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Tomo Ryu Shinobijutsu – Keiko 2013 – 武道流 – 戸猛流忍術 – 忍び- 古流 武 術

New Book Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu – Shoden no maki:
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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:
http://www.NinjutsuSuperStore.com
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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!
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Take Care, Be Safe &
Good Luck in your journey of Budo
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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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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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Shinobi no Michi; Volume One is a must have for anyone that is interested in authentic historical ninjutsu and traditional samurai bujutsu!
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Michi Hidou (道秘道) The Way and the Secret Way

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Michi Hidou (道秘道) The Way and the Secret Way
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In the picture above Soke Anshu is with a student at the Annual Shinobi-no-mono Stealth Camp (2012) demonstrating various outfits and disguises of the shinobi. Utilizing many different outfits as a means of camouflage as well as disguises, the ninja can move undetected within the crowd or in the shadows.
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Above you see Soke dressed as Ronin (浪人; person of the waves) which falls within the philosophy of Tsune-no-kata (常之型; normal look). For demonstrational purposes at the event, the student placed on a Shinobi Shozoku (忍び装束) called the Fuyu Shozoku (冬装束; ninja winter garb) which is a classical outfit of the ninja to move undetected (陰忍術; Innin-jutsu) in the winter months of snow and ice. All concepts of disguise and camouflage are covered when the students of the Budo Ryu understand Kage-no-kame (影之構).

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“If in his mind the warrior does not forget on thing,
Death, he will never find himself cut short.
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The lesson the warrior learns in every case
Is ultimately, finally the one thing: death.
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If the warrior proceeds by casting aside two things,
Life and death, nothing at all can best his mind.”
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Tsukahara Bokuden; 1489-1571
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Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way
www.BudoRyuNinjutsu.com


Historical Ninja Ryuha – Tomo Ryu Shinobijutsu

In this video is some of the training that we have done this year at the annual Tomoryu 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

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


Budo Student for Life,…

Picture taken: 2-2012
Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Tonbojutsu
Budo Ryu Hombu Dojo; Kansas City, Ks

“Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” – Henry L. Doherty

I hope that you all enjoy today’s lesson.  I know that it is only a simple quote; but sometimes, that is all that is needed to keep us on a positive track on our journey of Budo.

Thank you all for your support.
Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.


Capturing True Budo

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

 

Photo taken – 2.2012
Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Iaijutsu (居合術) at the Budo Ryu Hombu Dojo.

Without knowledge, a high level of warrior skill will never be focused.
Without high level of skill, one may never attain a high level of true strength.
Without true strength, knowledge may not be applied.
Without applied knowledge, one will never find wisdom.
Without wisdom, one will never find the enlightenment of which they seek.

This is a insight towards training that I came up with this morning, not for sure if it makes sense to any of you, but it makes sense to me, I hope that it helps all of you with your training.

Thank you all for your support!
Take Care, Be safe and good Luck in your Journey of Budo – Christa Jacobson


2012 USA Ichigun Ichimi Historical Ninjutsu Taikai!

Ichigun Ichimi Historical Ninjutsu USA Taikai!

Budo Ryu Budoka,
I was asked to be an instructor for this event on Historical Ninjutsu. I would love for all students of the Budo Ryu to please attend this seminar if at all possible, this will only better your skills in actual ninjutsu by attending. When the workshop is on break or directly after the event, I will take the time to review, test, or help any students in the Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way, with their training materials in the Nana Musha-den (7 Warrior Traditions) Looking forward to working with all of you!

 

Anshu Christa Jacobson

Headmistress of the Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way

21st Soke of the Tomo Ryu Tradition

4th Soke of Kosei Ryu Kempo


Shibumi-do (下味道) The Way Towards Effortless Perfection

 

Photo Taken: 11.15.2011
Budo Ryu; Hombu Dojo
武道流忍術道場

Inspiration is what people remember, not defamation. No one wants to go to the grave forgotten and the only way to be remembered is to inspire the ones around you.

