Bujinkan Ninpo Fundamentals. An Introduction.

photocredit/thanks:pinterest Sensing future changes... the recent BUJINKAN NINPO SOKE consolidated their Teachings. Becoming Heirs to not one,.. but 9 Martial Ways or Traditions impelled such an option. As peace reigns... Martialness... wanes. Student numbers and quality changes, Modern Laws,.. Societal changes too ALL require adaptation. So too any LIVING ART... Martial or otherwise. Shiro herein looks at several of the chosen concepts in a small series of posts.

Sensing future changes… the recent BUJINKAN NINPO SOKE consolidated their Teachings. Becoming Heirs to not one,.. but 9 Martial Ways or Traditions impelled such an option. As peace reigns… Martialness… wanes. Student numbers and quality changes, Modern Laws,.. Societal changes too ALL require adaptation. So too any LIVING ART… Martial or otherwise.
Shiro herein looks at several of the chosen concepts in a small series of posts. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

...TOOLS OF THE TRADE... photocredit/thanks:booksdirect

…TOOLS OF THE TRADE… photocredit/thanks:booksdirect

 

GREETINGS FROM SHIROs AND SILVER MOONs.

GREETINGS FROM SHIROs AND SILVER MOONs.

 

To begin: I am not a current Instructor;..

(… though graded/licensed to be…1996-Asst. Instr. Shidoshi-ho… currently Shidoshi…):

…I am a long-time Student of the Martial Arts (…incl. NINPO…1984-), a Researcher and Writer.

 

Any and All Concepts discussed herein are from that Viewpoint.

My simple understanding and so forth.

 

These Concepts (… AND how they relate to YOU…) are best explained by YOUR Sensei… or Soke preferably. These are the ones who can JUDGE the presentation and advice etc based on your current needs. The overview herein is taken from my Journals, experience and current mood AND is presented as such.

Just an Overview.

NINPO IKKAN SHINOBI... photocredit/thanks:twitter

NINPO IKKAN SHINOBI… photocredit/thanks:twitter

 

Am aware that there are several Versions/Editions of these Concepts and will endeavor to cover the Majority.

 

Herein an Introduction to the Terms and Concepts.

EACH will then (…soonish…) be further examined in a separate dedicated post.

 

 

Shiro’s take on the;..

BUJINKAN NINPO

FUNDAMENTALS.

 

AN INTRODUCTION.

… to the MIND… of Shiro… on the Concepts of NINPO.

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NINPO KAMAE… FORMS THRU MOVEMENT… photocredit/thanks:pinterest

A LIL… BACK-CHAT…

 

Within the ARTS OF WAR and the combat oriented MARTIAL WAYS and TRADITIONS of Japan; there are Concepts, Philosophies and Discourses, Scrolls, Denshō and so on. These in many ways… give meaning to and help to define that ART and/or Way.

An Idea or Concept, a Guide,.. oft too… an overview.

Usually Two kinds,.. sometimes three. Physical-Mental-Divine.

 

These in turn,.. each represent an APPROACH or METHOD of doing… to apply to situations of interest.

 

These also tend to be carried through and beyond a singular generation of practitioners and indeed are oft generated by important figures of that particular Tradition and bestowed akin to a LEGACY,.. in that, they were obviously considered somewhat integral and necessary in formulation of understanding of said Tradition… at that time and place and then on.

 

 

These i term… THE FUNDAMENTALs.

3 Levels.

E.g.

…PHYSICAL = KATA, THE BASICS.

…MENTAL = PHILOSOPHY.

…DIVINE = APPLICATION OF.

ANOTHER... DIVINE application... JUST CLICK...TO... Whisper Love High, cycles still, under my breath as I dream... So Shiro begins, to tell the Legend of a Dream. A Dream that led him inside Mind and then threw him... out... into Ninpo Training. A whispered memory of commitment, honor and respect to the Shinobi Tradition... GIRI. A Dream that continues to live within... for Shiro still sayeth... i dream of ninja... do you have a dream.?. DO YOU.?.

