Ninjutsu has become somewhat synonymous with unusual weaponry. This is derived in essence, from NINPO.

Whereby nothing, something, anything and everything is a weapon…or can be…or not.

Unusual or unique weaponry truly has a long history and connection with Mankind.

ALL over the World.



9 Unique and Classic Weapons of Ancient Japan.

Wherever we fight…they may be…

in some form.




1. The SHURIKEN…: The linkueininja collection. Showing several variety of star or projectile type. Can also be bladed. The iconic ‘ throwing star ‘; SHURIKEN’s literal meaning is ‘ palm blade ‘. In olden times too, the SHURIKEN was often referred to as a ‘ hibuki/kakushibuki ‘ or ‘ secret/concealed ‘ type Weapon. Oft. carried in loosely tied packs/bundles within one’s clothes. A distracting/hindering weapon in concept though other uses such as aiding punching/striking/blocking are noted. The art of use soon became a Tradition, usually being referred to as SHURIKEN JUTSU. They appear first chronicled around 1080 ish, being referred to as ‘ shuriken ni utsu ‘ in the HIYORI no KI which describes events of the Later Three Years War ‘ Gosannen no Eki ‘. An olden RYU still continuing the Tradition is that of the MEIFU SHINKAGE RYU. Many of the techniques inherent mainly involve both Sword and SHURIKEN, in combination or consecutive movements/actions. Btw…BOTH of these weapons…Can be used/thrown to surprising effect…or to effect surprise indeed.






GOTCHA…the SASUMATA ( and variations ) can indeed be non-lethal weaponry whilst still possessing high offensive/defensive potential. A stereo-typical olden police/guard ‘ restraining/capturing weapon ‘. With it’s long reach and the shaped catch area being made of metal, extremely useful too against even armored opponents. High-defensive structure and capabilities and intent. The STAFF/handle could be metal or wood, possibly with further attachments. As with others in this review; there are historically many with subtle yet very effective add-ons/variations. Tips, barbs, chain/rope attached, hook devices and more. This type of common-sense approach to a weapons development meant that most opponents could be confidently approached then somewhat easily levered or pressured against, as well as the opponent’s weapon if so req. With unique versatility, the  SASUMATA, with a long history too, probably not as bloody as some. But still a classic.

sasumata trio types



The 9 weapons herein are not necessarily confined to the NINJA and KUNOICHI Traditions. Many other Martial Traditions from Japan and around the World utilise similar weaponry…for similar reasons.

Useful and oft. readily available and many with non-lethal potential. With both offensive and defensive applications inherent. Some relatively simpler to learn too.

Ideal for self-defence.


 3. The JUTTE.




 The JUTTEanother unique weapon classic with high non-lethal potential as well as high offensive/defensive capabilities. Similar in concept/theme to the previous SASUMATA though directed primarily at bladed weapon defense rather than personnel; in particular, the SAMURAI’s KATANA sword. Aka the SWORD CATCHER. Technically, a rather sophisticated weapons combat form developed involving skillful parries of the opponent’s blade combining with effective percussive and thrusting strikes/blocks. If the blade was caught and trapped, simple leverage/pressure/twists etc would remove the opponent’s hands from their weapon. The hilt could also butt-hit with force just as with the main rod; the weapon sometimes thrown if req. Wordplay with it’s name has also revealed one of it’s inner secrets…for the word ju(t)te literally means ‘ has the strength of ten hands ‘.



JAP. JUTTE shiro's 1990

SHIRO’s JAP. JUTTE 1990.                                 The JUTTE was another also mainly used historically by police/guards as a ‘ disarming/restraining ‘ tool. Usually non-sharpened, ( though rare, bladed examples are known of ), a solid metal rod with a catch tine/fork; more than adequate against armor too. Can be easily enhanced by addition of rope/chain attachments on handle end or inside a special hollowed handle cavity section. Some had a hilt-guard and were oft. carried in a scabbard too. Usage of the JUTTE became so prevalent ( +effective vs sword ) that at times in history it became the ‘ symbol ‘ for the civil police forces. Renegade/criminal Samurai…beware… JUTTE will catch you out…



4. The KUSARIGAMA…the chain and sickle blade combo well known to martial art movie-goers. Another unique weapon classic with high potential offensive/defensive capabilities. Many women of the EDO period for example recognised this and became proficient in its use. It’s relatively light-weight construction and flowing CHAIN movement possibly enhanced/understood by female innate rhythm kept training levels high. The infamous MIYAMOTO MUSASHI NITO KEN ( double/twin SWORD techniques ) were even adapted by such as NITO SHINKAGE RYU to accomodate twin sickle usage. Needless to say the training was long and arduous.( Refer to intel #3+4 for DIY KUSARIGAMA + other   training weapon manufacture ideas ). A uniquely effective weaponry combo. Though…during training you may well find yourself wrapped in chainSHIRO did.


SHIRO’s DIY KUSARIGAMA: NOTE the CHAIN CAN BE NEAR BLADE OR END HANDLE…also note… Whilst SHIRO has favourite weapons…he does not favor weapons…even such as this awesome weapon has limitations as with ANY/EVERY other. For example; the great Sword Master MUSASHI, when experiencing difficulty getting his weapon into range due to his KusariGama wielding opponents chain’s ability to create space- eventually…though a lil desperately too…threw his sword through the air-space quite some distance to effect a victory. Great throw…bad catch. To reiterate/stress this point of learning to use AND KNOW any/all weapons whenever you train…also consider the Life of Weapons Master YAMADA SHINRYUKAN who lost it when his opponent Master Swordsman ARAKI MATAEMON overcame SHINRYUKAN’s KusariGama techniques and capabilities of creating space…by removing such space-by confining and trapping him in a Bamboo Grove where his Sword had enough room to move… whilst the Kusarigama met and chopped only fresh wood Bamboo entangled at every turn of the Chain… The next hungry wandering Bamboo Rat got his meal…sliced and diced. Just like SHINRYUKAN. Noted.


 5. The KAKUTE.

5. The KAKUTEThe finger sized knuckleduster ring. A very large range of types and varieties in this category show use historically. Many semi-concealable, if not fully… esp. at night/dim light. High offensive/defensive potential, combined, very likely, with the element of surprise, shock and subsequent onset of intense pain and loss of confidence for the opponent as a probable result. The opponent may indeed ‘ not know what hit them ‘ and has also been struck bewilderingly forceful. Some, if not many are also semi multi-purpose. The hand-claws ( SHUKO ) for example are oft. alternatively used as gripping/climbing aids, just as well as in combat. The LEGENDARY COMIC HERO WOLVERINE grows his own unique and stylish long version of this type from the inside out… The KAKUTE and etc are also another unique weapon classic that has a low learning curve; requiring little training time to ‘ grasp ‘ the fundamentals whilst instantly adding much ‘ oomph ‘ to your blocks/strikes/grabs/slaps etc. Semi-useful too against armor and blades, easily hidden…yet …readily at hand…or is that  ‘ under-handed ‘…




Some unique and versatile modern day Weapon training variations/alternatives such as

key ring items, backpack, cup of hot tea, the broom or iron and cord, your mothers rolling pin, a helmet, pepper shaker +contents, your dog, bicycle lock and chain, hairspray, ashtray +contents, coat-hanger, the coat etc etc are prime examples of  daily items easily doubling as self-defence weaponry if so required.

ALL can be used offensively or defensively.



ALL will distract giving time and distance, 

ALL will trap/hook/strike/hinder etc,

ALL will block…all of course to varying degrees and manners depending on the nature of incident and their application. By using your imagination within training and trying different items and combos…you may well end up inventing a Unique Weapon variation of your own…

maybe even a Classic.




6. The KAGINAWAA uniquely simple weapon combo+multi-purpose tool. A hook and rope. Simple. Akin to the usage of the LASSO rope it’s historical uses are very many…by very many (people). An all round effective restraining/binding/trapping/tying weapon type. Doubles as a climbing aid and for snaring wild game…or wild men. Offensive/defensive indeed can the KAGINAWA be. The rope was cut to a length that enabled at least 1 man to be very well tied up. The hook, if reqd. would aid capture…then ‘ clip ‘ the tied rope all tight/firm. Variations of hooks to suit intended use would apply… just like…fishing perhaps. During the reign of the TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE for example, many in Law-enforcement were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in such weapon training. Just Learning the ropes…by the sound of it...

The KAGINAWA will leave the crim all tied up. Are you hooked yet ?…                                                                                        ROPE TYING became a specialty, an art and a Tradition and the involved RYU would endeavor to create workable, both quick and slow, effective rope tying techniques and methods capable of binding the captured; possibly for days on end during transport to places of judgement. Such methods displayed an intimate and thorough anatomical understanding. As generally noted in the literature on the subject; these skills were perfected whilst ALSO having to maintain a certain aesthetic look. This was  dependent and corresponding ONLY to such as the known TOTAL ‘ status ‘  ( incl.such as social / sex / profession / convictions etc ) of the captured party. Basically, this means indeed,..= your own ‘ unique  character ‘ defined the way and manner of your own classic ropey restraints…and number of knots. Tying it all together using only a rope and hook. Oft. termed HOJOJUTSU or NAWAJUTSU etc. Ropes btw were made from HEMP.




7. The KYOKETSU SHOGE...A stylish Ninja variation of the previous classic Kaginawa with farming tool/blade add-ons to boot. Consisting of hook-dagger, rope+ring this weapon’s name has one of the more endearing meanings. A literal translation of ‘run around fields and mountains‘. ( Apart from being a ninja pastime…its relative meaning is unknown to Shiro at the moment ). The hook-dagger blade tends to be double-edged, attached to some 4 to 6mtrs of rope, chain or…hair, with a ring-weight on the other end. YES…HAIR…human or horse the mentioned preferred sources apparently. Indeed, another unique weapon with high offensive/defensive potential and capabilities. As with others herein, the usual multi-purpose weapon/tool label rightly applies. KYO. SHOGE  techniques include Blade slash/thrust/hook actions into armor/personnel, usual rope/chain and (not-so-usual) HAIR abilities of creating space and distance from opponent( or incl. as a climbing aid etc ) and a multi-purpose ring too. Such as a weighted end wrap-around item ( like Spanish BOLOS ), or as a foot-step during climbing , a knuckle-duster device during combat and as a weapon encircling/catching aid too.                …So, are you thinking of owning a unique HAIR powered SHOGE..? …well,…i hope RAPUNZEL has a Japanese cousin whose father is a Blacksmith?…Me too.



Do not be led into thinking that the CORD/ROPE/CHAIN/HAIR section of some of the ANCIENT WEAPONS herein is just a simple item or after-thought. Great care and technical production was put into their manufacture according to the need. The making of CHAIN for example became a sub-speciality within the Blacksmith’s Trade. This was due to the intensive labour and time req. to forge high quality chain-links. The end-product had to withstand strong forces indeed. Defending against such as the KATANA Sword, YARI Spear or even larger NAGINATA Halberd is wrought with danger. A special smithing forge process of ‘ wakashitsuke ‘…=of ‘ first seperate+then join ‘ became necessary. Each and every chain-link was to be forged individually and then hammered PERFECTLY together. Special MUD was applied to the link joins during such processes…ANY weak link…would be fatal. The Metal used was usually an IRON composite which, if worked and forged correctly; formed CHAIN RINGS of ultra high strength. Able to take on the HEAVY WEAPONRY. The weakest link…would now be hard to find indeed. Another classic.