Even if it is someone that you only met for a brief moment in your life, you can share with them the greatest moment in their life, just by a simple thank you, or a smile. To some, this changes their perception of the day.

There is this Japanese term called “Shibumi” (下味) which means effortless perfection. Kobayashi Sensei always told me that there is not such thing as perfection, and the better you get, the further your idea or perception of perfection is. he always used the term “Shibumi-do” or the “way of effortless perfection.”

He said the he uses this term because no one can achieve perfection (Shibumi) they can only dedicate themselves towards the idea of it (thus the usage of the kanji “Do). But this in itself is a stagnant thought because this is not a moment of time, this is a philosophy that you have to dedicate to within your journey of life; so he always told me good luck in that journey (Shibumi-do).

Everyone wants to tell you what you can and cant do, but no one other than yourself knows what you are capable of. Dedicate yourself to the things that make you complete. Inspire the ones around you, to become better and if you know what you are worth, than go get it. No one is going to give it to you.

I hope that you understand my rambling thoughts this morning, it made sense to me as I wrote it.

Thank you all for your support.

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


Happiness In Life

Happiness in Life

Soke Tomo-ryu; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Photo Taken: 10.18.2011
After class at the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Hombu.

Yesterday’s classes at the Hombu Dojo made me realize how lucky I am to be able to do what I love to do everyday and make a living at it. I mean that is everyone’s dream isn’t it? To be able to do what you love to do, express who you are to the world and make a living doing it? The unfortunate thing is that not many get this opportunity or maybe,… not many are willing to take the chance.

It was said once by Confucius “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. He was right. I get the pleasure of everyday waking up and spending the rest of the day dedicated to the authentic ninjutsu and traditional samurai bujutsu and help teach the martial arts to the students of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo.

Sure; there is work that has to be done; we make video downloads, shinobi no mono magazine, DVD’s for the Ninjutsu Super Store, and uploads and updates to the Budo Ryu Online Dojo as well as keeping in contact with all of our students and supports with our myspace page, facebook page and youtube channel. The greatest part that I find with what I do is that I never get frustrated at all because of what I am doing, I always feel like I want to do more than what I have; and to me that is a good thing!

You only have one life to live, live it to be happy, and don’t be scared to be yourself, that is what is going to really make you happy. Happiness starts within and then it is expressed outward. Just like art.

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“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique” – Walt Disney

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo.


ANSHU CHRISTA JACOBSON – KUDEN DVD SERIES

ANSHU CHRISTA JACOBSON

 

PHOTO – DVD COVER
ANSHU’s KUDEN SERIES

The Kuden DVD Series is a opportunity to learn the deeper secrets of Authentic Ninjutsu & Traditional Samurai bujutsu. Each DVD is approx. 30-45 min. in length and will cover anything and everything in the combative methods of authentic ninjutsu and classical samurai bujutsu.

World Martial Arts Hall of Fame; Anshu Christa Jacobson has now designed a new dvd sereis called Kuden! With this DVD series; students from all over the world can feel like they are right there in the Hombu training with Anshu!

This kuden training event was taken at the Budo ryu Hombu Dojo; School of the Warrior Way! Watch Anshu teach various strategies, concepts and applications of the Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Way!

ANSHU CHRISTA JACOBSON – KUDEN DVD SERIES HERE!
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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


BUDO RYU 2011 – SHINOBI STEALTH CAMP, 武道流, 忍者, 忍び, 忍の者, 忍術

Here is the video promo of the 2011 Shinobi no Mono Stealth Camp! This is the 4th Annual Shinbobi Stealth Camp held by the Budo Ryu; School of the Warrior Wary. Headed by Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson!

This shows some of the training that took place at the event, we did not place everything on this video promo, but enough for the viewers to capture the meaning and essence of the training!

In this video we use the music from ” The Final Cut; Friday the 13th Movie 2009″ as many of you know I was a music major and love the horror movies, mostly the music as it has so much depth with the transitions of the melody. That is why I choose this song as it has so much depth, so many things going on with the music, yet they all fit together to make this beautiful song. This was very symbolic of the training of the 2011 Shinobi no Mono Stealth Camp.

