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The 7 Warrior Traditions of the Budo Ryu:
* Koka Ryu Kempo (甲賀流拳法)
* Tenjin Ryū Jujutsu (天神流柔術)
* Tomo Ryu Shinobijutsu (戸猛流忍術)
* Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū Iaijutsu (無雙直傳英信流居合術)
* Koto Ryu Koppojutsu (虎倒流骨法術)
* Gyokko-Ryū Kosshijutsu (玉虎流骨指術)
* Togakure-ryū Ninpo Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)
Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way
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This video demonstrates some of the training that we have done this year at the annual Tomo-ryu Keiko. The DVD will be available in the Ninjutsu Super Store:
War is Chaos at Best, this was the artistic expression that was used when making the video, Chaos. I hope that you all enjoy the Tomo Ryu Shinobijutsu Video Promo!
Take Care, Be Safe &
Good Luck in your journey of Budo
Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu – School of the Warrior Way
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THE TEN VIRTUES OF THE NINJA
*** Taken from the Bansenshukai (Koka Version) wriiten by Fujibayashi Yasutake in 1676 ***
Ninja are often viewed as ancient Japanese assassins and masters of stealth, although these are some of the skills that they possess, many of the ninja ryu aspired to maintain samurai ethical standards. Below are the 10 virtues of the Ninja taken from the Koka Bansenshukai written in 1676 by Fujibayashi Yasutake
* Strategic Knowledge
* Good Health
* Knowledge of the Teachings of Buddha & Confucius
* Gifted Speech
I hope that you can add this to your knowledge of the arts.
Thanks for all of the support. Be Safe
Anshu Christa Jacobson
headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo
PHOTO – SEIRYUEN GARDEN, NIJO CASTLE, JAPAN
“SECRETS OF TECHNIQUE”
The secrets of technique were said to have been passed to Ushiwakamaru (known as Minamoto Yoshitsune 1159-1189) by the mysterious Master Ki-ichi-hogen. These teachings have been widely employed by martial art instructors over the centuries and are still in use today.
Morihei Ueshiba (1888-1969), the founder of Aikido often quoted from this listwhen teaching and deomstratin Aikido technique.
* When your opponent comes, greet him at once.
*If he withdraws, immediately send him on his way.
* Where there is opposition, harmonize with it on teh spot.
* If there is a force of one, add nine to make ten.
* If there is a force of two, add eight to make ten.
* If there is a force of three, add seven to make ten.
UTILIZE THIS PRINCIPAL TO ACHIEVE HARMONIZATION
* There is nothing in the universe that cannot be harmonized
* Distinguish between truth and falsehood.
* Know how to discern the hidden.
* Great is larger than the Universe.
* Small enters the tiniest particle.
* Adjust to the vagaries of life and death
* Adapt to ceaseless change.
*remain unshaken regardless of the circumstances.
Thought I would share my notes on harmony with you, these are the principles that have been taught for centuries. I hope that you can read them and find something positive from it also. Thanks for all of the support you all.
Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo
Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo.
Photo – Bamboo Forest – Kyoto, Japan
“THE PRINCIPALS OF BUDO”
Three Essential Elements of Budo:
(1) The Timing of Heaven.
(2) The Utility of Earth.
(3) The Harmonization of human beings
– Bugei Koden
Photo – Antique Armor of Ninja in Ninja Museum, Japan.
“Why not give your students everything that you can?”
There are many different ninjutsu schools across the world, although some wants to discredit others, the facts are that we are all here, teaching martial arts on the same planet, even if they do not act like it.
One thing that really gets me is that there are schools that claim to teach ninjutsu, yet they only do taijutsu, they never really teach the weapons that much at all, they never teach stealth or any of the things that they “sell” with vintage footage, it is taijutsu. They don’t condition their students for a real fight either, no sparring, no grappling, no bag work. HAVE YOU SEEN PICTURES OF TAKAMATSUS HANDS AND FEET? (33rd grandmaster of the Togakure Ryu). They look like that because he practiced every day punching and kicking trees and other training objects to make his body withstand the force of a real fight!
