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Heiho Hidensho | Fighting An Enemy Who Is Fatigued | Taijutsu, Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Bojutsu

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Heiho Hidensho | Advantage of Fighting with Space | Taijutsu, Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Bojutsu

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Samurai Strategy: Fighting in Snow – Kenjutsu (剣術) Iaijutsu (居合術)

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Heiho #0052 – Samurai Strategy: Kenjutsu (剣術) Iaijutsu (居合術)

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Historical Samurai – Antique Photograph

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Budo Ryu (武道流) Authentic Ninjutsu (忍術) Bujutsu (武術)

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* Togakure-ryū Ninpo Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術)

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7.22.2013

First morning back home from our vacation! 
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I woke up, had my coffee and a KICK ASS WORKOUT! Glad to be home! 
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Today I have *7* things that I would love to get done today, to start the week!
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(#1) Make an update video for everyone today with the information regarding this weekends event. Just want to make sure that all of the information is out there for y’all.
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(#2) Make a video from last weeks vacation, so family, friends and y’all can see our vacation!
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(#3) Make two new Hombu Keiko video uploads for y’all so that there are new interactive videos uploads this week.
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(#4) Have lunch with Mr. Chafin to look at the ninjutsu / samurai warfare scrolls, densho & makimono to set up the plans of this weeks stealth camp!
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(#5) Work on the new book, hopefully it will be out within the next two weeks! Koka-ryu Kempo; Heiho!
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(#6) Update all of the websites! I wanted to do this at the start of the summer, but did not get that done. So I need to get all of the updates completed before the summer is over!
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(#7) A client hired myself and a close friend of mine for a party / small private party tonight. So I need to make sure that I am ready to put on a good show!
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That is my goal today, we will see how much of that will get done! Thank you all for your love and support!
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 Love ya!  XXOO – Christa
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Authentic Ninjutsu Densho: Tomo-ryu Shoden no Maki – Koga, Koka, Shiga, Ninja, Ninjutsu, Ninpo

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Momochi Sandayu – Iga Ryu Ninja, Momochi-ryu, Togakure-ryu, Ninjutsu, Ninpo, Shinobijutsu

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Calligraphy above is a quote from Momochi Sandayu on the essence of true ninjutsu.
(*note* this information comes from Masaaki Hatsumi; 34th Soke of the Togakure-ryu)
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“Ninjutsu is not something which should be used for personal desires. It is something which should be used when no other choice is available, for the sake of one’s country, for the sake of one’s lord, or to escape personal danger.  If one deliberately uses it for the sake of personal desires, the techniques will indeed fail totally.” – Momochi Sandayu
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Momochi Sandayu is said to be one of the three greatest Iga ninja of all time and at one time was Soke (grandmaster / headmaster) of the Momochi-ryu, Gyokko-ryu & Koto-ryu.
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Take care, be safe & good luck in your Journey of Budo:
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Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson
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21st Soke of the Tomo-ryu
4th Soke of the Kosei-ryu

Shinobi no Michi (忍び道) The Way of the Ninja

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Shinobi no Michi (忍び道) or what is known as the “Way of the Ninja” is a book written by Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson, headmistress of the Budo Ryu Dojo and 21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu tradition.
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Shinobi no Michi Volume One is the largest book ever written on authentic ninjutsu and traditional samurai bujutsu in the English language and is the first volume of a an epic three volume book series!
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CHAPTER 1: REKISHI
CHAPTER 2: JINSEIKAN
CHAPTER 3: SHUGYO NO JUNJO
CHAPTER 4: HOJO UNDO
CHAPTER 5: KUDEN
CHAPTER 6: MUSHA KODEN
CHAPTER 7: KOKA RYU KEMPO
CHAPTER 8: TENJIN RYU JUJUTSU
CHAPTER 9: TOMO RYU SHINOBIJUTSU
CHAPTER 10: EISHIN RYU IAIJUTSU
CHAPTER 11: KOTO RYU KOPPOJUTSU
CHAPTER 12: GYOKKO RYU KOSSHIJUTSU
CHAPTER 13: TOGAKURE RYU NINPO TAIJUTSU
CHAPTER 14: HISTORICAL SHINOBIJUTSU
CHAPTER 15: HEIHO
CHAPTER 16: SEIZONJUTSU
CHAPTER 17: HIDEN
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IAIJUTSU (居合術), KENJUTSU (剣術), SOJUTSU (槍術), SHINOBI (忍び), SAMURAI (侍)

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35 METHODS OF SRATEGY – HEIHO PART 5

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Heiho at Hombu Dojo

35 INSTRUCTIONS ON SRATEGY – PART 4
Hyoho Sanju go kajoMiyamoto Musashi; 1614
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In 1614 two years before he wrote the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) Musashi wrote a work called “Thrity-five Instructions on Strategy”. It was written for Lord Hosokawa, by his guest Miyamoto Musashi. The Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) is considered a more elabora te piece off of this work.

