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Soke Anshu 2020 Message: Focus On You & Your Martial Arts Training | Ninjutsu, Ninpo, Bujutsu, Budo

 

In this video, I share some thoughts on training with a few of my students at the Budo Ryu Kai Hombu Dojo in Kansas City. The message was to instill the idea that the students need to focus on themselves and their training. They need to leave the negativity outside. They need to get away from all of the hate that we see all over the media, and take the time to make themselves better through the student of the martial arts.
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This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
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Ninpo Must Be Taught By Kuden | Bansenshukai Historical Ninjutsu Training | Ninja Martial Arts

In this video I share a quote from the Bansenshukai regarding the importance of keeping ninjutsu secret and only teaching those that are truly able to understand the depth of ninpo.
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The Bansenshukai (萬川集海) translates as “All Rivers Merge into the Sea”, meaning that the Bansenshukai is the ultimate collection of all Iga & Koka Ninjutsu and is regarded by scholars as the Bible of Ninjutsu.
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Soke Anshu: My Journey as a Sensei – Teacher of the Martial Arts: Ninjutsu, Ninpo, Bujutsu, Budo

In this video, “My Journey as a Sensei”. I explain some of the ups and downs and things that I have learned along the way, as a teacher (sensei) of the martial arts.

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Martial Arts Philosophy | Relationship and Growth of Training: Ninjutsu Class Lecture

 

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NEW! Martial Arts DVD! | Goshinjutsu: Real Self Defense Lesson 2

 

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Soke Anshu | 2019 Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Daikomyosai Introduction | Ninja Martial Arts

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Forgive But Never Forget | Martial Arts Philosophy: Motivational Lecture

 

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GO RIN NO SHO | Practicing The Way – Miyamoto Musashi

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SNOW QUEEN | WINTER GODDESS

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SNOW QUEEN
Every morning (usually after my workout), I go outside on the back deck naked, and feel the energy of nature. It does not matter if it is dark, light, hot, cold, rain or snow. I always go out, every morning and experience the energy and power of the gods.

SNOW & MAGICK
Snow is water. Its cold and it’s frozen, but its still water, which is one of the five sacred elements (Chi, Sui, Ka, Fu, Ku). Water is a feminine energy and highly connected with the aspects of the Goddess, used for healing, cleansing, purification and sexuality. The element of water (Suijutsu: 水術) is associated with passion and emotion.

There are also a number of deities associated with snow, ice, and winter storms. The Japanese Yuki Onna is a spirit of winter storms who dwells in the mountains and preys upon travelers. The legend of two woodcutters, Mosaku and Minokichi, tells of the woman in white, whose “breath was like a bright white smoke.”…

More info on the Japanese Deity; Yuki Onna:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuki-onna

By going outside and connecting to this energy, it will help balance all three phases of your “Sanshin” (三心): Mind-Body-Spirit.

So find time and a private place, where you are all alone, and you can be naked and feel the energy of the gods, even if it’s only for a few seconds. Strengthen your connection to the TenChiJin (天地人) and pray/meditate/commune and give your thanks for the divine gifts that they give.


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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #4

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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #4 – PLEASE READ!
So even though there are some ninja “groups” / “organizations” that want to claim that ninja were not assassins, and did not have secret forms of fighting, is clearly wrong.

The most famous ninja densho of all time says it is possible to kill the enemy with shinobi-no-jutsu. It even states that there are secret skills taught to kill the enemy general.

It is simply amazing that these words can be written in what is known as the bible of ninjutsu, and many ninja “practitioners” / “historians” want to claim that they are not assassins, and do not have secret form of fighting. 

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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #3

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We live in an age of internet access, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, where lots of information is at our finger tips. Just because we live in a digital era, does not mean that everything that we do has to be public. Ninjutsu has its roots and essence in secrecy, and I believe that it needs to stay there.

Yes I am very open to the fact that I teach ninjutsu. But, I keep the curriculum, the scrolls and densho between myself and my students. I believe that the art of ninjtusu has to be earned, not giving away. Ninjutsu is an experience, not a text book.

Amazing how the Bansenshukai says that you must protect the art, it must be a secret only kept to the members of the clan, yet when I keep all of the training secret, I am doing ninjutsu wrong… Really?

Ninjutsu is more then just words on a paper. It is a vehicle to help us become better people, which is very intimate and sacred to each one of us. Instead of trying to learn ninjutsu from the ink on a page, dedicate yourself and train in the warrior arts. Push yourself mentally, physically and emotionally, then, you will have a deeper understanding of the truth.

To those that do not train in the warrior arts, this makes no sense to them and these words sounds foolish; but to those that train in the real warrior arts, the ones that sweat and bleed in the dojo with a warrior family that has closer bonds than their own bloodline, this is not foolish, and the training of ninjutsu becomes more than just a method of warfare, it becomes a way of life. 
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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #2

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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #2 – PLEASE READ!
It is amazing when certain ninjutsu “groups” and “organizations” practice the art of ongyojutsu, it is a historical part of ninjtusu from the Bansenshukai. However; when I teach ongyojutsu, these same groups and organizations claim that I get it from a children’s book.

