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Shinryuken. Ninja Soke. Ninpo Legend.

The study of Martial Arts leads a student… like Shiro… to the Masters… who teach… students… like Shiro. A smaller slice of these Masters take the journey a lil’ further to lead the Ryu or Family Clan. Grand-Masters,.. SOKE… in the Japanese WAYS as the term goes. An Our World LEGENDs of a look at one of History’s recent. photocredit/thanks:japanesefinearts


The Japanese input into the History of Martial Arts is certainly one of the oldest,..

enduring even to Modern Times and Places.

The continuing influence of these Ancient Methods and Traditions obvious. Japanese Martial Arts and Traditions… still grow.

Budo and Bujutsu styles alike. Martial Way and Martial Technique.


Though veiled by necessity the Ninja Arts and Traditions are lil’ different.

The modernization and unification of the Japanese Nation also provided opportunity for other forms of employment.


Such is and was the case with…


Ninja Soke.

Ninpo Legend…

and all that…

that entails. Herein.


Soke Shinryukens… Rules for the Dojo. Herein. photocredit/thanks:tshirtsareus


The History of Japan’s unification as a Nation contains many Tales of War and Diplomacy. Geopolitics.

The Military Systems put into place from around the 1500’s strived to put an end to the Power divisions of the Feudal Lord System then prevalent. Battles and Skirmishes, Treaties and Alliances…

all shifted Power…

though each provided a little to bind the Country as One under such Rule. Eventually.


In and over such times of Martialness…

Three of these Warlords (Daimyo) came to dominate the Political Arena therein.

Oda Nobunaga,.. Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa.

Actions therein intended to bring together and end the Warring States.

Consolidation and Central Authorities enacted or rearranged.



to Unite a Nation.


Several centuries it took before the locally divided systems and approaches…

opted for another.

As Power of the Local Warlords eventually waned…


a Nation was thus reborn.


The Flag of the Rising Sun… Hinomaru… being raised at the U.N. Headquarters 1956. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia


Herein and therein the Japanese Language:


The Clan or Family…= (…RYU…).

The Grand-Master… = (…SOKE…).


SOKE TODA SHINRYUKEN MASAMITSU. photocredit/thanks:bujinkankyu



…WAS A cub.

Though Japan… in the early 1900’s was well into Modernization…

some things may never change.


The Training that is.



Takamatsu Toshitsugu grimaced and looked down again on the pain.

His hands.


Bloodied and torn they continued to strike. Ninjutsu Training for him at this time meant lil’ more than persistent and constant body conditioning. Against trees, sand, gravel…

…whatever surface O Sensei insisted on that eve.


Tonight was gravel.

Stony sharp edges meant pain.

Takamatsu had learnt very quickly that O Sensei being his Grandfather,..

was not always a positive.

His hands, proof enough of that.


Takamatsu’s father himself had requested the placement,..

hoping to toughen up a 9 year old it seems.


Best reflected in one of O Sensei’s favourite quotes:


…Even when you are faced with Death… Die Laughing… “.



Grand-Father of Takamatsu


…with some typical NINPO advice.




Unknown at the time though;..

was the Truth that soon enough…


and in his own Times and Places.

Takamatsu Toshitsugu would too… eventually.

Take up the mantle of Grand-Mastership of these Ancient arcane Arts of War.


But that is another of Our World Legends…

altogether. Linked above… therein.



Ninjutsu in the Western World as a Martial Art Tradition…

is still quite young.

Middle aged perhaps… some 40 years only.


Confined Shinobi Style in Japan for many of our centuries.

An Ancient Tradition therein.


The many Disciplines, Styles and Arts of War that merged and coalesced did so over Times and Places.

Events also.


The IGA WARS of the 1580’s brought the turbulence of Political and Nation Unification to the fore. Herein. The Slide-show. photocredit/thanks:fxguide


A United Nation…


Echoes of the Tokugawa, Hattori Hanzo…

and the Iga Wars versus such as Daimyo WarLord Oda Nobunaga.


Brought much into the Arts of War and Ninpo that Soke Shinryuken had Studied.


Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu.

戸田真竜軒正光 1824-1909.


Within the Toda Family/clan itself for example some 10 consecutive generations had long been immersed in such Arts as that within Togakure Ryu Ninpo and several related or associated Samurai/Ninja Arts.

Shinryuken’s Father,.. Toda Daisaburo Chikahide and Grand-Father Toda Eisaburo Nobumasa… had both served long Terms as Soke of several Martial Arts Traditions/Ryu as well.

Gyokko, Koto, Shinden Fudo, Kumogakure and such.

Martial Families and Clans.


Studying forms of both unarmed and weaponry.

Classical Martial Forms. Ninja mods added to.


A Recent Lineage Listing. Shinryuken… 32nd SOKE… Takamatsu… 33rd. photocredit/thanks:bujinkan/inner3


It took almost a  year.

A year before Shinryuken realised…

Politics was not a plus.


To his Study of the Arts of War.


1855… the relevant year therein.


The Tokugawa Regime of Governance had sought many reformations and wholesale changes.

To many aspects of the Geo-Political scenes and arenas.


Power and Class systems were brought under more direct Shogunate Authority which in turn became more centralized with hereditary Posts a norm,..

rather than say Martial prowess…

impressing so and upon Society.


A Castle of the Tokugawa Regime. This one is in EDO,.. Japan. photocredit/thanks:elteprompthu



Politics of Change.