As a matter of interest; shiro noted that impressions/opinions of MANY of the sources used: indicated that many such unique and unusual classic Weapons as like those reviewed herein were; very possibly DIRECTLY a result of the ruling Samurais attempt to monopolize the KATANA sword for their legal use only.

By simply banning the public from using such a favored weapon, whilst retaining the rights ONLY for Samurai led to somewhat dramatic increases in unique and unusual weapons with high offensive/defensive capabilities being made…and used.


The LAW was not balanced for ALL.

A classic problem.

Thus- to compensate the obvious gap and bias;

the Common People need self-defence too.


Such as the 9 Unique and Classic Weapons of  Ancient Japan herein.

Simple…and balanced.


 8. The TOKKO.

8. THE TOKKO...LAYOUT PLAN…UNSURPRISED… A unique Weapon with a surprising Religious twist. A somewhat specialised item. During troubled times a Priest may find much to fill time and travel, yet travel itself can become troubling. Many such took regular and necessary advantage of the many WALKING STICKS/STAFFS which at this time in History were an essential travel aid item. However…the usage of such indoors where space was limited and the Weapons reach advantages etc negated – a more personal defence system was req. In self-defence of the Religious…how far would you go ? The Priests of Buddhism and Tantrism were oft., like the renowned SHAOLIN MONKS in China,  subject to particular persecution- Considering the Profession, a Symbol from Heaven was perhaps needed ? Introducing the surprising  TOKKO, an iconic Weapon, an icon that became a Weapon. Classic…and Unique indeed…not surprised ?…yet…

The TOKKO, according to the LEGENDS was styled on the indestructible HEAVENLY THUNDERBOLT representation. A symbolic and ritual item. Usually hand-held though mounted types known as well. Could be mounted on a variety of weapons, both LIVE or CEREMONIAL though the STAFF type appears most prevalent in this mounted group. The concept historically has links to the Ancient Worlds of INANNA’s INDIA and other Asian regions. Deriving from such as the Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism Traditions. The founder of Shingon Buddhism for example, KOBO DAISHI KUKAI ( 774-835 ) is oft. depicted pictorially and documented with such items. Akin in theme to the KAKUTE mentioned earlier and with many of the same advantages and applications; though not so easily hidden and concealed. An added bonus here is that the TOKKO could however, practically go ‘ anywhere and everywhere ‘ the Priest went, whilst WEAPONS per se Legally…could not; due to weapon bearing restrictions and/or security reasons. Go  anywhere TOKKO indeed. Surprised ?…let’s OPEN up shall we…

THE TOKKO SURPRISE Another unique Weapon with high offensive/defensive potential and the surprise shock value too. The prong ends were ideal for self-defence application allowing penetrating stabs and thrusts to have good effect whilst defences/blocks would be greatly enhanced. The prong number could be varied too. Percussive effects obvious. A couple of variations in design of size, shapes and symbol style noted. Some were single -pointed basic stab type, others shaped and curved for use as per knuckle-dusters etc. Metal used was BRONZE or IRON. Primarily manufactured using the period CAST FORGING Smith techniques which in turn seem inherited from both Siberian and Chinese metallurgical sources. Having high inherent strength, there is mention too of its use to block and deflect, even shatter blades of the enemy strikes. That’s a classic surprise…Go TOKKO indeed.



9. The SHIKOMI ZUEA Walking-stick ?…LOOks can indeed deceive…or deceive indeed can LOOks…A HOLLOWED STICK, CANE OR STAFF. A hollow w/stick with concealed add-ons ( or should that be add-ins…). Another unique Weapon within the surprise theme. High potential. Staying with the theme of public safety and self-defence and as mentioned earlier the w/stick was a travel necessity in the days of old. Nobody went out without one…or two. Constant and persistent travel on unsealed roads, paths and trails oft. thru somewhat mountainous country was physically challenging…just like Bandits tended to be. A w/stick should suit both of these occasions just fine. Culture and movie MARTIAL LEGEND ZATOICHI, the Blind Weapons Master is an ideal classic representation of the perennial wandering HERO  and is one who carries the SHIKOMI ZUE STICK…that is a WEAPON-in-disguise.


A SHIKOMI ZUE VARIETY PACK COLLECTION…The ‘Stick‘; when grabbed and pulled would reveal it’s concealed SCABBARD Nature. Ideally, this split/pull would leave the ‘ Handle ‘+Weapon in YOUR hands…the now empty stick scabbard in your opponents…hopefully some surprise, wariness and fear creeping in their Hearts too. Ideal for NINJA and KUNOICHI. Many RYU techniques devised specific solutions and feints to encourage the grabs…and further offensive/defensive actions to follow up. Just remember to hold the SHIKOMI ZUE the correct way…blind or not.

shikomi zue in+unzipped...

A very olden concept; variations abound here historically with the SHIKOMI ZUE… As does potential, capabilities and applications. Changes to such as special features, size, shape, blade or weapon inclusion type and number of hollow sections noted. Blade/Weapon items include a variety/selection of spear-heads, short(er) swords, daggers, spikes, rods, chain lengths and even a JUTTE ( reviewed earlier ) could all be concealed in a hollow w/stick. BLOW-PIPES naturally suit. Lots of choices. Other hollow sections could hold any number of things; a fire-starter kit, blinding powder, powdered herbs and foodstuff…basically whatever the SHIKOMI ZUE’s owner desired/preferred…or could fit. Mention is made too of quite a few rare examples of particular designs that resemble other social and cultural items of everyday use…besides the STICK that is…that could also be used to accommodate/conceal a Weapon. Examples include a long barrelled FLUTE concealing a long blow-pipe or thin short sword/dagger…and still play… hopefully. Short versions of these available of course as well. Another noted was a metallic SMOKING PIPE, almost club-length, which had a Hilt-Guard and oversized metal tobacco bowl the size of a basic hammers head…and surely hurt as much too. Many such unique SHIKOMI ZUE’s special w/sticks were likely made-to-order per se…whether you be blind, flute play, tobacco smoke…or not. Classic indeed.



















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10 = ju

9 = ku

8 = hachi

7 = nana/shichi

6 = roku

5 = go

4 = shi/yon

3 = san

2 = ni

1 = ichi

0 = rei


  • KOTO RYU  



  • ABARA = the ribs/midsection.
  • AGARU = to go up/upward/rise/above.
  • AGARU GYAKUTO = rising reversal tech.
  • AGARU TSUKI = rising thrust tech.
  • AGE UKE = upwards receiving tech.
  • AI = organise/focus/concentrate concept.
  • AIKI = the silent internal spirit/inner energy.
  • AIKI JUTSU = combat grappling/striking methods/styles.
  • AIKUCHI = a type of small knife/dagger.
  • AINU = ancient native japanese tribe.
  • AITE = an opponent/enemy/attacker.
  • AIUCHI = a type of jujutsu method/style.
  • AKAI = the color red.
  • AKI = the autumn season.
  • AMATERASU = an ancient japanese legendary sun goddess.
  • AMEGAKURE JUTSU = hiding and moving in rain methods.
  • ANAGUMOGAKURE JUTSU = ground disappearance methods.
  • ANKOKUTOSHI JUTSU = sensory deprivation/develop awareness methods.
  • ANTEI = to be stable/balanced methods/tech.
  • ARAREBO = a truncheon like weapon.
  • ARIBO = a type of iron cane.
  • ARUKI SOTO NI = the walk out recovery tech.
  • ASHI = the leg/foot.
  • ASHIGARU = the foot soldiers/general troops.
  • ASHIKO = set of foot claws/bands-climbing aids/weapon.
  • ASHIKUBI = the ankle.
  • ASHIKUBI HARAI = the ankle sweep tech.
  • ASHIKUBI SOTO NI = an ankle recovery tech.
  • ASHINOYUBI = the toe.
  • ASHI SABAKI = the foot work tech.
  • ATAMA = the head.
  • ATE = addressed to.
  • ATEMI = strike or blows to body.
  • ATEMI JUTSU = press.point/variation strike combo methods.
  • ATEMI WAZA = pressure point tech./methods.
  • ATO UCHI = to be out after positional tech./methods.
  • AWASE = together positional tech./methods.


  • BAGUA = chinese concept of fundamental reality.
  • BAJUTSU = the horsemanship warrior methods.
  • BAKUFU = a camp/tent hq oft. outdoors per se.
  • BAKUHATSU JUTSU = the usage/knowledge explosives, incendiarys & co. methods.
  • BANKOKUCHOKI = an iron/metal ring with many martial uses.
  • BANTESHIRA = local watch posts on main roads/intersections around a castle.
  • BASHIN = a type of small knife/dagger.
  • BATTO JUTSU = the older sword drawing/cutting methods.
  • BENKEI = an ancient japanese legendary giant warrior.
  • BISENTO = a wide bladed halberd/pole weapon.
  • BO = an ancient weapon, the stick.
  • BOGU = weather phenomenon.
  • BO JUTSU = the stick fighting methods/many styles.
  • BO KARAZAO = a staff/pot flail weapon.
  • BOKKEN = a wooden (mostly training) sword.
  • BOKUSEN = a small wooden stick weapon.
  • BOKUTO = a wooden sword.
  • BOSEKI = a tombstone.
  • BO SHURIKEN = a shuriken type.
  • BOZUJITTE = a type of jutte/sword catcher.
  • BU = martial idea/concept/doctrine.
  • BUDO = all martial ways/methods/styles/traditions.
  • BUDOKA = a martial artist/student/ practitioner .
  • BUFU = an ancient japanese legendary ninja god of war/martial arts.
  • BUGEI = one’s total martial skills/experience.
  • BUGEISHA = a sensei/teacher/instructor/master of the martial arts.
  • BUGO = a martial/ryu name/nickname.
  • BUGYO = admin./assembly of superintendents title.
  • BUJIN = a military/martial man/divine warrior combo.
  • BUJINKAN = the divine warrior dojo/hall/academy of ninpo.
  • BUJUTSU = the warrior arts/methods/way.
  • BUKE = a samurai/warrior nickname.
  • BUKI = a weapon.
  • BUKI SHIHAI = the training & mastery of weapons.
  • BUKYO = the samurai warrior’s creed/doctrine.
  • BUNBUNBAI = a short stick/weighted chain combo weapon.
  • BUSHI = a samurai/warrior nickname.
  • BUSHIDO = a code of honor/conduct, the way of the samurai warrior.
  • BUSO = to be armed, carrying weapons.
  • BUYOKISERU = a truncheon like tobacco pipe weapon/tool.
  • BUYU = a martial co-student/fellow pract./friend.


