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HOW TO Make Your Own SURVIVAL KIT / Bug Out Bag (Seizonjutsu) Ninja Survival Training

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The Essence Of Ninjutsu From The Bansenshukai: Historical Ninja Martial Arts Training (Shinobijutsu)

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A Demonstration Of Samurai Swordsmanship (Kodachi-jutsu) The Art Of The Short Sword (Kobujutsu)

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5 Things YOU MUST DO to SURVIVE & WIN A FIGHT In SELF DEFENSE

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Samurai History | Tsukahara Bokuden: The Legend Of A Great Warrior

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How To Stay Motivated With Your Martial Arts & Self Defense Training: NINJUTSU MOTIVATIONAL

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How To Use Historical Ninjutsu Books, Scrolls & Densho To Create Youtube Video Content

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How To Block & Fight With A Katana | Classical Samurai Swordsmanship: Kenjutsu Training Techniques

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How To Train Like A Samurai – Items To Carry For Warrior Training | Bujutsu, Budo, Kobujutsu, Kobudo

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How To Train Like A Samurai – 7 Hardships Of Warrior Training | Bujutsu, Budo, Kobujutsu, Kobudo

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Budo & Bujutsu | 2 Words EVERYONE Misunderstands in Martial Arts Training

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The Samurai vs The Monk (Zen Story) Martial Arts Training: Bujutsu, Budo, Bugei, Bushido

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The TRUE Meaning Of KEIKO In MARTIAL ARTS Training (稽古) Ninjutsu, Ninpo, Bujutsu, Budo

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How The Samurai Defeated Fear (Zen Story) Martial Arts Training: Bujutsu, Budo, Bugei, Bushido

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Samurai History | Hajime Saito Documentary (斎藤 一) The REAL Wolf of Mibu!

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Samurai Philosophy: What You Can Do Is All That Matters | Bushido, Bujutsu, Budo, Ninjutsu, Ninpo

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The Difference Between Iaijutsu & Kenjutsu | Samurai Swordsmanship: The Way of the Warrior

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How To Use The Kodachi (Short Sword) vs the Katana | Japanese Swordsmanship Training Techniques

In this video, I teach how to use the kodachi (short sword) vs. the katana (long sword) in combat. This is a crucial lesson for all that is training in kenjutsu/iaijutsu as there are many times the samurai/ninja would lose a weapon in battle and have to rely on their side arm.

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The techniques that I am teaching comes from the Tenjin-ryu.  The Tenjin-ryu is 1 of the 7 warrior traditions (ryuha) that we teach here at the Budo Ryu Kai.  The 7 warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu Kai are:
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Koka Ryu Kempo (甲賀流拳法)

Tenjin Ryū Jujutsu (天神流柔術)

Tomo Ryu Shinobijutsu (戸猛流忍術)

Eishin-ryū Iaijutsu (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)

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Online Ninja: ALL This Knowledge & NO SKILLS | Historical Ninjutsu Martial Arts Training Techniques

In this video, I express my concern with this growing “Online Ninja Community” that has all of this knowledge but no skills.  This is a very dangerous direction for the ninjutsu community because “the way” is in training.  The purpose of training is to be able to defend yourself, the ones you love and the ones that cannot fight for themselves.  Any REAL practitioner of ninjutsu would tell you, we find our balance through the study and practice of ancient warfare.  There needs to be a balance with study and practice… mind and body…

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In the modern era, we live in a time where if you do not have the answer readily available either online or otherwise, it is fake or not true.  This in itself is a very dangerous way of thinking because these arts were written a certain way, for only a select few to be able to have the knowledge – as long as they were willing to train to obtain the warrior skills needed to be able to use the knowledge.

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Miyamoto Musashi – Samurai Quotes: Never Stray From The Way | Martial Arts, Budo, Bujutsu

In this video I discuss one of my favorite samurai quotes by Miyamoto Musashi: “Kokoro Tsuneni Michi no Hanarezu”, which means: “Never Stray From The Way”.  This is a quote that I live by and a philosophy that motivates me everyday to do what I do.