I hope that you all enjoy the video promo, we had a great time at the camp. if you are interested in training in authentic ninjutsu or traditional samurai bujutsu, you can see our website at
http://www.budoryuninjutsu.com

This DVD will be released in the International Ninjutsu Super Store along with all of the videos that are released by the Budo Ryu!
http://www.ninjutsusuperstore.com

Thank you all for your support!

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


MONOMI – Shinobi Hand Torch

Soke Christa Jacobson

 

MONOMI – Shinobi Hand Torch
Photo above: Anshu with a “Monomi” or ninja scouting hand torch.

When on a night mission within a residence or building, the Shinobi had a small hand torch that they used to be able to see within or to see into. This would help aid in “stealing in”. It was small, easily concealable and just as easy to put out in case they felt they were seen.

Split a cedar board to get a piece of 4 or 5 Sun (12 or 15 cm). Apply a little sulphur on the tip and hold it out. This is called Monomi Scouting Torch and used by the shinobi to look inside a window or a knothole.

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Information comes the Shinobi sections of the Gunpo Jiyoshu Scrolls; by Ogasawara Saku’un Katsuzo (1612)

If you are interested in buying this book, this translation is found in the book “true ninja traditions” here:
http://www.amazon.com/Ninp​iden-True-Ninja-Traditions​-Scroll/dp/1604818301/ref=​sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310733​316&sr=8-1
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The lesson today comes from my own personal collection and study of these documents. I hope that this helps with all of your training! 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


Goshiki mai – Five Colored Rice of the Ninja

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

GOSHIKI-MAI

Secret Messages were conveyed with the use of elaborate codes that would be overlooked by anyone but the recipient. The ninja’s ploy included rice grains dyed different colors (goshiki-mai) as well as knotted rope (yuinawa-moji) as well as letters that only their allies could understand.

In understanding the “Goshiki-mai” (Five-color rice) Rice grains were dyed blue, yellow, red, black or purple and arranged in different combinations or patterns. With this technique, the ninja could make over 100 different codes.

There is a new Historical Ninjutsu video being released this week on this topic from myself and Antony Cummins that you can all see and understand these old methods of secretly passing information.

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The lesson today comes from my own personal collection and study of these documents. I hope that this helps with all of your training! 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


BUDO RYU DAIKOMYOSAI 武道流大光明祭 2011 – 武術, 忍術, 古流, 武道

Here is a brief video of some of the training and teachings of the:
2011 BUDO RYU DAIKOMYOUSAI 武道流大光明祭!

DAIKOUMYOSAI (大光明祭) means; celebration of illumination from inside to the outside — The Budo Ryu holds and annual Daikomyosai every year.

Training goes in depth within the 7 traditions of the Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo! Direct teachings of the history of the arts, classical kata as well as the present applications, deeper understandings of these 7 warrior traditions that make up the Budo Ryu – School of the Warrior Way!

The Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo is a school of traditional Japanese fighting arts and has established 22 schools world wide with its headquarters located in Kansas City, Ks.

The B.R.N.D trains in all areas of traditional Japanese bujutsu (old Japanese fighting arts). This includes hand to hand combat, grappling, ground fighting, all traditional weapons of the ninja and samurai, modern weapon applications and tactics, self-defense, self-protection, survival skills as well as mental and emotional conditioning.

7 WARRIOR TRADITIONS OF THE SCHOOL:
* 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 (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)

Each of these ancient fighting arts has it own aspect to warfare. SOME of the Skills that a student will train in are: Seishinteki kyōyō (spiritual refinement) Taijutsu (unarmed combat), Kenjutsu (sword techniques), Bōjutsu (stick and staff techniques), Sōjutsu (spear techniques), Naginatajutsu (naginata techniques), Kusarigamajutsu (kusarigama techniques), Shurikenjutsu (throwing weapons techniques), Kayakujutsu (pyrotechnics), Hensōjutsu (disguise and impersonation), Shinobi-iri (stealth and entering methods), Bajutsu (horsemanship), Sui-ren (water training), Bōryaku (tactics), Chōhō (espionage), Intonjutsu (escaping and concealment), Tenmon (meteorology), Chi-mon (geography), Dakentaijutsu (striking body arts), Kosshijutsu (muscle tearing), Kyushojutsu (vital points), Jujutsu (grappling), Koppojutsu (bone breaking), Yonin, Inpo, Tonpo, Shinobi-iri, Ninjutsu (art of stealth).