  • CHA = tea, the herb/many varieties.
  • CHADO = the art/way of the tea ceremony.
  • CHAKUZEN NO JUTSU = the rooftop entrance infiltration methods.
  • CHAMBARA = the forms of theatrical/play combat/sword methods.
  • CHANOYU = the tea ceremony/process.
  • CHASHITSUTO = a short bokuto/sword like weapon.
  • CHI = the earth form/energy/theme/concept.
  • CHICHIGIRIBO = a chest cutter staff weapon.
  • CHIDORIGANE = a truncheon/chain combo weapon.
  • CHIGIRIGI JUTSU = the chain and other implements methods.
  • CHIGIRIKI = a staff and chain weapon.
  • CHIGIRIKIBO = another name/variation for chichigiribo.
  • CHIKAIRI NO JUTSU = the close range deception tactics/methods.
  • CHIKARA = expansive outer force of muscular system.
  • CHIKARA KURABE = the use of combat strength/power methods.
  • CHIKU JO GUNRYAKU HEIHO = the concept of strategy and infiltration methods.
  • CHIKUTO = a bamboo sword weapon.
  • CHIKYO = the earth principle.
  • CHIMON JUTSU = the study of the earth methods.
  • CHI NO KATA = the combat forms of earth tech./methods.
  • CHITEN = concept of earth to heaven.
  • CHITEN GIRI = the earth to heaven movement/strike tech/methods.
  • CHOBO = a long staff weapon.
  • CHO GUSOKU = a form of unarmed combat tech./methods.
  • CHONIN = the merchant trades/guild/banks/company.
  • CHO SEN = a formal challenge/notice.
  • CHOTO JUTSU = the halberd/polearm fighting methods.
  • CHU = as per ju.
  • CHUDEN = concept of middle level training within ryu.
  • CHUGEN = the general troops support/cohort crews.
  • CHUGI = the concept of loyalty, support and dedication.
  • CHUI = to proceed/act with caution concept.
  • CHUNIN = a ninja sub-leader/clan member title.


  • DAIKAIMYSO = a series of ninpo seminars/gatherings.
  • DAIKYU = the long bow.
  • DAIMYO = a local/provincial lord title.
  • DAIMYO TOBIGUCHI = a fire ax/variant weapon.
  • DAISHO = concept of the two ritual swords/ also a honorary title.
  • DAITO = a long sword type/olden name for katana.
  • DAKEN = shuriken nickname/olden.
  • DAN = a grading in the organised martial ways.
  • DENSHO = a training scroll/writings, usually lineage.
  • DO = code/concept/doctrine of a/the: way of the warrior.
  • DOBUTSU JUTSU = the use of animal husbandry/diversive tech./methods.
  • DOCHUZASHI = another name for the wakizashi/short sword.
  • DOGI = alternate/olden name for mart.arts uniform.
  • DO IKKI = uprising/revolt/coup/riot concepts.
  • DO ITASHIMASHITE = to say: you are welcome.
  • DOJO = a warrior training hall/study area.
  • DOJO ARASHI = taking the dojo by storm per se.
  • DOKKO = a hit n thrust/variant weapon, also shuriken type.
  • DOKO NO KAMAE =  a tiger posture/form.
  • DOKUEN JUTSU = the use of poison smoke tech./methods.
  • DOKUTE = a poison hand tech./method.
  • DOKYU = the repeating crossbow weapon.
  • DOMO ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU = to say: thank you very much.
  • DONRYU = an ancient japanese legendary earth dragon.
  • DONRYU NO KAMAE = an earth dragon posture/form.
  • DOTON NO JUTSU = the use of the earth tech/methods.
  • DOZO = to say:a short thankyou.


  • EDO = ancient japanese name for capital city tokyo.
  • EMBUSEN = a particular dojo area.
  • ENBAN/ENBI GATA = a shuriken type.
  • ENSHO = the heel of the foot.
  • ENSHO GERI = a heel kick/strike tech.
  • ERI = a social guardian nickname.
  • ETA = an outcast social group.


  • FU = the wind energy/form/theme.
  • FUDO = to be of strong character; concept/ryu name.
  • FUDOKI = official japanese gazettes.
  • FUDO MYO O = the immoveable buddha/title.
  • FUDOSHIN = the immoveable mind concept/doctrine.
  • FUDOTAI = the immoveable body concept.
  • FUDO UCHI =  the immoveable strike tech.
  • FUDOZA NO KAMAE = the cross legged seated posture/form.
  • FUKIDAKE = a blowgun weapon.
  • FUKIDAKE JUTSU = the blowgun fighting tech./methods.
  • FUNAYOSEGAMA = a long handled gama/kama.
  • FUNDOGUSARI = a weighted chain weapon.
  • FUNDONAWA = a type of restraining weapon.
  • FURI = to flail/move about concept.
  • FURIJO = a medium length staff/chain combo.
  • FURI TSUKI = the circular/round punch/strike tech.
  • FURIZUE = a staff with concealed chain weapon.
  • FURUKOTOFUMI = alternate name for kojiki chronicles.
  • FUTARI JINBA = two man/horse team activity tech./methods.
  • FUTOYA = a special thickened arrow.
  • FUU = the sword steal/taking tech./methods. concept.
  • FUYU = the winter season.


  • GANDOMEKEN = a shuriken type.
  • GANKOSEN = a type of bokusen.
  • GAWAIN = a bowl for tea steeping/making.
  • GAKUSEI = a student of  any/the way.
  • GARAMI = the entangle/ensnare/enfold tech. concept.
  • GASHIRA = samurai small troop leader/officer.
  • GASSHO NO KAMAE =  a formal bow/posture/form.
  • GATAME = the press/pressure  tech. concept.
  • GEISHA = high level, versatile all rounder of a female entertainer/icon.
  • GEKIGAN = a ball and chain weapon.
  • GEKIKAN = alternate name shuriken.
  • GEKIKAN JUTSU = see above.
  • GEKITOTSUBUKI = hand held small hit/thrust weapon.
  • GEKKEN = the severe/direct sword tech./methods.
  • GEKOKUJO = concept of class distinction.
  • GEMPEI = a series of wars 1180-1185.
  • GEMPIN = a ch.court dignitary/martial artist 1620’s.
  • GENIN = a ninja operative/member title.
  • GENJI = alternate name for minamoto clan.
  • GEN JUTSU = the illusion/distraction tech./methods.
  • GENKOTSU = an anatomical body weakness/flaw.
  • GETA = the japanese wooden clogs/shoes.
  • GINBO = alternate name for jutte.
  • GION JUTSU = tech./methods of using false sounds.
  • GIRI = one’s innate duty/responsibility; also a cut/strike.
  • GISHIKI = the social cult group or concept.
  • GISO JUTSU = act/impersonation tech./methods.
  • GO = 5.
  • GOBO = a tanbo like weapon.
  • GODAI = the five primary elements (e.g.earth/water/fire/wind/void).
  • GOHO = a shuriken type.
  • GOJO = the five primary feelings of anger/cowardice/laziness/soft-heartedness/vanity.
  • GOJO = a type of cane.
  • GOKENIN = a samurai warrior leader/title.
  • GONIN GUMI = a system/concept/doctrine of collective responsibility.
  • GOSHINKI = collective name for all self defense weapons.
  • GOSHINYOBUE = a metal truncheon type.
  • GOSUN = a small knife type.
  • GOWAZA = strong/with power/hard fighting tech./methods.
  • GORIN KUJI MYO HIMITSU SHAKU = concepts/doctrine of ninja mysticism/philosophy.
  • GOYOKU = the five desires of greed/hunger/pleasure/sex/pride concepts.
  • GUNBAI = a war fan with solid leaf and construction.
  • GUNSEN = alternate name fan/tessen type.
  • GUSOKU SHI = armor making tech./methods/tradition/clan.
  • GYAKU = (to) reverse.
  • GYAKU NAGE = the reverse throw tech./methods.
  • GYAKU NIGIRI = the reverse grip tech./methods.
  • GYAKU TSUKI = the  reverse thrust tech./methods.


Within the BUJINKAN the GODAN/5th dan test includes the first practical (and necessary!) usage of the phenomenon oft. referred to as SAKKI or HARAGEI or suchlike.

SHIRO suggests the english words ; Survival Prescience– may suit here.

The presiding SOKE is usually the only permitted to conduct this test though most such ceremonial tests also have at least two ‘ judges ‘ (highly ranked instructors/masters) in attendance during the test proper.

Historically, many of these tests have been of an impromptu manner with a LIVE BLADED WEAPON.






The phenomenon appears an  ‘ energetic ‘ one;

this in the sense that it can be a force or feeling that induces auto-movement vis awareness and self-preservation in some manner. Akin to the feeling of ‘ being watched ‘ that one experiences, even in the bustling City.

One knows not…but SENSES…something awry

some energy directed at you…somehow…

you feel uncomfortable…a lil…UNSAFE…


so try to let your body just stay aware and ready…

and then you go…where it’s safe…when it’s time.





Several ref.books in SHIRO’s Library commented and discussed this FORCE...

a good explanation of the concept noted:


” It is not a matter of just ‘feeling ‘, but one of perceiving reality, real facts;

it is not a matter of a sudden and fleeting intuition,

but a kind of antenna which remains…

where haragei has been developed, there is not only receptivity but also an active force.

The adept…an ultra-sensitive receiver, but an equally powerful transmitter… ” 


via K.G.von Durckheim’s HARA:

CENTRE VITAL de I’HOMME-Paris, La Colombe 1964.




The sakki or sword test consists of  an approach and sword strike from behind whilst the student is seated on the floor. The length of time and such can vary according to the will of the SOKE.

The student must sit  ‘ patiently, eyes closed-facing away ‘…  till an actual strike attempt made. The sword strike must then be totally evaded without physically defending (click).

The student’s body moves out of harms way…and away.

Evade/roll away…run away. SURVIVED.

Job done.




