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Ninpo


“Ninpo is more commonly known as Ninjutsu, or the warrior art of the ninja; but the term Ninpo is used as it has a deeper significance. The black clad assassin disappearing in a cloud of smoke, which usually springs to mind when talking of Ninja has nothing to do with the reality of learning true Ninpo Bugei. Ninpo is a traditional, non-competitive Japanese Martial Art whose history stretches back over many centuries. “ Soke Shoto Tanemura

“Ninpo is the art of the true ninja. It is The Art of a Spiritual Warrior. It is the Martial Training of the Genbukan World Ninpo Federation.
Ninjutsu is a subset of ninpo. Ninjutsu comprises only the physical skills necessary to survive in a hostile world. Ninpo enhances the following natural skills:

  • Mindfulness and the awareness of ones surroundings
  • Strategy and subtly manipulating ones opponent
  • The art of controlling the distance
  • Learning to recognize and how to use what is at hand
  • Atemiwasa (striking techniques)
  • Nagewaza (throwing techniques
  • Shimewaza (choking techniques)
  • Osaekomiwaza (ground pinning techniques)

Weapons training focuses on

  • Ken-Jutsu (Japanese Sword fighting)
  • Bojutsu (Japanese 3 foot and 6 foot staff fighting)
  • Tanto-Jutsu (knife)
  • Shuriken-Jutsu
  • Naginata and Yari
  • Kyu-Jutsu (Ninja bow)
  • And other special Ninja weapons

Genbukan Ninpo encompasses many different schools, each of which has a unique feeling and emphasis. The three pillars of the art are called Tai-Jutsu (unarmed techniques), Bo-Jutsu (wooden staff techniques), and Biken-Jutsu (sword techniques), but there are many other disciplines, which make up the complete art. As a novice you will start by learning Tai-Jutsu, which is the backbone of Ninpo. The emphasis is placed on defending yourself from an attack such as a punch, kick or grab. The techniques are taught in the strictest traditional fashion by Soke Shoto Tanemura as they have been for hundreds of years.” Soke Shoto Tanemura (please note that the words of Soke Shoto Tanemura have been slightly paraphrased to make the English more colloquial)