purpose of martial arts training and how to practice self-betterment. The purpose of training is very deep and cannot be completely defined with a few simple words. Things such as self-defense, self-protection, self-improvement, self-enlightenment, the ability or protect the ones we love and the ability to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves, are all good reasons towards the purpose of martial arts training.  Other reasons for the purpose of training are: preserving the history & tradition of the ryuha, discipline, honor, respect, integrity, preserving nature, connecting to nature, finding balance of the mind, body and spirit as well as finding spiritual refinement through the connection of nature. This idea of purpose is different for everyone, but in the end, we all seek the same thing…
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