  • HACHI = 8.
  • HACHIMAKI = japanese national head scarf.
  • HACHIWARA = the helmet breaker tech./methods.
  • HACHIWARI = a  metal truncheon type weapon.
  • HAI = to say: yes/yes, i understand.
  • HAISHU UCHI = the rev./back hand strike/tech.
  • HAKKAKUBO = a staff/stick with octagonal x sect.
  • HAKKO ICHIU = the doctrine/concept of universal harmony within the human family.
  • HAKUSHI =  a method/form of unarmed combat.
  • HAITO = the ridge edge of the palm/hand.
  • HAKAMA = the traditional jap.split pants.
  • HAMIDASHI = a small knife/dagger type.
  • HANANEJIRI = a short wood stick weapon.
  • HANBO = 3ft wooden stick/staff.
  • HANBOJUTTE = a sword catcher/staff combo.
  • HANKYU = the short bow.
  • HANSHI = a high level instructor/sensei.
  • HANTEN GIRI = the half turn strike/cut tech./methods.
  • HAPPO = omni directional (any/all directions).
  • HAPPO ASHI SABAKI = any/all directions foot/feet movements.
  • HAPPOGATA = an 8 sided/pointed shuriken type.
  • HAPPO GIRI = any/all directions cut tech./methods.
  • HAPPO SHAKEN = a throwing blade type.
  • HAPPO TSUKI = any/all directions strike tech./methods.
  • HARA = the stomach/navel area.
  • HARA = also: a central body point where life energy resides.
  • HARAGEI = an adept at or the process of, concentrating hara.
  • HARAI = a sweep tech/method movement.
  • HARA KIRI = death via hara release-the release of life energy…usually with a sharp small sword. two move/cuts;one across then up.
  • HARIGATA = a shuriken type.
  • HARINAWA = a restraining weapon type.
  • HARU = the spring season.
  • HASSHAKUBO = a long staff type.
  • HASSUNHISHIGI = a short wooden stick type.
  • HASSUNTETSU = a short iron stick type.
  • HATAMOTO = a warrior/soldier under direct shogun command and in a state of readiness.
  • HATTORI HANZO = legendary iga samurai/ninja during tokugawas reign.
  • HAYAGAKE JUTSU = running in all conditions and environ tech./methods.
  • HAYANAWA JUTSU = tech./methods of swiftly tying up an opponent.
  • HAYATEJO = a restraining weapon type.
  • HEBIGATA = a shuriken type.
  • HEIHO = a concept of overall strategy.
  • HEIKISHO = the armory, weapons, equip and more.
  • HEIMIN = the general populace of society.
  • HENGENKASHI JUTSU = disguises uses tech./methods.
  • HENSOGAKURE JUTSU = blending/disguises uses tech./methods.
  • HIBASHIGATA = a shuriken type.
  • HICHO NO KAMAE = a crane/bird posture/form.
  • HIDARI JOHO GIRI/TSUKI = angled cut/strike left upward.
  • HIDARI NANAME GIRI/TSUKI = angled cut/strike left downward.
  • HIDARI YOKO GIRI/TSUKI = angled cut/strike left sided.
  • HIDEN = upper level training concept. aka secret/vocal traditions.
  • HIENGATA  =  a shuriken type.
  • HIJIGIRIBO = a short wooden stick type.
  • HIJI UCHI = an elbow strike tech./methods.
  • HI JUTSU = secret tradition tech./methods.
  • HIKI = pulling action tech./methods.
  • HIKI UKENAGASHI = a parry/pulling action tech./methods.
  • HIMITSU IRI = any/all stealth action/movement tech./methods.
  • HIMITSU KAI = 2+man/woman team using above tech./methods.
  • HIMOGATANA = a sword done in the braided style.
  • HIRA = flat/flat surfaced, also horizontal.
  • HIRA NO KAMAE = a balanced horizontal receiving form/posture.
  • HIRASHURIKEN = a shuriken type.
  • HISHIGANE = a type of tsubute/shuriken.
  • HISHIGI = a short wooden stick type.
  • HITOTE HASAMI TSUKI = a one-handed palm thrust/strike tech./method.
  • HITOTE NIGIRI = to get/do a single handed grip/grab/squeeze.
  • HITOTE TSUKI = a one-handed basic thrust tech./methods.
  • HITTATEYOKI = a restraining weapon type.
  • HOFUKU JUTSU = to use crawling walk tech./methods.
  • HOGU = a restraining weapon type.
  • HOJO JUTSU = roping/tying tech./methods.
  • HOKA NO JUTSU = to use fire as cover/distraction/infiltrate tech./methods.
  • HOKOGATA = a shuriken type.
  • HOKO NO KAMAE = a waiting bear form/posture.
  • HOKO YARI = an open bladed staff/spear type.
  • HOMBU = martial way hq.
  • HOMMARU = castle inner compound.
  • HONCHO GUNKIKO = name of arai hakuseki confucian scholar treatise on armor & co.
  • HONSHIN = concept/doctrine of following a truth in mind philosophy.
  • HORI = castle moat area.
  • HORIN = a shuriken type.
  • HORINGATA HAPPO = a shuriken type.
  • HOSHIJO = a shuriken type, usually 5pointed star.
  • HOSHOKEN = a shuriken type, juji, foldable.
  • HSING I = a chinese battle combat style, unusual footwork.
  • HYAKUSHO = the social group peasants/farmers.


  • IAI = quick draw sword.
  • IAIDO = the way/sport form of the sword draw & co.
  • IAI JUTSU = the tech./methods of combat sword draw & co.
  • ICHI = 1.
  • ICHIMONJI NO KAMAE = form/posture of the 1st gate/path.
  • I CHING = chinese concept/doctrine book of changes etc.
  • IDORI NO KAMAE = a defensive seated form/posture.
  • IGA = one of the main ninja regions/sphere of influence/ryu.
  • IHEN NO KAMAE = a reactive emergency response form/posture.
  • IHEN NO JUTSU = tech./methods of combat style above.
  • IKKI = the traditional use of general populace riots/protests.
  • IMORI NOBORI JUTSU = lizard like moves/walks/climbs tech./methods.
  • IN = alternate name for chinese concept of the force/energy yin.
  • IN EI = nickname of a legendary spear master.
  • INKAN NO JUTSU = local intelligence gathering tech./methods.
  • INKEN = a hit and thrust weapon type.
  • INTON JUTSU = tech./methods of moving away/disappearance.
  • INUBUE JUTSU  = ways and means of training animals tech./methods.
  • INYOGUSARI = a weighted chain type weapon.
  • IRIMI = to enter/cross boundary/approach.
  • IRIMI NO JUTSU = any/all tech./methods of entrance/entering/approach etc.
  • ISHI = a stone/stony etc.
  • ISHIGAKURE JUTSU = any/all tech./methods of  stone blending/movement to and from etc.
  • ISHITO KEN = a sword of stone (not…in stone!)
  • ITOMAKIKEN =  a throwing blade type.
  • ITTAKEN = a flattened/flat throwing blade type.


  • JA MATA = to say: see you later.
  • JAPAN = exonym for nippon/nihon.
  • JAPON = alternate name above.
  • JARI = a small rock/stone/pebble.
  • JIBUTSU HANTEN TOBI = leap/half turn over obstruction.
  • JIBUTSU MAE KATA KAITEN = directly forward roll over obstruction.
  • JIBUTSU UWAMUKI TOBI = to directly leap up onto obstruction.
  • JIBUTSU YOKO KAITEN = to sideways roll over obstruction.
  • JIBUTSU YOKO TOBI = to sideways leap over obstruction.
  • JIKI = alternate name for season/time of year.
  • JIKI DESHI = a student/initiate/disciple with direct master access.
  • JIME = to squeeze/constrict/tighten tech./methods/movements.
  • JIN = concept of divine benevolence/mercy/understanding etc.
  • JINGAMA = a battle camp sickle type.
  • JIN HATTO  = a religious/spiritual order.
  • JINJA = alternate name shinto shrine.
  • JISATSU = alternate name for suicide.
  • JISONSHIN = self pride concept.
  • JITSURYOKU = power/strength concept.
  • JITTE/JITTO = alternate name for jutte sword catcher type.
  • JITTE JUTSU = styles/systems of combat tech./methods with jutte.
  • JIYU HAKOBUTO = sword in hand, basic draw position.
  • JIYU RENSHU = free form training/striking etc.
  • JO = a 4ft wooden stick/staff.
  • JO ASHI = walking hi-steps tech./methods for shallow water/foliage movements.
  • JOBA JUTSU = tech./methods combat horsemanship styles.
  • JODAN GYAKUTO = tech./method/movement horizontal reverse overhead.
  • JODO = the way of the wooden stick tech./methods/styles.
  • JO JUTSU = as above combat style/applications.
  • JOKO = a retired sovereign.
  • JO MAE = lock.
  • JONIN = a high level ninja leader/adjutant/guide.
  • JOSUNJITTE = a jutte type.
  • JOTO  = a deceptively designed walking stick/cane type.
  • JU = 10.
  • JU = concept of supple/flexible/pliable/adaptable.
  • JU ASHI = walking light-steps tech/methods movement for loose earth areas.
  • JUBEIZUE = a cane type.
  • JU GO AWASE = concept of soft/hard combos.
  • JUJI ARUKI = walking cross steps tech./methods.
  • JUJI BO = a shuriken/shaken type.
  • JUJIGATA = a shuriken type.
  • JUJIKAKYU = the crossbow.
  • JUJITSU = a combat application of judo type plus more.
  • JUN NGIRI = to take a basic grip/grab tech./methods.
  • JUPPO = a shuriken type.
  • JUSHO = the address.
  • JUTSU = a style/tech./method usually combat applic.
  • JUTTE = a swordcatcher metal truncheon type.
  • JU WAZA = concept of soft combat applic./tech./methods.
  • JUYONKEN = a shuriken type.