I admit, I could have done a much better job editing the video.  But I do believe that the message that I was trying to put forth, is loud and clear.  Thank you all for your love and support.  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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Are The Ninja Warriors Really Samurai? | THE TRUTH | Real Historical Ninjutsu Martial Arts Training

Are the ninja warriors really samurai? In this video, I discuss the truth about the ninja and their relation to the samurai. Different schools take a different approach when talking about this subject, because different schools have different ryuha, which has its own unique history and tradition.

Within this organization (Budo Ryu Kai) the answer is simple.  Yes. The reason for that is because the main ninjutsu training in this organization comes from the Tomo-ryu.  The Tomo-ryu was in fact started as a samurai tradition, and in the beginning, it was a sword school that focused its techniques on the use of the short sword (kodachi). Because I am the 21st Soke of the Tomo-ryu, it is important that my students understand the history and tradition of the Tomo-ryu. From the Tomo-ryu kuden and densho perspective, yes, the ninja are samurai spies who are trained in unconventional warfare (shinobijutsu), thus the name of the tradition: Tomo-ryu Shinobijutsu.

In the video, I used Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu (1 of the 7 warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu Kai) as an example. Eishin-ryu is one of the most popular forms of swordsmanship in the world. I wanted to prove my point about the reality of what people “think” ninjutsu and bujutsu is, and how blurred those lines really are, without being political or bias with a particular answer or position.

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Old Samurai Story: The Two Swordsman | Martial Arts Philosophy | Ninjutsu, Ninpo, Bujutsu, Budo

In this video, I tell an old story of the two swordsman, who went on a warrior journey (musha shugyo) to develop their swords skills to better understand “The Way” of the sword. This is an old lesson to help students question their purpose of training in the martial arts.

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Ninjutsu Technique: Yari-Yose (Spear Catcher) | Historical Koryu Ninja Martial Arts Training (Ninpo)

In this video, I teach a technique from the Tomo-ryu called: “Yari-Yose” (Spear Catcher).  This is a technique that is passed down in the Tomo-ryu school of Shinobijutsu (戸猛流忍術) to teach how to utilize the sageo (下げ緒) on the scabbard, as a means to disarm a spearman, finish him, then evade.

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The Bansenshukai (萬川集海) written in 1676, also has a technique called “yari-yose”.  Even though this technique has the same name, same objective and purpose; there are slight differences between the technique “yari-yose” in the Bansenshukai, and the “yari-yose” that is taught in the Tom-ryu.  

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In the Bansenshukai it says:

“The yariyose or the ‘spear catcher’ – tie the end of the sageo cord onto your short sword. Draw the sword out fully and hold it in your right hand and the scabbard in your left hand, with the rope hanging between. When a spear is stabbed at you, catch it and wrap the sageo cord around the spear and take the enemy’s weapon.”

– Fujubayashi Yasutake – Bansenshukai (1676)

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  • (1)  The Bansenshukai says to tie the rope to your sword while the other end is tied to the saya (scabbard). In the Tomo-ryu, it says to hold one end of the saego in your hand, with the other end tied to the scabbard.
  • (2) The Bansenshukai says that the sword should be drawn, with the sageo hanging between the sword and the saya. In the Tomo-ryu the sword is not drawn, it stays in the scabbard, till after you disarm the spear from the enemy.
  • (3) The Bansenshukai does not mention using the saya (scabbard) as a means to deflect or block the oncoming spear.  In the Tomo-ryu this part of the transmission is a crucial aspect towards the technique.
  • (4) The Bansenshukai has no mention at all with how to stab or position the sword when going in to finish the enemy.  This aspect is covered in depth as to why the sword needs to be drawn the way that it is, and used the way that it is, when learning the technique. 

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In the end, different ninja ryuha do similar techniques differently. As the 21st Soke of the Tomo-ryu it is my responsibility to teach these ancient ways and preserve those techniques that have been passed down to me.  However, because we teach various ryuha within the Budo Ryu Kai and because I encourage my students to research and learn as much as they can – it is also my responsibility to explain how a technique from one ryuha is different from another ryuha.  It is also my responsibility to explain and teach techniques from public historical sources such as the Bansenshukai, Ninpiden and Shoninki, explain the similarities and differences from them towards the 7 warrior traditions that we have within the Budo Ryu Kai.  This gives the students a much deeper understanding and greater perception of the ancient ninja and samurai martial arts, what they truly did, and how the truly did it.

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