ANOTHER… DIVINE application… JUST CLICK…TO… Whisper Love High, cycles still, under my breath as I dream… So Shiro begins, to tell the Legend of a Dream. A Dream that led him inside Mind and then threw him… out… into Ninpo Training. A whispered memory of commitment, honor and respect to the Shinobi Tradition… GIRI. A Dream that continues to live within… for Shiro still sayeth… i dream of ninja… do you have a dream.?. DO YOU.?.

 

 

(…OK… BUT…NOW…REAL IZE:

As One spends more Time and Experience gaining… …MARTIAL-NESS… the MEANING itself of these Concepts + co.,.. Changes and Adapts too… oft involving a Deeper or Revelatory type understanding of Inner meaning and Intent/Purpose.

 

…Shiro’s TRAINING TIP HEREIN THEN: REVISIT THESE… OFT.

 

E.g. WHEN YOU ARE STUCK… on any level…

…time to revisit… the Fundamentals, the BASICS…)

 

Perhaps summed well by a LEGENDARY Practitioner:

… In the beginning, as one knows nothing, one does not doubt anything. After having entered the study of combat, various things occupy the spirit; one is obstructed by it and all becomes difficult. Then, as soon as one does not wonder anymore about what one learns, the idea of rules does not have any more impact.

Thus, one does not stick to them anymore to exert the techniques in the various ways.

They emanate from oneself and are then naturally in true harmony with the rules. It is necessary to follow the way of combat, but one must understand this well. To involve oneself by learning the beginning weapon techniques, and all the rules, postures of the body, manners of perceiving, is to deploy the intellect.

When one has gained control, these many rules disappear from the intellectual consciousness. Without conscious reflection, one finally reaches the heart of things. After having assimilated many rules, the merits of this approach accumulate. They reside within the legs, the arms, and the body.

They no longer linger in the spirit. One moves away from the rules, but one conforms to them.

In all circumstances, the techniques become spontaneous. Alone, thought does not stick to anything at this point and, thus, not even demons can disturb one’s being. It is to reach this stage that one practices. When the rules have been assimilated, they disappear…“.

柳生 宗矩

 

YAGYŪ MUNENORI
Japan, 1571–1646.

 

On with the Intel Shiro…

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FINDING… FUNDAMENTALs:

 

Combat oriented ARTS such as NINPO use representations of how to best survive.

From our viewpoint herein these refer to our SCROLLS, DENSHŌ and KATA (click).

These each delineate… APPROACHES, METHODS and WAYS which remind the Student of the HOPEFULLY, best workable ideas to safeguard Oneself from… non-Survival.

These may involve Movements, Weapons or Mind-sets. Intended to minimise harm and very likely generate strategic advantages for the user. Usually based on MIND, physiology, body movements and physics, leverage and body positions and so forth.

 

A Foundational System or Base perhaps the best definition.

 

BUJINKAN NINPO’s… BASEs…

 

  • TENCHIJIN RYAKU no MAKI.

 

  • KIHON HAPPO.

 

  • KIHON HAPPO CHUUTO HANPA.

 

  • SAN SHIN no KATA.

 

  • TAIJUTSU.

 

  • TAIHENJUTSU.

 

  • PHILOSOPHY.
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  • 天地人略の巻
  • TENCHIJIN RYAKU no MAKI.
  • The Scrolls of Heaven, Earth and Man.
  • Shiro’s Library BUJINKAN HOMBU Version… 1990-… presented at a grading session.

 

  • 基本八法型
  • KIHON HAPPO.
  • The Eight Basic Ways.
  • Basic Kamae, Strikes, Grapples.
  • Opponent assisted KATA/GATA.
  • (click).
  • Variation: Chuuto Hanpa, Weaponry.

 

  • KIHON HAPPO CHUUTO HANPA.
  • The Eight Basic Ways… Incompletely Completed.
  • Opponent assisted KATA/GATA.
  • Variation: Henka, Weaponry.

 

  • 三心の型
  • SAN SHIN no KATA.
  • The Basic Movements KATA/GATA.
  • (click).
  • Initially/Predominantly Solo.
  • Variation: Opponent/Weaponry.

 

  • 体術
  • TAIJUTSU.
  • Predominantly Unarmed Combat Techniques.
  • (click).
  • Variation: Taihenjutsu, Weaponry.