  • KA = the fire form/energy/theme/concept.
  • KABUTO = traditional samurai armored helmet.
  • KABUTO = also, a small metal truncheon weapon type.
  • KABUTOWARI = alternate name for above.
  • KAGASHIGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods for scarecrow disguise/deception.
  • KAGE ARUKI JUTSU = walking quietly/silently tech./methods.
  • KAGEGAKURE JUTSU = using/moving through shadows tech./methods/concepts.
  • KAGE JUTSU = basic invisibility/cover/blending/awareness tech./methods/concepts.
  • KAGE NO JUTSU = tech./methods of entry/infiltrate shadow style concepts.
  • KAGE RENSHU = training/practice of above.
  • KAGESHIN = concept of/to maintain freedom/stability of mind with non aggression approaches.
  • KAGE TSUKI = a strike/thrust kept hidden from view of oppo.
  • KAGINAWA = a hook/rope combo weapon.
  • KAGOME = a shuriken type.
  • KAI = alternate name for the earth/planet.
  • KAIBO = a short stick/weighted rope combo weapon.
  • KAIKEN = a small dagger/dirk type.
  • KAITEI GIRI = a sea-bottom cut tech./method.
  • KAITEN WAZA = tech./methods for rolling/tumbling/diving etc.
  • KA JUTSU = weapons/gunnery tech./methods/styles.
  • KAKUI FURI =  vertical flail type.
  • KAKUSHI = ring with projecting teeth/claw.
  • KAKUSHIBO = a smallhand held weapon for striking/butting etc.
  • KAKUSHI BUKI = any/all hidden/deceptive weaponry.
  • KAKUSHI GIRI = a hidden/deceptive/feinted cut tech./methods.
  • KAKUSHI GERI = a hidden/deceptive/feinted kick tech./methods.
  • KAKUSHI KUSARIGAMA = a small sickle/chain combo weapon.
  • KAKUSHI TSUKI = a hidden/deceptive/feinted strike/thrust tech./methods.
  • KAKUTE = a ring of spikes, hand held type.
  • KAKYO = concept/doctrine of the principle of the fire element.
  • KAMA = sickle type weapon (sometimes gama).
  • KAMAE = a traditional term for forms/postures.
  • KAMAGATA = a shuriken type.
  • KAMA JUSTU = tech./methods/styles of curved blade/sickle weapon combat.
  • KAMAYARI = a staff/spear with a hooked/curved blade.
  • KAMAYARI JUTSU = tech./methods for weapon above.
  • KAME = large sturdy clay pots/jars.
  • KAMEIKADA = a wooden raft/pontoon type vessel/vehicle.
  • KAMI = divine beings/spirits/gods/feelings etc.
  • KAMIKAZE = a term for legendary weather phenomenon (a divine wind…) that aids japan.
  • KAMIKAZE = also national form of sacrifice/martyrdom/suicide.
  • KAMIZA = an honored place of seating, a guest/top chair.
  • KAN = the concept of pre-feelings such as intuition/pre-cognition etc.
  • KANAMUCHI = an iron/metal cane type.
  • KANASHI BARI = esoteric godai concept/doctrine of fire spirit immobilization.
  • KANAZUCHI = a large size battle hammer type.
  • KANNAWA = a rope/ring combo type.
  • KANSETSU WAZA = tech./methods for leverage joint locks/pins/bars etc.
  • KANTO KUSHA = a female ninja (kunoichi) team leader title/name.
  • KARAKURI CHIGIRIGI = a stick/staff with chain combo type.
  • KARAKURIJITTE = a special foldable jutte truncheon type.
  • KARASU ARUKI =  rapid footwork/steps/walking tech./methods crow style.
  • KARUMI JUTSU = tech./methods/movements for lowering body gravity.
  • KARU WAZA = tech./methods for tumbling/acrobatic/agile combat movements.
  • KARUWAZASHI = an acrobat/tumbler performer/artiste.
  • KASA = the umbrella.
  • KASUMI GIRI = tech./methods for the misty strikes/cuts movements.
  • KASUMI NO KAMAE = a natural posture, mist style.
  • KATA = a traditional term for set/prearranged form(s)/posture(s)/movement(s)etc.
  • KATAKE = a fire bamboo torch weapon type.
  • KATANA = traditional name for standard (samurai) sword.
  • KATANA GARI = a sword hunt concept/tradition.
  • KATA HAKOBUTO = a back strapped/tied sword draw over the shoulder.
  • KAWARI WAZA = tech./methods for evading/dodging attacks.
  • KAYAKU JUTSU = fire/explosions/bomblets/distractions tech./methods/styles.
  • KEIKAI = concept/doctrine of elemental wind energy/agility.
  • KEIRAKU = to take planning/planned actions.
  • KEN = alternate/olden name for sword (work).
  • KENDO = alternate sword sport approach style/methods.
  • KENGO = skillful/versatile/powered sword work.
  • KEN JUTSU = tech./methods/styles of  sword combat.
  • KENKA KISERU = a brawler’s pipe type weapon.
  • KENKA TOBI = alternate name for fire ax type weapon.
  • KEN NAGE = tech./methods of combat sword throwing.
  • KENSHI = name/title of a sword master/instructor/adept.
  • KESAN = a jutte like weapon.
  • KETSUGO BUKI = combo weaponry.
  • KETSUGO WAZA = combo tech./methods.
  • KETSU IN = esoteric ninja hand signing.
  • KI = concept/doctrine of inner life energy.
  • KIAI = mental/verbal/vocal exo focused hara/inner energy.
  • KIAI JUTSU = tech./methods/systems to apply above to combat and more.
  • KIBASEN = combative warrior horsemanship tech./methods.
  • KIDORU = to adopt an attitude/strike a pose concept.
  • KIHON = the basics.
  • KIHON BUKI = the basic weaponry group.
  • KIHON KOGEKI = the basic directions of attack/defense (omni directional).
  • KIKAKU UCHI = a head butt/strike tech./methods.
  • KIKOTSU = alternative samurai group doctrine/creed.see kyokaku.
  • KIMON = ancient japanese legendary demon gate/portal concept.
  • KIMONO = national female dress style/outfit.
  • KIOKURYOKU NO JUTSU = tech./methods of mind/memory/recall related to recon skills/usage.
  • KIRI = alternate name for a (mortal) cut.
  • KIRIKOBO = a type of iron/metal cane.
  • KISETSU = alternate name for the seasons.
  • KITSUNEGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods of camo/concealment using animal knowledge/fox styles etc.
  • KITTATE = a candle holder/weapon combo.
  • KIYO = concept/doctrine of adaptive flexibility/dexterity.
  • KO = the public arena/domain/dimension concept.
  • KOBAYA = versatile maneuverable boat, no deck/bridge section.
  • KOBO = a stick type.
  • KOBO ITCHI = water concept of balance/unity of defense/offense.
  • KOCHO GERI = tech./methods of butterfly kicks.
  • KODACHI = a short dagger/sword type.
  • KODAI = the past, times of old.
  • KODAWARI = tech./methods earth concept of clearing mind.
  • KO FUKIDAKE = a small blowpipe type.
  • KOGA = one of the main ninja regions/sphere of influence/ryu.
  • KOGAI = toiletry accessory/marker/personal badge/weapon combo.
  • KOGAKU = academy of ancient history/classical works study.
  • KOGAMA = a small sickle/bladed type, oft.thrown.
  • KOGATANA = a small utility/all purpose knife.
  • KOGUSOKU = a dagger/short sword type.
  • KOHO GERI = the back kick tech./methods.
  • KOHO KAITEN = tech./methods for backward rolling/tumbling.
  • KOHO UKEMI = tech./methods for rear breakfalls/landings/groundings.
  • KOJIKI = official japanese records.
  • KOKON = concept of the past and present realities.
  • KOKORO GAMAE = tech./methods of mental prep./states of mind etc.
  • KOKYU CHIKARA = concept/doctrine of earth/breath force/energy/power.
  • KOMON = gateway to knowledge.
  • KONBANWA = to say: good evening.
  • KONGEN = doctrine/concept of origins/source.
  • KONGOJO = a pilgrim’s staff/stick type.
  • KONKI = to have/display patience/endurance/perseverance/dedication etc.
  • KONNICHIWA = to say: have a good day.
  • KONPEI = a type of chain weapon.
  • KONPI =  a single weighted chain weapon.
  • KONSAIBO = a heavily studded staff/stick type.
  • KOPPO JUTSU = the bone breaking/setting tech./methods.
  • KOPPOWAZA = tech./method of bone breaking strikes.
  • KOPPU = alternate name for jutte truncheon.
  • KOSHIGATANA = a dagger type.
  • KOSHIGIRIBO = a waist cutter staff/stick/pole type.
  • KOSHIJITTE = a jutte truncheon type.
  • KOSHI MAWARI = tech./method/style/system of unarmed combat.
  • KOSHI NO WAKARI = alternate name of above.
  • KOSHIWAZA = tech./method of muscle strikes.
  • KOSHIZASHI = a jutte truncheon type.
  • KOTE = arm/forearm guard armor.
  • KOTE UCHI = tech./method for forearm strikes.
  • KOWAKIZASHI = a type of wakizashi sword.
  • KOZUKA = a small utility knife.
  • KU = 9, also concept of the elemental nothingness/void.
  • KUBIZASHI = a small knife/bo shuriken type.
  • KUBOTAN = a small hand held type weapon.
  • KUDAKI = to strike with vigor, to crush/smash/pound etc.
  • KUGIGATA = a shuriken type.
  • KUJI = a shuriken type.
  • KUJI = also: concept/doctrine of creativity/divine inspiration.
  • KUJIKI = tech./methods to strike with a twist/wrench.
  • KUJI KIRI = esoteric concept/doctrine of creative/divine mind development.
  • KUKI KAITEN = tech./methods to air roll.
  • KUKI KAITEN WAZA = an air roll tech.
  • KUKI UKEMI = tech./methods of air concept breakfalls/groundings.
  • KUKYO = concept/doctrine of the divine celestial form/principle/state.
  • KUMADE = a long pipe/stick, end spikes and grappl.hook combo.
  • KUMI UCHI = tech./methods of kunoichi unarmed combat.
  • KUMI TACHI = sword clash forms/postures etc.
  • KUMO BASHIGO = a single rope wood rung ladder.
  • KUMO NO KAMAE = form/postures of the air/cloud style.
  • KUNAI = a wedge shaped knife blade type.
  • KUNOICHI = female ninja.
  • KUNOICHI BUKI = female ninja weapons specialities.
  • KUNOICHI JUSTU = tech./methods of the deadly flower kunoichi.
  • KUNREN = basic training drills/rotes.
  • KURAI = concept of water, flowing/following oppo actions till…
  • KURAI DORI = concept of fire, a severe/critical approach concept.
  • KUSAGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods for camo/concealment using natural foliage cover.
  • KUSARI = alternate/olden name for chain weapons.
  • KUSARIBO = a staff/chain weapon combo.
  • KUSARIFUNDO = a short weighted chain type.
  • KUSARI FURIZUE = a staff/chain combo type.
  • KUSARIGAMA = a sickle/bladed weighted chain combo type.
  • KUSARIGAMAJUTTE = a sickle/wght.chain and attachment.
  • KUSARI JUTSU = tech./methods of combat chain applic.
  • KUSARIJUTTE = a chain/jutte combo weapon type.
  • KUSARIRYUTA = a grappl.hook/chain combo weapon.
  • KUSARIUCHIBO = a chain/metal truncheon type combo.
  • KUSHI = a wooden comb.
  • KYO = a concept/principle.
  • KYOBAKO BUNE = collapsible sectioned boat.
  • KYODAI TARU KOTO = concept/doctrine/creed of universal brotherhood.
  • KYO JUTSU = tech./methods for approaching truth/deception.
  • KYO JUTSU TEN KAN = tech./methods to apply concept of inverting truth/falsehood.
  • KYO JUTSU TEN KAN HO = the prime principle/law/concept of truth/falsehood.
  • KYOKAKU = alternative idealistic samurai group.
  • KYOKETSU SHOGE = a rope/knife/blade/ring combo type.
  • KYONIN NO JUTSU = tech./methods of using superstition/belief to gain entrance/admission/infiltration etc.
  • KYORI TOBI = to jump/leap a fair distance, a big leap etc.
  • KYOSEI = title/name for a student teacher.
  • KYOTEKI = an admirable and worthy adversary.
  • KYU = a class grade.
  • KYUBASEN = tech./methods of mounted archery combat/battle.
  • KYUDO = the sport way of the archer.
  • KYU JUTSU = the combat way of the archer.
  • KYUSHAKUBO = a staff weapon type approx.2.7mtrs.
  • KYUSHO = concept of vital points/areas of the body.
  • KYUSHO JUTSU = tech./methods/systems of combat applic.of above.
  • KYUSUNGOBU = a dagger type.
  • KYUTETSU = a hand held weapon type.

L : not used in jap.language;

  • LAO TZU = ch.philospher/doctrines treatise tao te ching.
  • LIN QUEI = alternate name for ch.ninja traditions.


