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Ninja Skin Conditioning (Hands, Feet, Toes) Ninjutsu Training: Junan Taiso, Hojo Undo Techniques

In this video, I discuss the ninja skin conditioning/training of the hands, feet and toes within ninjutsu martial arts.  Remember the ninja was a spy, and body sensitivity was a very important aspect within ninjutsu. The ninja would have to feel around in the darkness to find certain things, do certain things, feel certain things and be aware of certain things. To do this, they would need a high level of sensitivity on the bottoms of their hands, feet and toes.

Do not get skin conditioning mixed up with bone conditioning. Yes, the ninja would train to have effective striking (punching and kicking) within their martial arts training.  But this training goes along “impact conditioning” or “bone conditioning” as the practitioner is training to withstand a higher impact and deliver an effective strike with their hands and feet. Impact conditioning is more along the lines of bone and connective tissue training and has nothing to do with the conditioning of the skin for sensitivity. 

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Finding Balance… | Balance / Earthing

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I’m outside and practicing a grounding / earthing exercise to help balance & connect me better to nature. I’m not going to lie, this week I’ve experience the largest betrayal of my martial arts career. I can’t change what has happened anymore than I can change the direction of the wind.
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Anshu Christa Jacobson – Reality Video (#013) Me Just Being Me…

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Kanwa Jikan (緩和時間)

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Kanwa Jikan (緩和時間):  time to relax

Here I am (6/11/2012) done with the day; thought that I would relax and check out the hottest page on facebook!  I hope that you are all having a great day!

“If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.” –  Herodotus; 484 – 425 BC

 

Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo RyuSchool of the Warrior Way
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist


Warrior Doko – Part 1 – Koryu, Bujutsu, Jujutsu, Kumi Uchi, Ne Waza

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Photo taken: January 2012
Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Kumi Uchi at the Budo Ryu Hombu Dojo.

DOKA
Songs of the Way

In many forms of budo; doka (道歌), or “songs of the way” are presented to help teach the deeper meaning essence of the art; the Tenjin-ryu school of jujutsu (1 of the 7 warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu) is no different. These doka are arranged in the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable pattern of traditional Japanese waka (和歌) verse.

DOKO ICHI; 道歌 一

Shin no bu wa
Fude yak kuchi niwa
Subekarazu
Kotobure naseba
Kami wa yurusaza

(TRANSLATION)

True Bu (do)
Cannot be described by
The brush or by the mouth –
The gods will not allow you
To rely upon words!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s lesson, I wish you all the best in your journey of Budo.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo RyuSchool of the Warrior Way
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist


Shinobi-iri; Ko Ashi – Small Step

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Anshu Christa Jacobson demonstrates the stealth technique "ko-ashi"

 

Photo taken from the 2011 Shinobi Stealth Camp!

SHINOBI-IRI (忍び入り;stealth entering methods)
HOKOJUTSU (歩行術; art of walking techniques)
KO ASHI (小足;small step)

Ko Ashi (small step) this is part of “hokojutsu” (art of walking techniques) and also is trained and classified as “senkojutsu” (art of infiltrating walking techniques).

This is a small stabbing step that is used to move silently through shallow water, high grassy area or dry leaves. The objective of the technique is to get the foot beneath the surface without causing any unnatural noise.

Make sure that you maintain a low hip position keeping your hips pointed at the targeted position. As you step down, keep your toe pointed straight down and penetrate through the foliage and onto the surface. As your toes hit the ground, slightly lower your heal to the ground place your weight on that foot. From here, relax and move to the next step; this is ko-ashi.

The artistic image is that of a crane walking and picking it’s way through the wild terrain.

I hope that you all enjoy today’s lesson!

Take Care, Be Safe and Good luck in your Journey of Budo!

Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo RyuSchool of the Warrior Way
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Doton-no-jutsu (土遁之術)

Doton-no-jutsu; Metsubushi

Anshu Christa Jacobson demonstrates Doton use of Metsubushi

Photo taken from the 2011
Shinobi no Mono Stealth Camp!

DOTON-NO-JUTSU (土遁之術)
METSUBUSHI (目潰)

Doton no jutsu: Literally “Earth Evasion”. Includes such concepts as using rocks, soil and land contours to aid in the ninja infiltration, evasion and deception.

In this photo here I am demonstrating how the ninja would use soil to throw into the eyes of the enemy as a means of escape. As this does attack the eyes the waza would be part of the metsubushi (目潰し) or eye closers.

Anshu Christa Jacobson
21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Headmistress of the Budo RyuSchool of the Warrior Way
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist


Anshu Christa Jacobson – Ashi Sabaki

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Photo Taken – 4.20.2011
Photo & Video Shoot for Historical Ninjutsu Team Video

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Ashi Sabaki – Foot Movement or Foot Evasion

Ashi sabaki (足 さばき) or unsoku (运足)is a technique employed by a budoka in some Japanese martial arts.

Ashi-sabaki is the way of moving your feet to move your body or when you hit, including ayumi-ashi, okuri-ashi, hiraki-ashi and tsugi-ashi. Ayumi-ashi is moving your feet backwards and forwards in big steps to move quickly, okuri-ashi is moving quickly in various directions in small steps, hiraki-ashi can be used to hit your opponent or avoid their strike while moving to the side, and tsugi-ashi is used when you need to hit your opponent from a long distance.

In arts such as Ninjutsu, Ashi-Sabaki takes another definition than that of the sword arts. In Ninjutsu (aka shinobijutsu) we see foot technqies such as:

1 – Nuki Ashi …..(stealth step)
2 – Suri ashi …..(rub step)
3 – Shume ashi …..(tight step)
4 – Tobi ashi …..(flying step)
5 – Kata Ashi …..(one step)
6 – So Ashi …..(big step)
7 – Ko ashi …..(little step)
8 – Kakizami Ashi …..(small step)
9 – Wari Ashi …..(proper step)
10 – Tsune ashi …..(normal step)

These 10 steps above are found in the shoninki, and are the basics of all stealth movement; thus, these 10 should be taught in every “Ryu“.

However; In many different ninjutsu schools you see other steps as well. Some of the other walks that are also found in traditional Ninpo are as follows:

* Shinobi Ashi (toe walking/ ninja movement)
* Yoko Aruki (side stepping)
* Yoko Bashiri (side walk)
* Kitsune Bashiri (fox walk)
* Uki Ashi (floating foot)
* Inu Bashiri ( dog walk)
* Shin-so-toh-ho (deep grass rabbit walk)
* Ayumi Ashi (normal step)
* Hiraki Ashi (lateral stepping)
* Yori Ashi (simultaneous stepping)
* Sashi Ashi (cross stepping)
* Ashi Fumikae (foot change)
* Tenkan Ashi (trick step)
* Chakuchi Ashi (loss step)
* Sanshouo (salamander walking)

These are just some of the traditional ashi sabaki or foot skills of the ninja. Make sure if you are learning a real ninja tradition that they are completly teaching you all of the ways of the ashi sabaki at it is a basic and fundemental aspect to the art of ninjutsu.

Foot work is the basics of all marital arts, without the complete control of your foot movement, you cannot do any technique correctly in a real situation. Train your feet to go any where, any way!

I hope that this helps in your training in Budo.

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.
Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu – School of War
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu – School of War
Soke / Inheritor of the Tomo Ryu Tradition
Owner of the Ninjutsu Super Store
Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
Professional Model and Artist