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 – Budo Ryu Essence

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Anshu teaching kusarigama techniques at 2011 Daikomyousai

“People with a good heart will understand the essence of the Budo Ryu. It is not about being better than anyone; it is for being better than what you were yesterday.” – Anshu Christa Jacobson

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 – Illusion

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

 

Photo Taken – 6.23.2011
Illusion,…

Illusion of Separation; How many wars have been started from a need for one side to be “right” and to make the other “wrong.”

Ancient cultures talk of our connection to each other, yet we treat each other with such little regard. They teach that when you go beneath the surface of “man” you find the true essence of who we are, intertwined at the deepest most fundamental way.

This is the only way to bring true happiness, look inside and find the answers. The problem is people do not want to look on the inside, because the inside is where they keep all of their pain, and fear. So they turn to others for answers, they assume that the one that is talking is right, this in itself is an illusion.

It is quite possible that the one that is not talking just teaching, is actually saying more than the one that is talking.

The body has 7 Chakra. Chakra are said to be “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body and are considered the focal points for the reception and transmission of energies.

The “Light” chakra, located in the center of the forehead deals with insight, but is blocked by illusion.

This chakra helps you gain knowledge, but it is blocked by things that “you think” is right. This is an illusion. You think that your opinion is correct, when in truth, it is not. It is something that you came up with, formulated some reason for thinking that it is real, when in fact, it is not, it is false thought that you bring into yourself.

The greatest illusion in the martial arts, is the illusion of the five elements, and how they are separate. The things that you think are different, are actually one in the same.

If you open your mind, and think, you will see that all of the elements are connected. Even metal is simply earth, just refined.

Don’t be dis-connected from the things that gives you the most joy in your life, spend more time with the ones that give you the most joy. This is another way of opening the chakra and enjoying your life.

If you know that ‘this’ is going to place you in a bad mood, than don’t do “this”,.simply do and be around those that make you happy and a better person.

Not for sure if anyone of you understood the lesson today, but if at least one person out there, understands, than at least I touched the life of one.

Thanks for reading today’s lesson. Be safe my friends.

I hope that this helps you today as well as your training.

Take Care, Be Safe &
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 – Sunshine

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Photo Taken – 6.22.2011
Sunshine,…

Yesterday I went to the park to enjoy the day. It was such a beautiful day, so I figured I would make the best of it and figure out a way for me to get things done while enjoying the sunshine.

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama

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I had quite a few emails so I decided instead of answering them on the internet (because I hate typing) that I would get the camera and go down to the lake and just answer the emails there.

I was a wonderful time, the emails were great too with many compliments and questions about training with the Budo Ryu I sat there and answered the emails for about 45 mins, till my battery ran down. I will get this video up and published on the website so that you all can see it as well!

(I will warn you the wind was really bad, so some sections you might not hear me that well).

I needed to get work done, but still wanted to enjoy nature and the day. Happiness is what we are all looking for. Do what you can do to make yourself happy, at the end of the day, that is all that we have.

Happiness and love helps you see things clearly, Hate and revenge clouds your vision.

It was said that hate is like a double edge blade, as you cast it on the people around you, you are also cutting yourself with it as well.

Remember that Budo is not about being better than anyone else. It is about being better than what you were yesterday, and if you are not in balance, if you are not happy, you cannot help others become happy.

I hope that this helps you today as well as your training.