  • MACHI YAKKO = a samurai troop/paramilitary organisation.
  • MAE = frontal position.
  • MAE EMPI UCHI = tech/methods of a fwd.inner elbow strike(s).
  • MAE GERI = a frontal kick tech./method.
  • MAE NANAME OKURI ASHI = tech./methods for diagonal/oblique step/walks.
  • MAE TSUGI ASHI = tech./methods for forward advancement steps/walks.
  • MAE UKEMI = tech./methods for breakfalling forward/frontal postn.
  • MAGARI YARI = a forked trident pole type.
  • MAIOGIGATA TENARASHI = a type of metal rod/truncheon type.
  • MAIOGIGATA TESSEN = a sturdier/heavier tessen type.
  • MAKIKOMI = concept/principle of enfolding tech./methods/styles.
  • MAKIMONO = a scroll type.
  • MAKI WARA = a training target/strike practice board/device.
  • MANABU JUTSU = tech./methods to learn styles and such principles by imitation.
  • MANERU SHIMEI = combat scenario reenactment training concepts.
  • MANJI = a shaken type.
  • MANJIGATA = alternate name for above.
  • MANRIKI = a kakute type.also, a chain.
  • MANRIKI GUSARI = a chain weapon type.
  • MAROHOSHI = a jitte/jutte type.
  • MARUBO = a stick/staff with round x section.
  • MARU GERI = round kick tech./methods.
  • MARU KUGI = hand held throwing spikes/rods.
  • MASAKARI = a hand axe type.
  • MATABASAMI = a hand held atemi weapon type.
  • MATSUBAGATA = a shuriken type.
  • MAWASHI = concept of combat applic. of spin/spinning turns tech./methods.
  • MAWATE = to turn.
  • MEIJIN = alternate term/title/name for a master.
  • METEZASHI = a dagger type.
  • METSUBISHI = sight remover, usually blinding powder.
  • MICHI = concept/principle of the correct path/way.
  • MIGI  = to the right direction.
  • MIGI JOHO GIRI = angle cut upward right.
  • MIGI NANAME TSUKI = angled strike/thrust downward right.
  • MIGI YOKO GERI = a kick to the right side.
  • MIKAZUKI = a shuriken type.
  • MIJIN = a chain weapon type.
  • MIMIGIRIBO = an earcut staff type.
  • MITSUBISHI = a shuriken type.
  • MITSUBISHI = also, shiro’s car type.
  • MITSU BUKI = weaponry designed to restrain swords.
  • MIYAMOTO MUNISAI = samurai martial expert, several weapons named after him, also father of below.
  • MIYAMOTO MUSASHI = samurai martial expert, several weapons/style named after him, also son of above.
  • MIZU GUMO = water float device, nicknamed spider.
  • MIZU KAKI = water fin device.
  • MIZU TEPPO = water cannon device.
  • MOFUBUKI NO TSUKI = tech./methods for thrust/strikes, blizzard style.
  • MOGURI KAITEN = to dive roll/tumble tech./methods.
  • MOGURI KOHO UKEMI = to breakfall diving backwards tech./methods.
  • MOGURI MAE UKEMI = as above, forwards.
  • MOJIRI = a sleeve catcher device/weapon type.
  • MOKKAN = a knuckle duster type.
  • MOKUSO = a quiet thought/moment.
  • MON = gate/gateway/portal/entrance.
  • MONJIN = an initiate/disciple.
  • MONOMI NI JUTSU = remote/discreet entry tech./methods for infiltration/combat applic.
  • MONOMIYARI = a concealed/hidden spear type.
  • MOROTE HASAMI TSUKI = palm guided dbl.hand thrust/strike.
  • MOROTE TSUKI = basic dbl.hand thrust/strike.
  • MUCHI GERI = a whip style kick.
  • MUCHI TSUKI = a whip style thrust/strike.
  • MUCHI KUSARI = a chain whip type.
  • MUGEI MUMEI NO JUTSU = tech./methods of those with no style and no name.
  • MUKAGIJUTTE = a jutte type.
  • MUKAISHIRA = lower level samurai lodgings, usually around castle perimeter.
  • MUKEI NO KURAI = concept of basic fundamental cuts/attacks of formless form.
  • MUKU = wood jutte/chain combo type.
  • MUSASHI KAIKEN = a small hand held weapon type.
  • MUSHA SHUGYO = concept/ideals of martial warriors.
  • MUSUBI BASHIGO = a looped style ladder.
  • MUTO = no sword tech./methods/styles combat applic.
  • MUTO DORI = weaponry defense usually unarmed and usually against swords.


  • NAESHI = a metal truncheon type.
  • NAGE = to throw.
  • NAGEDEPPO = a hand grenade.
  • NAGEGAMA = a small sickle/blade with long chain combo type.
  • NAGE TEBUKURO = protective battle gloves.
  • NAGE WAZA = tech/methods for combat throws applic.
  • NAGEYA = a throwing arrow type.
  • NAGIMAKI = a straight bladed naginata/halberd type.
  • NAGINATA = a curved bladed halberd type.
  • NAGINATA DO = the sport way of the naginata.
  • NAGINATA JUTSU = the combat way/applic. of the naginata.
  • NAIGAMA = kama type, very long hilt.
  • NAI KI = alternate name for concept of inner energy.
  • NAKA FURI = a outwardly projecting flail type.
  • NAKA IMA = concept/doctrine of the eternal now philosophy.
  • NANA = 7 alternate name (shichi).
  • NANAME = on an angle/angled/angular.
  • NANAME OKURI ASHI = tech./methods for angled/oblique forward movements/steps.
  • NANASHAKUBO = staff type approx. 2.1 mtrs.
  • NANBAN CHIDORIGANE = a truncheon/chain combo type.
  • NANBAN HANANEJIBO = a wooden jutte/weighted chain staff combo type.
  • NANBAN KAGI = a small hand held type weapon.
  • NATAGAMA = a sickle/bladed type, very curved blade.
  • NATSU = the summer season.
  • NAWA BASHIGO = a rope ladder type.
  • NAYASHI = alternate name for naeshi.
  • NEI CHIA = soft internal styles of ch.boxing.
  • NEJI = alternate name for sodegarami sleeve catcher.
  • NEKOTE = a hand held type, finger claws.
  • NI = 2.
  • NICHOGAMA = tech./methods for combat applic. of dual sickle type weapons.
  • NIGIRIMONOBUKI = collective term for hand held atemi/pressure type weapons.
  • NIHONGI = official japanese chronicles.
  • NIN = endure/persevere/survive.
  • NIN BUKI = collective name for ninja weaponry.
  • NIN DOGU = collective name for ninja tools/equip.
  • NINJA = japanese martial warrior with a survival protocol.
  • NINJA KEN = a ninja sword type.
  • NINJATO = alternate name for above.
  • NINJAZUE = a concealed/deceptively made walking staff/cane.
  • NIN JUTSU = tech./methods of combat applic. of ninja ways.
  • NINOMARU = castle compound for storage/guest lodgings.
  • NINYO = concept/doctrine of virtue, chivalry.
  • NITO JUTSU = tech./methods for combat applic.of dual swords.refer miyamoto musashi.
  • NIYOI = a scepter type weapon.
  • NIYOIJITTE = a scepter/metal truncheon combo type.
  • NO = social group of agriculturists.
  • NOBASU = to extend/extension.
  • NOBORI JUTSU = tech./methods for climbing applic.
  • NOBUSERI = roguish ninja, yet to complete training.
  • NODACHI = an extra spare battle sword, longer and heavier than katana.
  • NOFU = social group, farmer.
  • NUI = a metal truncheon type.
  • NUKENIN = a ninja on the run (from authority…).
  • NUKE WAZA = tech./methods of applic. run/escape.
  • NUKI ASHI = a light sweeping foot movement to check ground ahead.
  • NYUKUDAKI NO JUTSU = tech./methods of using poorly watched/guarded entry areas.
  • NYUKYO NO JUTSU = entry/infiltrate concept tech./methods of perfect timing.


…literal meaning = ninja higher ideals.

My (shiro’s) understanding of this concept/doctrine changes over time…as i do as i gain/share in more knowledge.


The collective term.

Embodies and includes the combat and non combat systems and teachings of anything ninja:



The main principle we have is NIN

We are NINJA.

We physically study NINJUTSU

We mentally study NINPO.

The above is SHIRO’s view…now…here’s an expert? one;(click)

Here’s NINPO in action…by an expert (click).NJOY.


  • OBI = the japanese national dress belt/sash.
  • ODACHI = a great sword type.
  • OFUKIDAKE = a long blow pipe type.
  • OGAMA = a battle kama/scythe type.
  • OGIGATA NAESHI = a bokusen type/alternate name.
  • OKUDEN = verbal/oral teachings/history.
  • OKUGI = concept/doctrine of the inner mysteries/quests.
  • OKUSARI = a long chain weapon type.
  • OKUSARIGAMA = a heavy duty kusarigama type.
  • OMAMORITO = a dagger type.
  • OMANRIKI = a restraining type weapon.
  • OMOTE = moving forwards, frontal plain postn., inside etc. opposite = ura.
  • OMOTE GYAKU = tech./methods for above grapple turn/takedowns.
  • OMOTE WAZA = tech./methods for above combat applic.
  • ONI = traditional name for a devil/demon figure.
  • ONI KUDAKI = a tech./methods of combat applic. crush locks/strikes/breaks.
  • ONKEN = a hidden blade/throwing blade type.
  • ONNAGAMA = kama particularly styled for kunoichi.
  • ONNA RYOSHI = title/name for kunoichi, also a huntress.
  • ONO = a battle ax type.
  • ONSHA = concept/doctrine of virtuous generosity.
  • ORIMONO BASHIGO = a multi rope ladder/net/hammock combo type.
  • OSAE = to take control of.
  • OSAEDORI = to seize/grab control tech./methods.
  • OSAE WAZA = tech./methods of opponent control combat applic.
  • OSU GERI = the push kick tech./methods.
  • OSU GIRI = bladed tech./methods to push cut/strike.
  • OSU TSUKI= a thrust/push combo tech./methods.
  • OTACHI = a special tachi sword type.
  • OTAGEI NI REI = combatants formal/traditional bows.
  • OTOKOGAMA = kama particularly styled for ninja males.
  • OTOSHI = a dropping movement/tech./methods.
  • OTOSHI GYAKUTO = the dropping sword/reversal tech./methods.
  • OWAKIZASHI = a special wakizashi sword type.
  • OYA = high level/advanced.
  • OYUBI = the thumb.

P  + Q : not used ;

  • PA KUA = soft, internal style ch.boxing.
  • PA KUA CHANG = alternate name for ch.palm methods/styles.
  • QUICKSAND = mother nature’s ninja vanish method-no smoke reqd.
  • QUICKSAND = also;btw…if you have ninja skills…use them here…now!…no dawdling.
  • QUIVER = slight tremble, also name for arrow carrier device.
  • QUIXOTE = semi legendary knight savant who jousted with windmills…guess he needed glasses!


  • RAN = concept/doctrine of freedom of action with total responsibility.
  • RANDORI = a freely applied training skill/exercise for combat applic. of above tech/methods.
  • REI = a formal/traditional bow.
  • REISHIKI = concept/doctrine of etiquette and traditions associated.
  • RENKEN JUTSU = tech./methods of basic chemistry, alchemy ninja style.
  • RENKENJUTSUSHI = title/name for ninja alchemist.
  • ROGABO = a sleeve catcher type.
  • ROKKAKUBO = a staff/stick  with hexag. x section.
  • ROKU = 6.
  • ROKUSHAKUBO = a staff/stick type approx. 1.8mtr length.
  • ROKUSUNHISHIGI = a short wooden stick type.
  • ROKUSUNTETSU = a short metal stick/rod type.
  • RONIN = literally, masterless samurai, wandering samurai.
  • 47 RONIN = legendary samurai who epitomised their creed.
  • 47 RONIN = couple of excellent movies on the subject too…entertaining not necessarily very factual though.
  • ROPPO = a shuriken type.
  • ROPPOGATA = a shuriken type.
  • RYOBARIGATA = a shuriken type.
  • RYOFUNDOGASARI = a dbl. weighted chain type.
  • RYOHEBI NO JUTSU = tech./methods for crawling approaches/entry, snake/serpent style.
  • RYU = clan/family tradition, also a dragon.
  • RYU GIRI = tech./methods for cut/strike, dragon style.
  • RYUSHIKEN = a special juji shuriken type, foldable.
  • RYUSHUKEN = a shuriken type.