To truly understand these teachings and the nature of this text is extremely difficult as Musashi used special terms and verbal meaning to express his respect for Lord Hosokawa, which is very hard to understand the exact meaning to translate into English.

In the translations I am using the terms that was used in the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) as they are the more popular terms for identifying Miyamoto Musashi’s works.

STRATEGY NINE
(KNOWING THETHREE LEVELS OF STRATEGY)

Someone who adopts guard positions in strategy and displays different guard positions while handling the sword sometimes slowly, sometimes fast practices strategy of a low level.  Someone who has refinement in strategy and who appears magnificent die to elegant bearing, practices at an intermediate level.  The supreme strategy will appear neither strong nor weak; nether slow nor fast, neither magnificent nor bad, but broad, straight and calm.  You should examine this well

(*note* in the test musashi uses the term “ge”, “chu” and “jo” when using these terms in expression, they are more than just low medium and high they also refer to level of skill or quality.)

STRATEGY TEN

(A GRADUATED CORD MEASURE)

You must always have a graduated cord measure in your mind.  If you measure your opponent by adjusting the cord to him, you will be able to ascertain clearly his strengths and weakness, his straightness and crookedness, where he is relaxed and where he is tense.  With this measure you must size up all aspects of your opponent – round, square, short, crooked or straight.  You should examine this well.

STRATEGY ELEVEN

(THE PATHWAY OF THE SWORD)

Without knowing the pathway of the sword, you cannot handle it feely.  You cannot properly slash you opponent if you put too much force into it, if you do not have a sense of the back and the side of the blade, if you shale the sword around like a knife or a spoon for serving rice.  You must train in hitting you opponent well, always knowing the pathway of the sword and moving it calmly, following its weight.

I hope that you all enjoy your lessons today from the Hyoho Sanju go kajo. Thank you all for your support! I wish you all the best in your journey of the arts!

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


35 METHODS OF SRATEGY – HEIHO PART 4

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

35 INSTRUCTIONS ON SRATEGY – PART 4
Hyoho Sanju go kajoMiyamoto Musashi; 1614
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In 1614 two years before he wrote the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) Musashi wrote a work called “Thrity-five Instructions on Strategy”. It was written for Lord Hosokawa, by his guest Miyamoto Musashi. The Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) is considered a more elaborate piece off of this work.  To truly understand these teachings and the nature of this text is extremely difficult as Musashi used special terms and verbal meaning to express his respect for Lord Hosokawa, which is very hard to understand the exact meaning to translate into English. In the translations I am using the terms that was used in the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) as they are the more popular terms for identifying Miyamoto Musashi’s works.

STRATEGY EIGHT
(REGARDING STATE OF MIND)

The mind should be neither solemn nor agitated, neither pensive nor fearful; it should be straight and ample. This is the state of mind that should be sought after. The will should not be heavy, but the depth of ones awareness should be; in this way you make your mind like water that reacts appropriately to shifting situations. Whether it is a drop or an ocean with blue depths, it is water, you should examine this well.

I hope that you all enjoy your lessons today from the Hyoho Sanju go kajo. Thank you all for your support! I wish you all the best in your journey of the arts!

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


35 METHODS OF SRATEGY – HEIHO PART 3

Anshu Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

35 INSTRUCTIONS ON SRATEGY – PART 3
Hyoho Sanju go kajoMiyamoto Musashi; 1614
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In 1614 two years before he wrote the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) Musashi wrote a work called “Thrity-five Instructions on Strategy”. It was written for Lord Hosokawa, by his guest Miyamoto Musashi. The Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) is considered a more elabora te piece off of this work.

To truly understand these teachings and the nature of this text is extremely difficult as Musashi used special terms and verbal meaning to express his respect for Lord Hosokawa, which is very hard to understand the exact meaning to translate into English.

In the translations I am using the terms that was used in the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) as they are the more popular terms for identifying Miyamoto Musashi’s works.

STRATEGY SEVEN
(SIZING UP THE MA)

Different schools give different instructions on the way to assess the “ma”, but I find that they tend to fix or rigidify your strategy; that is why I advise you not to take into consideration what you have learned before.

