Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Difference Between Hard Blocks & Soft Blocks | Kenpo, Kempo, Karate, Training Techniques

 

 

In this video I discuss the difference between using hard style blocks within self-defense as oppose to soft style blocks. Afterwards I teach a technique that utilizes soft blocks from 1 of our 7 warrior traditions – Koka-ryu Kempo.

There are many ways to block/defend and oncoming attack. There is no single correct way. There are many ways, all dependent on the situation. To have a high level of skill within Kempo, you need to understand and master all of the various defensive/blocking maneuvers so that you can counter an oncoming attack efficiently and effectively. 

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Importance of Soke: Traditional Ninjutsu and Bujutsu Training in the Modern Era | Ninja Martial Arts


 

In this video, I discuss the importance of Soke (Grandmaster) and its relation towards training in traditional ninjutsu and bujutsu in the modern era. The transmission of these old arts (Koden) is truly the responsibility of the Soke and has to be done very carefully and in a specific way to ensure its correct passing to the next generation.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ninja Fire Tools: Donohi, Uchitake & Gando | Historical Ninjutsu Martial Arts Training Techniques

 

In this video, I explain how to use some of the historical ninja/ninjutsu fire tools (kaki), such as the donohi (body warmer), uchitake (fire starter) and gando (search light).  I explain the differences of each of these ninja tools (ninki) as well as show the historical documents as to where we find these ninja fire tools in Japanese history. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Shinobi Hand Torch | Ninja Fire Training (Kajutsu, Kaki) Ninjutsu Martial Arts Training Techniques

 

In this video I teach how to make a small shinobi hand torch!  This is part of the ninja fire training known as kajutsu.  When studying the ninjutsu martial arts there are various kaki (fire tools) that you need to learn. One of them is called the Monomi Torch!  

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

NEW Ninja Dojo! | Budo Ryu Kai – Washington Shinobi-Den | Ninjutsu Training School


In this video, I introduce a NEW NINJA DOJO!  The Budo Ryu Kai Washington Shinobi-Den!  This is a NEW Ninjutsu training school that will be opening in the state of Washington!  It will be run by one of my personal students, Mr. Ellifrits. This video is an introduction to the new shinobi school (shinobi-den)! Thank you very much for your love and support!  It is greatly appreciated! 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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.
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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.
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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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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Ninja Stealth Walking Training Drills | Stealth vs. Silence | Ninjutsu Martial Arts Techniques




In this video, I am discussing ninjutsu training; “The Art of Stealth” with my students before we start stealth training / stealth walking drills.  The deep understanding of “stealth” and what that truly means is essential for anyone who trains in the ninja martial arts.
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Everyone thinks of tactics like silence and camouflage when thinking of stealth, but there are so many more tactics that have to be mastered to be good at stealth.  The objective is to go somewhere you are not suppose to be, do things you are not suppose to do, and leave no trace about you or the mission.  Training in stealth is essential to ninjutsu.  It’s sad that so many so called “ninjutsu schools” do not train in these techniques anymore. The positive thing is that here, at the Budo Ryu Kai, we do train in all areas authentic historical ninjutsu.
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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Ninja Skin Conditioning (Hands, Feet, Toes) Ninjutsu Training: Junan Taiso, Hojo Undo Techniques




In this video, I discuss the ninja skin conditioning/training of the hands, feet and toes within ninjutsu martial arts.  Remember the ninja was a spy, and body sensitivity was a very important aspect within ninjutsu. The ninja would have to feel around in the darkness to find certain things, do certain things, feel certain things and be aware of certain things. To do this, they would need a high level of sensitivity on the bottoms of their hands, feet and toes.
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Do not get skin conditioning mixed up with bone conditioning. Yes, the ninja would train to have effective striking (punching and kicking) within their martial arts training.  But this training goes along “impact conditioning” or “bone conditioning” as the practitioner is training to withstand a higher impact and deliver an effective strike with their hands and feet. Impact conditioning is more along the lines of bone and connective tissue training and has nothing to do with the conditioning of the skin for sensitivity. 
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Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson; Headmistress of the Budo Ryu Kai (a.k.a Budo Ryu Ninjutsu Dojo), is one of the most sought after instructors in the traditional and eclectic martial traditions. She is a member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and is said to be the only non-Japanese to receive a Menkyo Kaiden (The highest level license that exist in Japanese martial arts) and Sokeship (inheritor / grandmaster) of a koryu bujutsu / ninjutsu tradition.

In 2004 she wanted to bring back the tradition of Japanese Bujutsu, something that she felt has been lost in the modern world. To do this she established the Budo Ryu Kai, meaning School of the Warrior Way.


The Budo Ryu Kai (Budo Ryu Ninjutsu) was developed by her personal research, training, experience, as well as the collection of seven Japanese warrior traditions (also called Nana Musha-den) and combining all of these facets into a way to fully develop one’s mind, body and spirit as one. 