Take Care, Be Safe &
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


Tomo Ryu Shinobijutsu – 2010 DVD – 武道流 – 戸猛流忍術 – 忍び- 古流 武 術

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

NEW TOMO RYU SHINOBIJUTSU DVD!
武道流 – 戸猛流忍術 – 忍び- 古流 武 術

VIEW THE FREE VIDEO PROMO & PURCHASE HERE!

SCENE SELECTIONS
Chapter 1   – PLAY ALL
Chapter 2   – TOMO RYU SHINOBI INTRO
Chapter 3   – TAIJUTSU (unarmed combat)
Chapter 4   – KUSARIGAMA (sickle and chain)
Chapter 5   – TAIHENJUTSU (body movement skills a.k.a taisabaki)
Chapter 6   – YORUJUTSU (night fighting)
Chapter 7   – SHINOBI IRI (stealth walking)
Chapter 8   – SEISHITEKI KYOYO (spiritual refinement)
Chapter 9   – KENJUTSU (swordsmanship)
Chapter 10 – ZETSUMEIJUTSU (assassination)
Chapter 11 – REFLECTIONS (review)

VIEW THE FREE VIDEO PROMO & PURCHASE HERE!

I HOPE THAT YOU ALL ENJOY THE NEW DVD! 

Take Care, Be Safe and good luck in your journey 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 – Teppojutsu

Soke Christa Jacobson

 

TEPPOJUTSU – THE ART OF FIREARMS
Photo taken from:
Temaezutsu seisaku no koto of the Nakajima-ryu hojutsu kankiroku
(taken from Anshu Christa Jacobson private collection)

Teppo Jutsu refers to the “art of the rifle”, a warrior art practiced in feudal Japan by the Samurai.

Contrary to popular belief, the Samurai did use firearms and as with all their weapons arts they were quite skilled “riflemen”.

Similar to the other weapons employed, for the Samurai this art encompassed all aspects of the rifle as a weapon: achieving accuracy, proper cleaning and maintenance, rifle and ammunition design and development, as well as using the rifle in Close Quarters Combat. This latter included such skills as weapons retention, striking with the rifle as a blunt weapon, and even the use of the bayonet (Juken Jutsu).

“One of many things the Japanese were interested in were Portuguese guns. The Japanese were already familiar with gunpowder (invented by, and transmitted from China), and had been using basic Chinese guns and cannon tubes called Teppō (鉄砲 Lit.”Iron cannon”) for around 270 years before the arrival of the Portuguese. The Portuguese guns however were light, had a matchlock firing mechanism and were easy to aim with.

The Famous Daimyo, Oda Nobunaga, made extensive use of guns (arquebus) playing a key role in the Battle of Nagashino. Within a year, Japanese swordsmiths and ironsmiths managed to reproduce the mechanism and mass-produce the guns. Barely fifty years later, “by the end of the 16th century, guns were almost certainly more common in Japan than in any other country in the world”, its armies equipped with a number of guns dwarfing any contemporary army in Europe (Perrin). The guns were strongly instrumental in the unification of Japan under Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, as well as in the invasion of Korea in 1592 and 1597″.

I hope that you all enjoyed today’s lesson on Teppojutsu!

Take Care, Be Safe and good luck in your journey 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 – Life is Choice,…

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Photo Taken – 6.12.2011
Life is Choice,…

Every option, Every decision, that you make in life, is just like a doorway, You choose which ones you walk through or not, the choice is up to you.

Every Doorway, every intersection has a story, and that story is a crucial part towards the journey that you take; not just as a martial artist, but as a person as well.

You can choose to be anything that you want to be, you can choose to be negative, or positive, it is up to you.

No one that has chosen to be negative, hateful or a victim has ever discovered the secret of the stars, sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

You must not,…for any reason,… give up the effort to make yourself a better person, or help those that are around you.

Creativity, focus, perseverance, dedication and determination will give you the inner strength needed to push through the heavy, and what seems non-moveable doorways of life.

I hope that this insight today helps you all in your journey as well as your training in Budo.