Shinryuken had come to the attention of those given responsibility in KYOTO to form a National Military Academy.



As one of the representatives of the Martially inclined TODA Family.

He was soon enough… given responsibility therein.

First Chief Instructor…

Tokugawa appointed to school the Military Academy’s Martial Skill-sets thereof as well.


Oft referred in the annals as “… Hiken…”

Shinryuken… of the Secret Sword.


A renowned Sword-Master with a growing reputation for all-round Skills.

‘Cept perhaps…

the vagaries of Politics… therein.


By 1855… he knew.

Time… for another Way.


The Times and Places… are a changin’ it seems…


Seeing first hand the effects of political ploys…

being deployed against close friends, mentors and advisors.

Matsushira Norimasa.

Matsuhira Tadamasa.

Matsudaira Noriyasu.


Political plays that decimated the ruling Council and rearranged Power structures of Governance.

Where men of Rule and Law… get relegated and replaced. By others more favourable…

to that and those styles of Governance.


Time indeed for a change,..

in deed and in fact as well.


Time for… another view it seems. IOT CASH.?. Herein.


Ninpo Legend.
The Shinobi School.


With only slight adjustment in approach Shinryuken shinobied on per se.


Setting up both a Chiropractic Clinic and Martial Dojo.

In the Kobe area.

For such as… grand-son Takamatsu…

later that is… to attend. 1900’s.


i, Shiro too…

much later is and was… that though, as well. 1984.


Foregoing Public Life and Duties for a more Community minded approach.

To the Arts of War. Martial… and Arts Training thereof and therein also.


Sword Master.

Ninja Master.

Ninpo Grand-Master.


Ninpo Legend.


Another Ways… to other Martial Skills. Herein. photocredit/thanks:jordanbradleyward


Having learnt many and several Ways he sought to and eventually taught…

a more unified approach also.

Hardened by Time and circumstance he impressed this need upon All his Students.

Related Family… or not.


His Works and Legacy even acclaimed in later Journals of Japanese Martialness.


The BUGEI RYUHA DAIJITEN Encyclopedia… 1963,..

for example;.. includes:


玉虎流骨指術 …a Koshijutsu Ryu.

虎倒流骨法術 …a Koppojutsu Ryu.

神伝不動流打拳体術 …a Dakentaijutsu Ryu.

…though not an official nor complete listing by any means,..

does note at least three of the Ryu Traditions associated closely with Shinryuken and the Toda Clan personages and Families.


Such Japanese works of Literature and Classics do much to continue to convey the rich multitude of talent belonging to the Masters and Representatives of the Martial Traditions.

Tending to highly illuminate the indirect references that oft go on behind the scenes of many Modern Institutions. Clan links and Families that made up much of the Geo-Political Arena.

By doing so…


one of the few Ways to view…

a more panoramic overview of Ancient Society.


That those therein,.. enamored of the Arts of Self-Defence…

do have and provide. Hopefully.


Shinryuken Masamitsu of Toda… Japan. photocredit/thanks:ninjutsucolumbia


With Experience gained from Masters.

Our World Legends.



Be One.





(Video Link)




Till next…


Musashi… was this close. Herein. The Awesome Legend. Our World Legends indeed. gifcredit/thanks: pinterest




SHIRO’s 7 FINAL WAYS TO SPEAK LIKE NINJA… GLOSSARY: T–Z. SHIRO’s NINPO ALPHABET SOUP… another piece in Shiro’s struggle with… another language altogether. Shiro emptied his mind… and look what happened.!. Terms and meanings… everywhere. Speak like NINJA indeed. This GLOSSARY… getting GARGANTUAN indeed and in fact too.




SPEAK-terms/word glossary:

  • SHIRO’s… 7 ways to speak like ninja glossary… a–g.
  • SHIRO’s 7 more ways to speak like ninja glossary… h–n.
  • SHIRO’s 5 ways to speak like ninja glossary…o–s.
  • SHIRO’s 7 final ways to speak like ninja glossary t–z…herein below.


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  


  • 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.



The sound i make before…

idreamofninja…do you have a dream?…NJOY.SIMPLE.




  • SHIRO’s 7 ways to speak like ninja glossary a–g.
  • SHIRO’s 7 more ways to speak like ninja glossary h–n.
  • SHIRO’s 5 ways to speak like ninja glossary o–s.
  • SHIRO’s 7 final ways to speak like ninja glossary t–z…therein above.


Till next…



SHIRO’s 5 OTHER WAYS TO SPEAK LIKE NINJA…GLOSSARY: O–S. SHIRO’s NINPO ALPHABET SOUP… Just another piece within Shiro’s struggle with… another language. Shiro empties Mind… and see what happened.!. All Terms and meanings… All over. Speak like NINJA. GLOSSARY… getting GIGANTIC indeed and in fact too.






SPEAK-terms/word glossary:

  • SHIRO’s… 7 ways to speak like ninja glossary… a–g.
  • SHIRO’s 7 more ways to speak like ninja glossary… h–n.
  • SHIRO’s 5 ways to speak like ninja glossary o–s…herein below.
  • SHIRO’s 7 final ways to speak like ninja glossary t–z.


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  

  • 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 )



  • SHIRO’s… 7 ways to speak like ninja glossary… a–g.
  • SHIRO’s 7 more ways to speak like ninja glossary… h–n.
  • SHIRO’s 5 ways to speak like ninja glossary o–s…therein above.
  • SHIRO’s 7 final ways to speak like ninja glossary t–z


Till next…