  • SABATE = to take a seat.
  • SACCHI JUTSU = earth style,tech./methods to utilise the environ/landscape/features.
  • SAGEO = a cord, usually attached to weaponry.
  • SAIHAI = a baton type weapon.
  • SAIKA TANDEN = abdomen region, below navel.
  • SAIMEN = the mind game concept.
  • SAIMIN JUTSU = tech./methods to utilise the mind game combat applic.
  • SAJINRAI = a metsubishi type.
  • SAKATE = a jutte type/alternate name.
  • SAKU = a small hand held key weapon.
  • SAKU TSUKI = tech./methods of thrust/tear combat applic.
  • SAMA = alternate/olden name for a king/leader.
  • SAMURAI = japanese national warrior/knight ideal.
  • SAN = 3.
  • SANBUKAKEN = alternate name for shuriken.
  • SANHEI = collective name for the 3 master sword makers of bizen; kanehira, sukehira and takahira.
  • SANJO = a small mountain region.
  • SANJO = also collective name for the 3 master sword makers of kyoto; yoshiie, arikuni and kanenaga.
  • SANKO =  a shuriken type.
  • SANKIN KOTAI = samurai protocol of living in/under the roof of the shogun.
  • SANNIN JINBA = 3 man horsemanship combat applic.tech./methods.
  • SANKAKU YARI = a triple/triangular headed/bladed spear type.
  • SANSAKU = collective name for the 3 masters of sword master makers; masamune, yoshimitsu and yoshihiro.
  • SANSHAKUBO = a stick/staff approx. 0.9mtrs length.
  • SANSHU =  a shuriken type.
  • SANTAI BASHIGO = a 3 man sturdy ladder.
  • SANMARU = castle outer compound, guard lodgings.
  • SAN KUSARI = a chain with bolas type weapon.
  • SANPO = a shaken type, 3 points.
  • SANZUNHISHIGI = a short atemi weapon type.
  • SASHITO = a dagger type.
  • SASUMATA = a long stick/staff with forked blade,armor/clothes/man catcher.
  • SASUMATA JUTSU = tech./methods of above combat applic.
  • SATTENJIN JUTSU = tech./methods of air/atmosphere/meteorology/weather study, combat applic.
  • SATSUJIN JUTSU = concept of practical psychology, combat applic. tech./methods.
  • SAYA = the scabbard.
  • SAYONARA = to say: goodbye/see you later etc.
  • SEI = sex.
  • SEIJO NAGE = a downward oriented throw/toss.
  • SEIKAKUSA = to be accurate/the accuracy of.
  • SEIKA NO ITTEN = a ki central area/vital point.
  • SEIKA TANDEN = alternate name for hara concept.
  • SEIRETSU = to line up, usually in the dojo.
  • SEIZA NO KAMAE = the basic seated posture/form.
  • SEIZON JUTSU = tech./methods of survival training oriented combat applic.
  • SEMMON BUKI = collective name for special weaponry.
  • SEMPAI = title/name for a senior martial student, usually an assistant to sensei.
  • SEMPU GIRI = tech./methods of the whirlwind style cut/strike combat.
  • SENBAN = a shuriken type.
  • SENJO JUTSU = tech./methods/principles of battle placement/troop deployment etc.
  • SENRIKI = a kakute type.
  • SENSEI = martial instructor/teacher/elder title/name.
  • SEPPUKU = alternate name for harakiri.
  • SHAKEN = a shuriken type/alternate name.
  • SHAKO UCHI = the hand claw strike tech./methods.
  • SHAKUJO = a pilgrims/priest/initiates staff/cane.
  • SHAKUJO YARI = above with hidden/concealed spear.
  • SHAKYO = a small hand held atemi type.
  • SHI = 4 alternate name (yon); also death.
  • SHIAI = a contest of skill.
  • SHIBAGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods of using nature as concealment.
  • SHIBUMI = concept/doctrine of graceful simplicity.
  • SHICHI = 7 alternate name (nana).
  • SHICHI HO DE = using disguise as a blending form, 7 ways.
  • SHIDO = literally, the samurai way.
  • SHIHO = a shuriken type.
  • SHIHO GIRI = tech./methods of cuts/strikes combat applic. of the four prime directions.
  • SHIHO = a shaken type, 4 points.
  • SHIKAKU = tech./methods of a jap. unarmed combat style.
  • SHIKAN UCHI = mid knuckle strikes tech./methods combat applic.
  • SHIKKAKUBO = a four sided stick/staff.
  • SHIKI = all four seasons.
  • SHIKIN HARAMITSU DAIKOMYO = bujinkan bow in/out greeting/acknowledgement.
  • SHIKKO = tech./methods for the steps/walk, floating style.
  • SHIKOMI BO = a deceptively made staff/stick.
  • SHIKOMI BUNCHIN = a deceptive paperweight weapon.
  • SHIKOMI KISERU = a deceptive pipe weapon.
  • SHIKOMI YOKOBUE = a flute, deceptively made weapon.
  • SHIKOMU JUTSU = tech./methods of infiltration/entry combat applic.
  • SHIKOMUNIN = kunoichi/ninja, doing above.
  • SHIKORO = a ninja saw tool.
  • SHIMEI = general term for a ninja mission.
  • SHIME NIGIRI = to get/take a good/tight grip tech./methods.
  • SHIME WAZA = tech./methods for combat applic. chokes/grabs.
  • SHINGON = a tibetan buddhism type, the true word.
  • SHINHAKU = tech./methods of a jap. unarmed combat style.
  • SHINKEN = sharp blade, live blade.
  • SHINKI KITSU = concept of uniting then controlling opposing minds/views.
  • SHIN KOKYU = to take a deep breath.
  • SHINKEN GATA = tech./methods for combat applic. sharp,live blade work.
  • SHINOBI = alternate/olden name for ninja.
  • SHINOBIGATANA JUTSU = combat applic. of ninja sword tech./methods/styles.
  • SHINOBI KUMADE = a climbing pole, raked hook one end.
  • SHINOBI NO JUTSU = alternate/olden name for ninjutsu.
  • SHINOBI SHOZUKU = the full uniformed ninja look, covered head to toe…eyes only show.
  • SHINOBI YARI = a deceptively made staff/spear type.
  • SHINOBI YOROI = ninja armor.
  • SHINSO TOHO NO JUTSU = tech./methods for low movement in grass, rabbit style.
  • SHINTO = way of the divine.
  • SHISHIGASHIRA = a sleeve catcher type.
  • SHISHIN UCHI = finger strikes tech./methods. combat applic.
  • SHITAHARA = the body’s abdomen region.
  • SHITAMUKI ARUKI = tech./methods for walking downhill/downward.
  • SHITAMUKI TOBI = a leap down.
  • SHITAN UCHI = combat applic.tech./methods for thumb press/pressure strikes.
  • SHITO = a dagger type.
  • SHIZEN NO KAMAE = a natural upright standing posture/form.
  • SHO = an income value.
  • SHOBO = whirling/spinning sticks.
  • SHOGUN = commander in chief abbrev.
  • SHOKUNIN = social group, artisans.
  • SHOTEN NOBORI JUTSU = tech./methods of climbing, heavenly style.
  • SHOTO = a sword type.
  • SHUBAKU = tech./methods of a jap.unarmed combat style.
  • SHUGENDO = the way of mystical powers.
  • SHUKO = a spiked band, worn on hand, weapon and climb aid.
  • SHURIKEN = a throwing blade type, many many designs.
  • SHURIKEN JUTSU = tech./methods for combat applic. of above.
  • SHUTO = the sword/knife/ridge hand type fist postn.
  • SODEGARAMI = a sleevecatcher type.
  • SODEGARAMI JUTSU = tech./methods of above combat applic.
  • SODEGUSARI = alternate name of gusari.
  • SOHEI = a monk/warrior tradition, long pole weapons a specialty.
  • SO JUTSU = combat applic. tech/methods of the spear.
  • SOKAMA = a dbl.bladed kama type.
  • SOKKI UCHI = combat applic.tech./methods for the knee strikes/blocks etc.
  • SOKUTOKI = a metsubishi type.
  • SOKU YAKU = to stomp/crush a foot.
  • SONIN NO JUTSU = tech./methods for ninja x2 entry/infiltrate.
  • SUI = the element of water form/energy/theme/concept.
  • SUIBA JUTSU = tech./methods of horsemanship combat applic.
  • SUIEI JUTSU = tech./methods of water combat applic.
  • SUIJOHOHOKO JUTSU = tech./methods for water crossings.
  • SUIKYO = concept/doctrine of the water element.
  • SUKUI FURI = a horiz. flail type.
  • SULSA DO = a korean m/art style; similar ninja.
  • SUMIYAGURA = castle corner watch towers.
  • SUMO = jap.national wrestling/grappling style.
  • SUMOTORI = the sumo adept/practitioner.
  • SUNE = shin guards/armor.
  • SUNE ATE = tech./methods for shin strikes/blocks etc.
  • SUNTETSU = a small atemi hand held type.
  • SUN TZU = ch.martial strategist philosopher author.
  • SUTEYARI = a shuriken like type weapon.
  • SUWARI NO KAMAE = a basic kneeling posture/form.



For several years, at a young age i watched SHINOBI adventures unfold on a daily basis.These faceless men and women, dressed in black were the foremost extreme athletes.With more sense than bravado they put their NINJA training into the real.

NINJA on a mission, literally!

Putting both sword and heart on the line so to speak…and oft. crossing it.

Those few and many who, collectively and over time historically have become THE LEGEND.

The legend of the ninja nightwalker; SHINOBI.






An olden term, SHINOBI is the alternate reading of the same jap.word for NINJA/NINJUTSU etc.

Basically interchangeable.NINJA is the current preferred pronunciation.

The kanji (letter/character) is of a BLADE (above/over a) HEART.

This character carries the meaning of PERSEVERANCE.


Written, as below…2 ways:







SHINOBI = olden term/name for those who study NINPO.

NINJA + KUNOICHI = personal designation

= male + female. (click).











  • Togakure Ryū Ninpō Taijutsu ( 戸隠流忍法体術 )


  • Koto Ryū Koppō Jutsu ( 虎倒流骨法術 )


  • Gikan Ryū Koppō Jutsu ( 義鑑流骨法術 )


  • Gyokko Ryū Kosshi Jutsu ( 玉虎流骨指術 )


  • Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu ( 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術 )


  • Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentai Jutsu ( 神伝不動流打拳体術 )


  • Gyokushin Ryū Ninpō ( 玉心流忍法 )


  • Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō ( 雲隠流忍法 )


  • Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtai Jutsu ( 高木揚心流柔体術 )