Budo Ryu Ninjutsu is Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson's modern approach towards the study of ancient samurai & ninja warfare.  The seven warrior arts that are taught within the Budo Ryu Kai are:


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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Friday, September 11, 2020

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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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ninja Weighted Chain Fighting Techniques (Manriki Gusari / Kusari Fundo) Ninjutsu Martial Arts



In this video, I teach how to apply various ninja weighted chain fighting techniques, utilizing the manriki gusari (a.k.a Kusari Fundo).
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The Manriki-gusari (万力鎖) is a one of the secret hidden weapons of the ninja and samurai. The manriki-gusari is a simple, yet effective weapon. Weights are attached on both ends of the weapon and these weights are connected with a chain. The length of the chain is different depending on the ryuha that one is training in. Generally, the manriki-gusari is a self-defence weapon. It’s small and compact, so ninja or samurai can hide it in their pocket and can be used a variety of different ways.
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In the video, I am using a “training manriki gusari”.  This is a soft rope with soft rubber ends on it instead of a weighted chain. Using the training aid will allow you to go through complete range of motion with the kata, without injuring your training partner.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ninjutsu Training: Ninja Use Of Camouflage (Mokuton-no-jutsu) Ninpo Martial Arts Training Techniques




In this video, I explain the ninja use of camouflage when utilizing mokuton-no-jutsu.  This is an extremely important skill for anyone who is studying the ninja martial arts.  The two basic skills that I cover are:

-  Gisou-no-ho (偽装之法)
-  Uzuragakure-no-ho (蹲隠之法)

Both of these techniques are found in the Gotonpo (五遁法) section of the Togakure-ryu school of Ninpo Taijutsu (戸隠流忍法体術). In the video I say, that tonjutsu (evasion techniques) are ways to “evade reality”.  Although this is true, this message was taken from a larger lesson on the perception of reality, which is not part of this video.  So Tonjutsu is evasion skills, but it is important to know that you are evading from the vision, or the perception of the enemy.  So if you are using Mokuton-no-jutsu, you are using wood evasion skills to evade from the vision or perception of the enemy.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Ninjutsu Training: Using The Elements Of The TenChiJin | Ninja Martial Arts Techniques (Ninpo)




In this video, I teach how to use the natural elements of the TenChiJin (天地人) towards your advantage when studying the ancient ninja martial arts of ninjutsu (忍術).  In Ninpo (忍法), we study the Godai (五大), Gogyo (五行) as well as all areas of the TenChiJin Ryaku-no-Maki. Understanding the use all of the natural elements is crucial within the study of ninjutsu. When used correctly, you become a much stronger than anything your opponent can possibly imagine.
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Monday, September 7, 2020

Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu: Key Points to Training your Kamae | Ninja Martial Arts (Ninjutsu)




In this video, I teach the key points and purpose to kamae when training in the ninja martial arts of Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu. Regardless of the Ninjusu ryuha that you are training in, kamae is a very important and essential aspect towards martial arts training.
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In the Togakure-ryu (戸隠流) school of Ninpo Taijutsu there are 5 basic kamae that every student should master:

-          Ichi-no-Kamae (一之構)
-          Hachimonji-no-kamae (八文字之構)
-          Hira Ichimonji-no-Kamae (平一文字之構)
-          Happo Gakure-no-Kamae (八方隠之構)
-          Tonso-no-Kamae (遁走之構)

The first step towards training your kamae is understanding how to get into the proper position so that you can get a feeling of how the body moves and how you can shift your weight from this position. Although today’s video is a very basic understanding of the concept, you cannot master the kamae, without understanding the basics.
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Sunday, September 6, 2020

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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Monday, August 31, 2020

Togakure-ryu Ninpo Taijutsu: Shuko-jutsu Training | Ninja Martial Arts Techniques (Ninjutsu)




In this video, I talk about the use of the Shuko as taught by the Togakure ryu. I also teach and demonstrate a few techniques that are taught within the Togakure-ryu as well. Techniques such as climbing with the shuko, how to hold the sword with the shuko (te-no-uchi), Defensive counters with the Shuko (Ichi-no-Kamae) as well as capturing and controlling techniques with this Shuko (Itto Dori).
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Saturday, August 29, 2020

What Inspired You To Start Your Journey In The Martial Arts? | Soke Anshu Christa Jacobson




In this video, I ask the question, what inspired you to start your martial arts training?  This is a topic that is very different and personal for all of us.  Some of us were inspired by people, while others were inspired by books, comic books, cartoons and videos games.
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Anyone who knows me, knows that Teela from the MOTU (Masters of the Universe), was my original Martial Arts inspiration. As a young transgender child, this was a very powerful cartoon for me on many levels.
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Regardless of our inspiration, what is important is finding something that will inspire us to be the best us that we can be. For me, it was the Master of the Universe cartoon and all of the small lessons that were hidden within. What was it for you?
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BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!
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Friday, August 28, 2020

Old Story: The Fish & The Fisherman (Do Not Chase Desire) Ninjutsu Martial Arts Philosophy Lesson




In this video, I teach an old zen philosophy lesson called: “The Fish and The Fisherman”. This is a lesson that has been passed down for many years to teach us to not focus on desire.
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In the Budo Ryu Kai we study 7 warrior traditions. 1of the 7 warrior traditions of the Budo Ryu Kai is Gyokko-ryu Kosshijutsu. In studying Gyokko-ryu, we learn the 9 rules of Gyokko-ryu. 1 of the 9 rules of Gyokko-ryu is: “Vices dissipate your proficiency”. Today’s philosophy is a good artistic lesson to help understand this particular thought from Gyokko-ryu.
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However, as a ninjutsu practitioner you should learn how to use desire to help you complete the mission or objectives. At the end of the video I briefly mention my time “working” in “adult entertainment” and now (in the present day) my students know what I was really doing, who I was working for, and why. I will not get into detail here, however I will say, when I convinced my most hated opposition online to "believe" the “new identity” of me in adult entertainment, it gave me an opportunity to do this job. They (online haters) started posted these “facts” online of me as a escort, etc... This helped me create a new persona and allowed me to get into places to do things that I would not have been able to do. This aspect of creating a new persona, making it believable and getting into places you should not be is a very intricate aspect towards ninjutsu and is something that I will discuss in depth in one of my upcoming books.
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