 

  • 体変術
  • TAIHENJUTSU.
  • Predominantly Unarmed Ukemi, vs Sword/Weaponry.
  • (click).
  • Variation: Henka, Weaponry.

 

  • PHILOSOPHY.
  • (click)
  • MIND.
  • As is.

 

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Coming next in this Series… soonish;..(click)

  • TENCHIJIN RYAKU no MAKI.

 

CHAINS of STEEL and ROPE and FIBRE... Are oft UNIQUE ADD-ONS to the varied WEAPON FORMS. Join Shiro in a SLIDE-SHOW SEARCH... or two.!. of the Site Chainery Finery. LEGENDS and BLACK-SMITHS INTEL... too. Types from olden to modern... JAPANESE Style indeed. Many utilised by SHINOBI at different times and places... walls for example. CHAINED to the... A visual dedication and some scratchings. Shiro style.

CHAINS of STEEL and ROPE and FIBRE… Are oft UNIQUE ADD-ONS to the varied WEAPON FORMS. Join Shiro in a SLIDE-SHOW SEARCH… or two.!. of the Site Chainery Finery. LEGENDS and BLACK-SMITHS INTEL… too. Types from olden to modern… JAPANESE Style indeed. Many utilised by SHINOBI at different times and places… walls for example. CHAINED to the… A visual dedication and some scratchings. Shiro style.

 

JOIN Shiro IN A SEEK AND SEARCH AT THE SMITHSONIAN... some GIANT... revelations... HIDDEN SINCE YORE. THE LEGENDS. THE INTEL. HEREIN. Shiro style indeed... in deed and in fact... too.

JOIN Shiro IN A SEEK AND SEARCH AT THE SMITHSONIAN… some GIANT… revelations… HIDDEN SINCE YORE. THE LEGENDS. THE INTEL. HEREIN. Shiro style indeed… in deed and in fact… too.

 

LUCKY I HAD NO... HEADBAND... Legends from the Japanese Martial Ways with Wood. The STICK was one of our earliest WEAPONS. A rock was the other. So the LEGENDS say. This is the 2nd part in the series concentrating on this rather plain and basic Weapon form that so easily and confidently... even... woodenly indeed- can help our Self-defence. A few fun facts and a Legend retold. MUSASHI MIYAMOTO finds his SWORD of lil' use against an enigmatic WOODEN WARRIOR indeed. His lesson is hard fought and earnt... yet ALL... including a mother-in-law... lived to retell their STICKy Tales. Bonus Slide-show. MUSASHI MIYAMOTO v MUSO GONNOSUKE KATSUYOSHI...SWORD v STICK. gifcredit/thanks: pinterest

LUCKY I HAD NO… HEADBAND… Legends from the Japanese Martial Ways with Wood. The STICK was one of our earliest WEAPONS. A rock was the other. So the LEGENDS say. This is the 2nd part in the series concentrating on this rather plain and basic Weapon form that so easily and confidently… even… woodenly indeed- can help our Self-defence. A few fun facts and a Legend retold. MUSASHI MIYAMOTO finds his SWORD of lil’ use against an enigmatic WOODEN WARRIOR indeed. His lesson is hard fought and earnt… yet ALL… including a mother-in-law… lived to retell their STICKy Tales. Bonus Slide-show. MUSASHI MIYAMOTO v MUSO GONNOSUKE KATSUYOSHI…SWORD v STICK. gifcredit/thanks: pinterest

 

...O KUNOICHI OF THE RED FUR... STUCK TO CHEEKS.?. DO THE CHANGES OF NATURE LEAVE YOU WITH DIS-EASE.?. SEEK AND SEARCH WITH Shiro... in his CUPBOARD OF CONDIMENTS... THEREIN...

…O KUNOICHI OF THE RED FUR… STUCK TO CHEEKS.?. DO THE CHANGES OF NATURE LEAVE YOU WITH DIS-EASE.?. SEEK AND SEARCH WITH Shiro… in his CUPBOARD OF CONDIMENTS… THEREIN…

 

TILL NEXT…

Shiro... THE RESEARCH CONTINUES.

Shiro… THE RESEARCH CONTINUES.

 

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