These same people say that sparring is not needed because it is not a real street fight, so the kata is what they explore for the principals. This is true, Sparring is not a real street fight, but if you practice kata and get principals from that to apply to a street fight, than why can you not spar and take what you learn from that, and apply those principals and strategies to your martial training? Timing, Distancing, Offense, Defense, Counter Attacks, Learning how to train against a opponent that you do not know what they are going to do it is not a pre-set kata, I am sure that all of these things that we get from sparing can easily be placed into the real world of street fighting. You should train your body in all areas of combat, never tell yourself that you don’t need to spar, learn weapons tactics, ground fighting, impact or physical conditioning because by telling yourself that, that is ego, AND EGO WILL GET YOU DEAD!
Prepare yourself for anything that can happen, stop training for ego and train like your life depended on it! If you can learn anything from the past, I am sure that this lesson alone still rings strong.
“Ability can take you to the top,
but it takes character to keep you there.”
PHOTO: Shot for Knife / C.Q.C Magazine Article
“SELF PROTECTION,…RAW REALITY”
* because if you die, you know the ones that are you trying to protect will die too.*
How many times have you seen on T.V or in the “High Commercial” magazines like Black Belt learn Self-Protection in 4 weeks! Learn how defend yourself against any attacker! This type of sale is used all of the time, to me the technique of eye / groin strikes can be picked up really quickly,..but what they are leaving out is the raw reality of what protection truly is and what it means.
For me, the understanding is strictly for life or death. For the protection of yourself and your family. If someone walks into my house, while my family is sleeping, my daughter in her bed sleeping, and they plan to attack me or my family, I will protect by all means necessary,…..
When training in the arts, you attain skill through repetition, and building the mentality to execute the technique, you practice over and over so that when the time comes you do it without thought (mushin). In Ninjutsu we use the terms “universe” for another word for family and or “endurance” for the kanji “shin” or spirit.
The mentality is that if someone comes into my house, I am the one that is trained, I am the one that needs to protect the family, If I do not, they die too, this is even more scary thought when you place it in your mind that if you do not win, you daughter, kids and family dies also,….This in itself should push you harder when you are training in the arts,..every technique is crucial footwork, timing it all comes into play when you are dealing with life and death.
The raw reality of training is that our loved ones depend on use to perform when and if the time ever happens, when I look into my daughters eyes, I can not stand the thought of someone hurting her. So when you are training do yourself and your family honor by pushing yourself as hard as you can in training, becoming as good as you can in whatever art it is that you study, prepare yourself,..because the truth is if you ever had to do any of the kata that you train in for real,.there are no points,..no K.O’s and no Tapouts,….just someone going to the hospital or never breathing again.
I hope that these words opens the eyes of some, thank you for your time in reading,
take care be safe,..train hard,…and good luck in your journey of Budo.
PHOTO TAKEN FROM 2008 NINJA HACHIMON TRAINING CAMP
“ALL LIVING ENERGY STEMS FROM THE SAME ROOT”
Do you think you are any different from me? When was the last time that you went out into nature and just listened? If you listen close enough you can hear all the living things breathing together and you can fell all living things growing together.
WE ARE ALL LIVING TOGETHER EVEN THOUGH SOME DON’T ACT LIKE IT
We are all have the same roots, we are jut different branches of the same tree.
We need to learn to live in harmony with each other, not hate each other. Time is an illusion and so is death,….. the start of your life you did not choose, and more than likely the end of your life you will not choose either.
While you are here for this short time you need to make the best out of your life. This is why we train,…..
All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together.
I wish you all well with your training. Take Care, Be Safe & Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.
Anshu Christa Jacobson
How much of your life do you spend wishing you were somewhere else?
You only have one life, live it to be happy, never think that I wish I had that time back, if you think that, than you know that you did not spend the time wisely. Understand that true enlightenment is knowing that we are human, and in this physical nature we need to experience life as a human. We need to love and share our memories with others.
The way you live your life is your choice, however, No one wants to go to the grave forgotten, it is up to you how you perceive and fulfill your destiny.
– Anshu Christa Jacobson