Whatever the discipline may be, it is repeated exercises that you arrive at the point of being able to assess the “ma”.  In general you should think that when your sword reaches your opponent, he can also reach you.  When you want to kill an opponent, you have a tendency to forget your own body.  You must reflect well on this.
Let us recall that “ma” is not exactly distance but is description of the space-time of a distance / relationship.  “Ma” also refers to the action of the mind by which this spatial and temporal phenomenon is grasped.
(*Note, in this text Musashi is doubtless alluding to the habits acquired by Lord Hosokawa in the Yagyu-ryu*)

I hope that you all enjoy your lessons today from the Hyoho Sanju go kajo. Thank you all for your support! I wish you all the best in your journey of the arts.

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


35 METHODS OF SRATEGY – HEIHO PART 2

Sensei Anshu Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

35 INSTRUCTIONS ON SRATEGY – PART 2
Hyoho Sanju go kajoMiyamoto Musashi; 1614
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In 1614 two years before he wrote the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) Musashi wrote a work called “Thrity-five Instructions on Strategy”. It was written for Lord Hosokawa, by his guest Miyamoto Musashi. The Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) is considered a more elaborate piece off of this work.

To truly understand these teachings and the nature of this text is extremely difficult as Musashi used special terms and verbal meaning to express his respect for Lord Hosokawa, which is very hard to understand the exact meaning to translate into English.

In the translations I am using the terms that was used in the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) as they are the more popular terms for identifying Miyamoto Musashi’s works.

STRATEGY FOUR; (POSTURE) — It is appropriate to hold the head neither lowered nor raised. The shoulders are neither raised nor contracted. The belly is forward but not the chest. The buttocks are not drawn in; the knees are not fixed. The posture of strategy should be well examined so that it also becomes one’s ordinary posture.

STRATEGY FIVE; (MOVEMENT OF THE FEET) — To move from one place to another, you slightly raise your toes and push off from the heel, forcefully. According to the situation, you move your feet with a large or small step, slowing or rapidly, but always in the manner of walking. There are three ways of moving that is necessary to avoid: Jumping, Floating Steps and Heavy Stomping. The essential instruction related to moving from place to place is to alternate the movement of the two feet, positive foot then negative foot (In/Yo), which means you should not just move one foot. When you slash, when you back away, when you parry, you must always move the right and left feet alternately. You must never move only one foot. This should be examined with care.
(*Note, this is the same as the Gorin no sho, in the scroll of water*)

STRATEGY SIX; (THE WAY OF LOOKING) —Your look must be broad and ample. Looking and seeing are two different things. Look powerfully, see gently. It is necessary to look at what is in the distance as well as something that is close; know that what is close is something that is of distance – this is essential for strategy. It is fundamental in strategy to know the sword of the adversary without looking at it. You must exercise well in this. Whether it is a matter of strategy on the individual scale or strategy on the large scale, the way of looking is the same. It is essential to look to both sides without moving your eyes. But without preparation, you will not be able to achieve this way of looking at the time of combat. This is why you had better study what I am writing here; you must accustom yourself to looking all the time in this way in order to be able to keep this way of looking in any situation. Examine this well.
(*Note, this is the same as the Gorin no sho, in the scroll of water*)

I hope that you all enjoy your lessons today from the Hyoho Sanju go kajo. Thank you all for your support! I wish you all the best in your journey of the arts.

 

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

 

 


35 METHODS OF SRATEGY – HEIHO PART 1

Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu, Jujutsu, Heiho

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

35 INSTRUCTIONS ON SRATEGY – PART
Hyoho Sanju go kajoMiyamoto Musashi; 1614
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In 1614 two years before he wrote the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) Musashi wrote a work called “Thrity-five Instructions on Strategy”. It was written for Lord Hosokawa, by his guest Miyamoto Musashi. The Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) is considered a more elaborate piece off of this work.

To truly understand these teachings and the nature of this text is extremely difficult as Musashi used special terms and verbal meaning to express his respect for Lord Hosokawa, which is very hard to understand the exact meaning to translate into English.

In the translations I am using the terms that was used in the Gorin no sho (Book of the 5 Rings) as they are the more popular terms for identifying Miyamoto Musashi’s works.

STRATEGY ONE; (UNDERSTAND WHY) — Among the people are sailors with rudders and oars as well as farmers with a spades and hoes. Each in his way succeeds in accustoming himself to his action. You too can acquire strength through regular exercise. Nonetheless, it is appropriate for each person to choose a sword that corresponds to his strength.