  • TACHI = a large samurai sword type.
  • TACHIDORI = a standing defense.
  • TAI CHIKARA = concept of earth, physical strength/power.
  • TAIDO = a jap. style of unarmed combat.
  • TAIDO JUTSU = tech./methods of above combat applic.
  • TAIHEN JUTSU = tech./methods combat applic. unusual/awkward body movements.
  • TAIHOSAMA = castle wall gun/cannon placement hole.
  • TAI JUTSU = tech./methods combat applic. natural unarmed defense.
  • TAI BASHIGO = a 2man ladder.
  • TAI NEJIRU = combat applic.body twist/turn tech./methods.
  • TAI SABAKI = combat applic.body movements.
  • TAISHO = title/name for a field general equiv.
  • TAI UCHI = combat applic. body strikes.
  • TAKANOTSUME = a claw/talon kakute type.
  • TAKE BASHIGO = a bamboo ladder.
  • TAKEBO = a bamboo stick/staff.
  • TAKEKAN = a hollow bamboo breathing tube/stick.
  • TAMABO = wood staff/stick with end balls.
  • TAMAZUE = alternate name for above.
  • TANBO = a short stick.
  • TAN/TANDEN = alternate name for concept/doctrine of hara.
  • TANDOKU RENSHU = self training, solo training.
  • TANJO JUTSU = tech./methods combat applic.short staff/stick.
  • TANOSHIMA = concept of pleasure/reward.
  • TANSAIBO = a short thin stick.
  • TANTEI JUTSU = espionage tech./methods.
  • TANTO = a knife/dagger type.
  • TANTO GATA = a shuriken type.
  • TANTO JUTSU = tech./methods for combat applic. knife work.
  • TANUKI NOBORI JUTSU = tech./methods for climbing, squirrel style.
  • TARIKI = a hit and thrust type weapon.
  • TASHIN = a shuriken type.
  • TE = the hand.
  • TEBO = alternate name for jutte.
  • TEGATANAGANE = a small atemi type.
  • TEGIRIBO = a short wood stick type.
  • TEGUSARI = alternate name for ryofundogusari.
  • TEKAGIJUTTE = a tobiguchi variation type.
  • TEISATSU JUTSU = recon tech./methods.
  • TEKAGI = set of combat hand claws, also climbing aid.
  • TEKKAN = a knuckle duster type/also alternate name for jutte.
  • TEKKEN/TEKEN = a restraining weapon type.
  • TEKKOKAGI = a spiked hand band type.
  • TEKUBI = the wrist.
  • TEMANRIKI = a restraining weapon type.
  • TENARASHI = iron truncheon type.
  • TENCHI = heaven to earth, also densho scroll names/titles.
  • TENCHI GIRI = tech./methods for combat applic. heaven to earth strike/cut.
  • TENGU = ancient legendary ninja instructors/mentors/trainers.
  • TENGU = shiro style overview here (click).
  • TENGU GIRI = tech./methods for combat applic. strike/cut, tengu legend style.
  • TENKETSUBARI = a suntetsu type.
  • TENKI = alternate name for jutte.
  • TENKO ASHI = area scan pivot/turns tech./methods.
  • TENMON JUTSU = the study of meteorology and associated factors.
  • TENOUCHI = a small hand held type weapon.
  • TEPPAN = a shuriken type.
  • TEPPO = a gun/firearm.
  • TEPPOSAMA = castle wall gun placement hole.
  • TESAKIGIRIBO = a stick/staff type.
  • TESSEN = a small metal/wood rod type.
  • TESSEN JUTSU = combat applic. above weapon tech./methods.
  • TESSENJUTTE = a tenarashi with addon type/combo.
  • TESSHAKU = a jutte type.
  • TESSHO = a small atemi weapon type.
  • TESSUN = a suntetsu type.
  • TETOBIDASU = a vault/handspring.
  • TETOBIDASU WAZA = tech./methods for above combat applic.
  • TETSUBISHI = small, usually metal foot spikes/calthrops.
  • TETSUBO/KANABO = a metal/wood club/war-club, usually spiked.
  • TETSUBO JUTSU = combat applic.tech./methods of above weapon.
  • TETSUKAGI = metal pick-lock devices.
  • TETSUKIYA = a hand thrust arrow type.
  • TETSUMARI = a spiked iron ball type.
  • TETSUNIYOI = a metal truncheon type.
  • TETSUTSUBUTE = an iron tsubute type.
  • TETTEI = alternate name for jutte.
  • TETTO = a metal truncheon type.
  • TEYARI = a short/hand spear.
  • TOAMI = a net, multiple use tool/item.
  • TOBI = to leap/jump.
  • TOBI ASHI = tech./methods for a leap/jump step, any direction.
  • TOBIGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods for flying jumps/gliding etc.
  • TOBI GERI = tech./methods for combat applic. leap/jump kicks.
  • TOBIGUCHI = a fire ax weapon type.
  • TOBI KUNAI = wedge shaped, usually metal climbing aid.
  • TOBI WAZA = tech./methods for leap/jump combat applic.
  • TO IRI = concept/doctrine of long range deception strategy/tactics.
  • TOIRI NO JUTSU = combat applic.tech./methods of above.
  • TO JUTSU = combat applic. sword tech./methods.
  • TOKEN = a shuriken type/alternate name.
  • TOMOZUKA = a short knife/dagger type.
  • TONKI = collective name for small weaponry.
  • TORAE = an immobilizing move/strike/action etc.
  • TORA KAITEN = tech./methods for rolling, tiger style.
  • TORA SHUKO = a set of  ‘tiger’ hand claws.
  • TORA SHINOBIYORI = strategy/tactic of battle formation, stalking tiger style.
  • TORA TSUKI = tech./methods for a thrust/strike, tiger style.
  • TORA YARI = a long staff/spear type with a tiger-forked blade.
  • TORI = title/name for the defender during training/tech. etc.
  • TORIGARAMI = alternate name for sodegarami.
  • TORINAWA = silken cord/rope.
  • TORINAWA JUTSU = combat applic.tech./methods of above tool/weapon.
  • TORINOKO = a flash incendiary device.
  • TORITE = a jap.style unarmed combat special restrains/escapes.
  • TORITE JUTSU = tech./methods for restrains/escapes combat applic.
  • TOTEKIBU JUTSU = old/alternate name tech./methods for combat applic. weapon/item throwing.
  • TSUBA = the sword guard.
  • TSUBATSUKE = a jutte type with handguard.
  • TSUBOKIRI = a turnscrew/boring implement/tool.
  • TSUBUTE = a clubbing projectile type weapon.
  • TSUCHIBOKO = a mace/spiked ball device type weapon.
  • TSUE = a staff/walking stick type.
  • TSUGI ASHI = combat applic. movement/advancing step tech./methods.
  • TSUKA =  the pommel section.
  • TSUKA ATE = combat applic.tech/methods for pommel strikes/work.
  • TSUKI = thrusting movement/action.
  • TSUKUBO = a polearm type, t shaped.
  • TSUNE = a shaken type, talon/claw shaped bladed.


  • UCHI = a strike, also inside postn.
  • UCHIBARI = a shuriken type.
  • UCHI DESHI = title/name for trainees/apprentices.
  • UCHIGATANA = a striking/piercing sword.
  • UCHIHARAI = a jitte/jutte type.
  • UCHIHARAI YARI = a jitte/jutte type, thick pointed tip/blade.
  • UCHI KOWASHI = popular movement/protest/rebellion.
  • UCHINE = a throwing arrow/javelin type.
  • UCHINE JUTSU = combat applic. tech./methods of above weapon.
  • UCHI OTOSHI = tech./methods for a dropping strike/defense.
  • UCHIYA = a thickened arrow like weapon type.
  • UKE = attacker/training partner, also a block.
  • UKEMI WAZA = tech./methods combat applic.breakfalls.
  • UKENAGASHI = parry/deflect.
  • UKENAGASHI WAZA = tech./methods of combat applic. above.
  • UKE WAZA = tech./methods of combat applic. blocks.
  • UKIGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods/system for levitation.
  • UJI = title/name for clan.
  • UMABARI = a small sturdy knife/dagger, usually 2 cutting edges.
  • UMAYAGAMA = a kama type/variation.
  • UMEBI = a land mine type device.
  • URA = moving rear/backwards, at back of/behind, outside hidden postn.etc.
  • URA GYAKU = tech./methods for above grapple turn/takedowns.
  • URA WAZA = tech./methods for above combat applic. opposite = omote.
  • USHIRO = the rear postn.
  • USHIRO KUKI UKEMI = central rear breakfall.
  • USHIRO HAKOBUTO = a sword draw postn. from behind back.
  • USHIRO TSUGI ASHI = combat applic. movement withdrawing step tech./methods.
  • UWAMUKI TOBI = a leap/jump upwards.
  • UZUKUMARU SOTO NI = a recovery crouch postn.
  • UZURA NOBORI JUTSU = tech./methods for climbing in/between/along two surfaces/objects.

V and X not used.


  • WA = concept/doctrine of accord/harmony/smooth fluidity.
  • WAI CHIA = hard and powerful ch.boxing style(s).
  • WA JUTSU = a jap. unarmed combat style.
  • WAKIGATANA = alternate/olden name for below.
  • WAKIZASHI = the shorter samurai sword.
  • WAKIZASHI TEPPO = deceptive short sword, gun combo type.
  • WAKO = title/name for pirates/mercenaries.
  • WANJIN = concept/doctrine of man in harmony/balance.
  • WATA TABI/TABI = ninja style split toed shoe.
  • WAZA = tech./method(s).


  • YA = the arrow, also a projectile name.
  • YADOME JUTSU = tech./methods combat applic. blocking above.
  • YAGYUZUE = a specially constructed deceptive cane weapon.
  • YAJIRI = an arrow head/barb.
  • YAJIRIGI = a small y shaped hand held atemi type.
  • YAMABUSHI = mountain warrior/recluse.
  • YAMAHOSHI = alternate/olden name for above, partic. priest/warriors.
  • YARI = staff/spear type.
  • YARIHO = a jutte type.
  • YARIHOGATA = a shuriken type.
  • YARI JUTSU = tech./methods for spear combat applic.
  • YARIOREBO = broken spear?…now a staff!
  • YATATE = metal stationery(set)…now a hand held weapon!
  • YATATEJITTE = a jutte type.
  • YAWARA = a jap.unarmed combat style.
  • YO = alternate name for chinese concept of the force/energy yang.
  • YOJI = a toothpick/sliver.
  • YOJI NO JUTSU = tech./methods for combat applic. minor deceptive entry methods/infiltration.
  • YO JUTSU = tech./methods of deception/illusion/magic.
  • YOKO = the side.
  • YOKO ASHI = a side step.
  • YOKO GERI = a side kick.
  • YOKO KAITEN = a sideways roll.
  • YOKO NAGE = a side throw.
  • YOKO TOBI = a sideways leap/jump.
  • YOKO UKEMI = a sideways breakfall.
  • YON = 4 alternate name (shi).
  • YORIBO = a staff weapon type.
  • YOROIDOSHI = a small knife/dagger type.
  • YOROIDOSHI NO JUTSU = tech./methods combat applic. of above.
  • YOROIDOSHI TANTOGATA = a throwing knife/shuriken type.
  • YOSEBO = a staff weapon type.
  • YUBI JUTSU = tech./methods for combat applic. below.
  • YUBIKOPPO = pressure point tech./methods, using bony hand/knuckle/body areas.
  • YUBI WAZA = tech./methods of finger locks/locking.
  • YUKI = snow.
  • YUKIGAKURE JUTSU = tech./methods for snow hiding/cover/concealment etc.
  • YUMI = the bow/arrow weapon.
  • YUMIOREZUE = a short bamboo whip type.


  • ZA = title/name for a local ward/district/area.
  • ZANKANJO = concept/doctrine of virtues and laws.
  • ZANSHIN = concept/doctrine of total relaxed alertness/awareness.
  • ZAREI = a seated formal bow/greeting.
  • ZAZEN = a seated meditation, dignified non action/thought etc.
  • ZEMPO/ZENPO = the forward direction/movement.
  • ZEMPO KAITEN UKEMI = forward rolling/falling breakfall.
  • ZEN = virtuous, goodness, a concept/doctrine of such.
  • ZENSHIN = concept/doctrine of integrated/wholeness of life.
  • ZUI = a metal truncheon type.
  • ZUKIN = the ninja head/hood piece.







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