In this video, I teach how the ninja used the TenChiJin as a fundamental method of martial arts training, to enhance their warrior strategy and their ninjutsu/ninpo techniques.
In the Tomo-ryu tradition, there are three sections of training called the Tenchijin no Ho (Methods of Heaven, Earth, and Man). Each of these three sections of training has its own principals, strategies, and philosophies in war, life, and spiritual refinement.
– Tenton Jupppo(天遁十法; 10 methods of heavenly escape)
– Chiton Jupppo (地遁十法; 10 methods of earthly escape)
– Jinton Jupppo (人遁十法; 10 methods of mankind escape)
The Tenchijin refers to the connection of energy that we have to the heavens that we pray to and the earth that we walk on. Without understanding this feeling, you cannot have the connection. Without the connection, you cannot understand the feeling. The Tenchijin is more than simple warrior survival strategies, but strategies on life and spiritual refinement as well.
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).
CONNECT THE DIVINE | TENCHIJIN
Giving Thanks To The Gods…
I woke up this morning to see that it’s raining. Always remember to thank the divine by getting out and experiencing the beauty of nature. This world was a gift that we get to experience its beauty, if we take the time too. This experience with nature helps us better understand ourselves and connect to the elements and our surroundings.
While it is raining, we get to experience the element of “Sui” (水; water) from the divine, which represents: Emotion, Sexuality, Adaptability, Flexibility, Suppleness, and Magnetism.
Today is also the day of a solar eclipse, which represents: Renewal of Spiritual Energy, Revealing Lies (particularly those that we tell ourselves), Re-thinking our Direction of Action and Refocusing on our Goals in Life.
As the powers of the Sun and the Moon align, I will get to experience the element of “Ku” (空; Void) from the divine, which is associated with: Heavens, Divine, Magick, Sakkijutsu and Invocation.
Remember the renewal of spiritual energy is more than just your inner power, but your magickal tools as well. Make sure that you lay out all of your stones and crystals, as well as all of your tools (wand, etc, etc…) and let them soak up this divine magickal energy that is a gift to all of us today, during the Solar Eclipse!
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In the Tomo-ryu Keiko there is one section of training called the “Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki” (戸猛流天地人略の巻; the written strategy of Heaven, Earth & Man). Each 1 of these 3 scrolls has a set of rules also called “Shinobi-kun” (忍び訓; Ninja Instruction) that the practitioner should learn and master so that they can forge these ideals within their character.
Just like a one would forge a sword then use as a weapon. The Shinobi-kun of the Tomo-ryu Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki should be looked at the same way.
Take these elements and forge them into your character. This will increase your greatest weapon, your samurai spirit (武士氣; Bushi-ki).
We come from the earth and then go to the heavens, so the Tenchijin is taught in the order of Chi, Jin &Ten.
Chi no Maki = 5 Rules of Earth
Jin no Maki = 7 Rules of Man
Ten no Maki = 9 Rules of Heaven
The collection of the 3 sets of guidelines is called the “Sanpo Hiden”.
In the video below in the comment section, Mr. Chafin talks about the 5 rules of Earth (Chi no maki) within the Tomo-ryu Tenchijin:
In December of 2012 the Budo Ryu held a Tenchijin ryaku Kuden training event. The Tenchijin is the basics of Togaure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu.
The Ten Ryaku no Maki (Heavenly Strategy Book) consists of Taihenjutsu Ukemi Gata (rolls, breakfalls, leaping) where one discovers means of using the body to fall safely. From there, Kamae (postures/attitudes) are studied and applied with taihenjutsu. The core of our training is then started by the Sanshin no Kata (Three Heart Forms) which teaches the body solo movement work. Another portion which creates our foundation is the Kihon Happo (8 Combat Forms) which teaches our body to work with a partner. From there, we study Muto Dori Gata (Empty Handed Sword Evasion) which focuses on putting all of the above training together and escaping from three basic sword cuts.
The Chi Ryaku no Maki (Earthly Strategy Book) consists of Hajutsu Kyuho (nine grab escapes/break out methods) where we begin looking at escape methods from a variety of grabs, throws, kicks or punches. After a firm understanding of the Kihon Happo, a more indepth study is applied to Gyaku Waza (reversal techniques), Nage Waza (Throwing Techniques) and Shime Waza (Choking Techniques).
The Jin Ryaku no Maki (Man Strategy Book) consists of Suwari Gata (sitting forms) where one begins learning to use the above mentioned while in a seated posture. Katate Dori (counters to single handed grabs) and Ryote Dori (counters to two handed grabs) are then studied to prepare for Haibu Yori (defending the rear) where we defend ourselves against attacks from behind. Tsuki Uchi (counters against punching attacks) covers basic means of dealing with punches and is completed with Keri Ni Taisuru Uke (counters against kicks). Growing in the training, the student moves to Tsuki To Keri Ni Taisuki Waza (counters to punch and kicks) which utilize dealing with these combo attacks. Nage Kaeshi (throw counters) studies the means of throwing the one trying to throw you. Finally, we go back to Muto Dori Gata and apply all of the Strategy Book techniques into dealing with the attacking blade.
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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!
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).
Kamae is more than jut postures and stances. Kamae comes from the inside out, as does all of the wonderful things that we do in life such as love, compasion, your personality as well as your fighting spirit.
Kamae is the opportunity to embody and unify the mind, body, and spirit/attitude all toward a common goal.
The warrior’s kamae are natural reflections of directed intention. This is not a form to be set as law, these are principals to be set and formed towards kamae.
Kamae (構え) is alive, it breaths and changes with everyone of your movements. Don’t practice kamae in a fixed ridged way, you are missing one of the most beautiful lessons of taijutsu.
I hope that you enjoyed the lesson today!
take care, be safe and good luck in your journey of Budo! –