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 – Code of Honor

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Photo Taken – 6.2.2011
Standing next to Antique Armor / 17th Century

“They say Japan was made by a sword. They say that the old gods dipped a blade into the ocean, and when the pulled it out, four perfect drops fell back into the sea, those drops became the islands of Japan.”

“I say; Japan was made from a handful of brace men and women. Warriors willing to give their lives for something that seems to have become a forgotten word,…..

Honor.”

– The Last Samurai; Warner Bros. Pictures; 2003
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Honor is honesty or integrity in one’s beliefs and action; while accepting responsibility for ones own actions.

Honor is the recognition of selflessness. To acknowledge this potential or limitation that we have within and gone beyond.

Honor is standing up for what you believe in while understanding truth, courage, honesty, loyalty, duty, benevolence and morality as code and living your life by that code in your personal journey of life.

Take Care, Be Safe and good Luck in your journey.
(bow)
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 – Warrior Guardian Deity

Soke Christa Jacobson
Photo Taken – 6.2.2011
Warrior Guardian Deity

There was a militant side to Japanese Buddhism. Many monasteries were fortified and had standing armies. These measures began as protective measures against brigands and marauding armies but over time led to the sects becoming like feudal states, sometimes with large armies controlling entire provinces.

In almost every Buddhist country, the temple gates are guarded by two or more fearsome figures.

There are explanations for this. One understanding is that anyone who tries to enter the temple with a burden of negativity will find him- or herself unable to get past the guardians. Leave it all outside, they say, and enter with a pure heart.

In some countries, like Japan, the figures have a further feature. The Japanese “Ni-O” (“Two Kings”) are depicted one with his mouth open, the other with his mouth closed. A popular interpretation of this is that they are signifying “A” and “Un,” the two sounds which make up the Japanese pronunciation of the “sacred syllable” Om. Better, though, is another idea, based in the concept of duality.

The Two Kings, they say, represent the two aspects of In and Yo (yin and yang in Chinese philosophy). Further, they represent two of Buddhism’s great “evils”: Fear and Desire. Mister “A,” he with the open mouth, is the “IN” receptive, but he is also Desire, opening up for anything he can get. Mister “Un,” then, is the closed-mouthed passive “YO”, but also the one who lives in Fear, shutting out the possibility of any new opportunities.

“IN” is no good without “YO”. And the extremes of Fear and Desire prevent one from living a full life. And so it is only the one who can pass through the Middle, between IN and YO, get past Fear and Desire, who is eligible to seek the Buddha.

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“Avoid evil; do good; purify the heart.”
– Buddha

I hope that you enjoy today’s lesson, and I hope that it helps you with your training. 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 – Guardian Lion

Soke Christa Jacobson

Soke; Anshu Christa Jacobson

Photo Taken – 6.2.2011
Guardians Lion – Protector

Chinese guardian lions, known also as Imperial guardian lions, shishi lions, or stone lions (石獅, Pinyin: Shíshī) in Chinese art and often (incorrectly) called “Foo Dogs” in the West, are a common representation of the lion in pre-modern China. They are believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).

In Japan: the lion figures are known as Komainu (狛犬・高麗犬, lit Korea dogs) possibly due to their introduction to Japan through Korea.

The lions are always created in pairs, with the male holding the world in his hand and the female with holding a cub. They occur in many types of Chinese pottery and in Western imitations. In the photo above, the lion is a female holding her cub in her left leg.

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“The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.”

Sun Tzu

I hope that you enjoy today’s lesson, and I hope that it helps you with your training. 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 – Picture Poetry

Soke Christa Jacobson

Photo Taken – 6.2.2011

“A picture is a poem without words.”
Horace
(Roman lyric poet; 65 BC)

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“Everyday we have the opportunity to learn, as there is hardly a human being without some daily” dukkha“.”
Buddhist Teaching

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Art is the desire of a person express them self, to display and share the reactions of their personality to the world which they lives in.

Art is expression, expression is feeling, feeling is life. Live your life to be happy, and to share that happiness with the ones that you love.

I hope that you all enjoyed 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