STRATEGY TWO; (KNOW THE WAY) — The way is identical for a group strategy and for individual strategy. I am writing here about individual strategy, but it is appropriate to look at this towards group strategy as well. Keep in mind, the image of a general and its meaning. The limbs correspond to the vassals and the torso corresponds to the soldiers and people. It is thus that one must govern the country and ones own body, without having any imbalances. Nobody is strong and nobody is weak if he conceives of the body, from the head to the sole of the foot, as the unity in which living mind circulates everywhere equally.

STRATEGY THREE; (THE WAY OF HOLDING THE SWORD) — Life and death exist for the sword as well as for the hand When you adopt a guard position or parry an attack, if you forget to slash you opponent, your hand is going to forget and essential dynamic and will become fixed. That is what is called a “dead hand”. A living hand is one that does not become fixed in a gesture. You will then be at ease with the possibility of slashing properly, since both the sword and the hand will be adapting flexibility to successive actions. I call that “living wrist”. The wrist must not have any slack; the elbow must not be too tense not too bent. A sword should be held with tension in the lower part of the arm muscles and relaxation in the upper part of these muscles. You should examine this well. *****
(see the way I hold the sword in the picture above)

I hope that you all enjoy your lessons today from the Hyoho Sanju go kajo. Thank you all for your support! I wish you all the best in your journey of the arts.
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


Taking it from the Rear!

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Street Survival and Self Defense at Hombu Dojo.

 

TAKING IT FROM THE REAR
Understanding a Rear Attack

Everyday I teach students kata and waza that has been passed down for centuries within the Nana Musha Den (7 Warrior Traditions of the Budo Ryu).  I also stress that kata is a form of strategy and should not be looked at as law.  One should look at the strategies and principals of the kata and then apply this to many other situations that can arise from any form of mental, physical or emotional attacks; this is the essence and truth of goshinjutsu.

When training with kata, one of the training drills that I have my students do is to execute the kata from all angles; from all 10 directions of the Happo-sabaki (4 directions (+), 4 directions (X), 2 directions (Tenchi / Heaven and Earth; Up and down).

The general rule of thumb in street survival that my father told me years ago is this, “It is what you don’t see, that will kill you”.  Simply put; know your surroundings, understand the terrain and what can and cannot happen every time that you go somewhere.  Know the shoes and clothing that you wear and how you can move in and out of them!

Ladies if you are like me, I wear high heels everywhere I go all of the time (yes I do, don’t judge me J) how fast can you get out of your heels, do you practice that? ; and if not why?; you should!  I can pivot 180 degrees in platform high heels and get out of them to get my feet stable on the ground in less than a second; and even of you don’t wear heels all of the time, only on special occasions, you still should be able to do this, because a threat is not going to happen when you expect it!  They are predators and you are their prey and when you let your guard down, that is when they will attack!

How many times do you see men that claim to teach woman’s self defense but do not teach the fact that most women do not wear the same types of clothing and footwear when they are out and about on the town or coming and going from work.  This is so important as being able to move within your clothing that you wear and is extremely crucial when talking about rear attacks as most women’s clothing are more constrictive and our footwear does not aid in lateral movement.

This also goes to men as well who wear dress clothes and shoes while walking into an environment where the traction of those shoes does not aid well, such as a damp or wet concrete parking lot.  More than likely the attacker has rubber gripping shoes and you will have to move in your clothing and footwear in that element. You guys also should place on some dress shoes and try this and understand how your body moves in this type of situation.  Remember knowledge is very lightweight and you can take it anywhere; remember that.

But this article is not for woman’s self defense, or formal footwear; it is for all martial artist of all styles to know and understand that whatever art you are studying, to master it, you have to be able to take all of the kata and apply them from all directions, this is not just knowledge of the arts, this is wisdom within application!

I understand that “fights” will come from the front, as the attacker or opponent wants to beat you up.  But life and death threats more than likely will not come from the front at all, they will blind side you, come from the rear and not only take all that you have, but take you along with them.  If you enjoy looking into your children’s eyes and spending time with you family, than I suggest you do yourself and them a favor and learn how to take any attack from any direction!

Hope that this opens doors to all of you martial artist out there; remember there is no art better than another, find the one that you enjoy and the teacher that you trust and you will find the enlightenment that you seek in budo.

I wish you all the best, take care, be safe and good luck in your journey of budo!