FUN FACT:
I was teaching these 4 ongyojutsu methods years before the release of the Bansenshukai English translation. I have published the instruction of these methods in two books (Shinobi-no-Michi & Tomo-ryu Shoden-no-maki) both books being published before the release of the English translation of the Bansenshukai.

In both of the books that I published, I referenced in the bibliography the Bansenshukai as a source of information. This is fact. The idea that the Bansenshukai is a children’s books is ridiculous. I have been teaching these techniques for years. Now that the Bansenshukai is out, it should be clear to everyone that I have been displaying real authentic ninjutsu since the birth of the Budo Ryu in 2004.

It does not matter if you agree with my lineage or not. The facts are the Tomo-ryu “jutsu” that is taught within that ryuha completely aligns itself within historical ninjutsu technique.

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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #1

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BANSENSHUKAI LESSON #1 – PLEASE READ!
Amazing that the ninja of old knew this, yet this stupidity and ignorance still exist today. I guess there are those that feel if they do it “just like the book says” they are right, and everyone else is wrong.

“Ignorant ninja are not aware of this principal but directly stick to ancient ways and do not even know the simplest of facts…”  – Fujibayashi Yasutake; 1676

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The Kagi-nawa (a.k.a Uchikagi)

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The Kagi-nawa (a.k.a Uchikagi), according to the Shoninki, is known as one of the six tools of the ninja. This ninja tool is found in many other historical ninjutsu texts, including the Bansenshukai (shown in picture).

Kagi-nawa translates out as: “hooked rope”. The kagi-nawa is a rope that has a hook attached to the end of it, and it would aid the ninja in: climbing, infiltration, extraction, tying people up to torture them, tying doors together to keep people from entering or exiting, building shelter and setting traps. The list of uses for the kagi-nawa/uchi-kagi can go on and on. 

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Soke Anshu – Kuden / Hiden Series (#0004) – Kazushi no Michi – The Way of Balance – 宗家, 暗主, 口伝, 秘伝

This video is a kuden (口伝; verbal transmission) and hiden (秘伝; secret transmission) transmission of the bujutsu skill called “Bushi no me”, which is known as “Eyes of the Samurai” by Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson; 21st Soke of the Tomo-ryu tradition and Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Dojo.

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Enjoy Life… Warrior Zen

“There is more to life than going fast. Slow down and enjoy the experience.”

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Your Perception… Warrior Zen

“Every morning you wake you can perceive suffering, or the overcoming of it. Your perception will be your initial motivation.”

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No End… By Dogen Zenji (道元禅師)

“There is no beginning to training, nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment, nor end to training”. – Dōgen Zenji (道元禅師)


Why I Succeed – Hatase ru (果せる)

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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


Samurai Class (武家)

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Anshu Christa Jacobson teaching Tenjin-ryu Jujutsu Buke Waza (天神流柔術 武家技) at the Budo Ryu Hombu Dojo (武道流本部道場)

(Transcription)
“Regardless of class, a person who does something beyond his social standing will at some point commit mean or cowardly acts. In the lower classes there are even people who will run away. One should be careful with menials and the like.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo; 1659-1719

(Translation)
All samurai (bushi) understand that there are hateful and mean people in society that will do anything to tear another down. This can come in all forms from and in the modern day we see: racism, prejudices, sexist, hate crimes, slander, online bullying, lying, cheating, rape, theft and assassination.

As practitioners of Budo, we need to recognize this and clearly see the difference between truth and fact and act appropriately to the situation.

If they are not samurai, than there is no need to show them your fighting technique, as one only fights in the last resort. A samurai you would never let a coward who is not face to face in front of you, get to you. All samurai understand, no person, place, thing or idea is strong enough to get in your head, unless you are weak enough to let them.

I hope that you understand today’s lesson and can see my interpretation of this wonderful classic text on samurai bujutsu.

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Train to live

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“You can Never Give Up and Never Quit because if you really think about it, there are a multitude of other people who are relying on you to excel and succeed in achieving your goals and objectives.”

Train to live!

I hope that you all understand the lesson, I wish you all the best in your journey of Budo.

Thank you all for your support, take care and be safe.

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
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Chief Editor of the Shinobi no Mono Magazine
Founder of the Ninjutsu International Federation
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Bushido (武士道) The Way of the Samurai – Courage (勇)

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To see just cause and to not act, is lacking in courage.

When one finds oneself in a situation where there is an obvious right and wrong, yet remains silent for fear of loosing face, they prove nothing and show that they lack in the ability to stand up for their own beliefs.  As a warrior one should be ashamed of oneself.

This is not to say that one should go out in search of conflict to show their strength, as this is foolishness as well.  However; if conflict should present itself, one should have the courage, confidence and resolve to make themselves and their righteous beliefs known without fear of loosing something as trivial as public acceptance and stand up for what they believe in and have come to love.

I hope that you all enjoy the lesson.

Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck 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
4th Soke of Kosei Ryu Kempo
Founder of the Budo Ryu Online University
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35 METHODS OF SRATEGY – HEIHO PART 5

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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 3

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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